CA Spectrum Report Manager User Guide

CA Spectrum®
Report Manager User Guide
Release 9.4
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CA Spectrum® (CA Spectrum)
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CA Spectrum® Report Manager (Report Manager)
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CA Spectrum® Service Performance Manager (SPM)
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CA Spectrum® Network Configuration Manager (NCM)
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Contents
Chapter 1: About CA Spectrum Reporting
7
Overview ...................................................................................................................................................................... 7
Report Customization ........................................................................................................................................... 7
Report Scheduling ................................................................................................................................................. 8
Reports On Demand .............................................................................................................................................. 8
Ad Hoc Reports ..................................................................................................................................................... 8
Report Publishing .................................................................................................................................................. 9
Report Types ................................................................................................................................................................ 9
Chapter 2: About CA Business Intelligence
13
Introducing CA Business Intelligence (CABI) .............................................................................................................. 13
Introducing BusinessObjects Enterprise XI (BOXI) ..................................................................................................... 13
Introducing InfoView .................................................................................................................................................. 14
What Does InfoView Replace? ............................................................................................................................ 15
Chapter 3: Using Reports
17
Use InfoView to Generate Reports ............................................................................................................................ 17
Understanding Report Parameters ..................................................................................................................... 19
Usernames and Passwords ................................................................................................................................. 20
Generate a Report in a Secure Environment ...................................................................................................... 20
Displaying Graphical Elements in Reports .......................................................................................................... 22
Schedule a Report ...................................................................................................................................................... 23
View Scheduled Reports ..................................................................................................................................... 23
Print a Report ...................................................................................................................................................... 24
Chapter 4: Generating Ad Hoc Reports
27
Introducing Ad Hoc Reporting .................................................................................................................................... 27
Ad Hoc Reporting Folder Structure ..................................................................................................................... 27
Generate a Simple Ad Hoc Report ...................................................................................................................... 29
Generate a Complex Ad Hoc Report with Advanced Formatting........................................................................ 32
Chapter 5: WEBI Sample Reports
37
Use WEBI Sample Reports .......................................................................................................................................... 37
Access WEBI Sample Reports .............................................................................................................................. 37
Copying and Editing WEBI Sample Reports ......................................................................................................... 38
Contents 5
User Resolving Java Error in Report Manager Sample (WEBI) Reports ...................................................................... 39
Index
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Chapter 1: About CA Spectrum Reporting
This section contains the following topics:
Overview (see page 7)
Report Types (see page 9)
Overview
CA Spectrum Reporting provides an analysis of the inventory, availability, changes,
performance, and fault history of the network assets that are managed in CA Spectrum.
You can share reports throughout the enterprise. CA Spectrum Reporting compiles the
required data and presents it in a specified format.
The CA Spectrum Reporting data server extracts data from the CA Spectrum knowledge
base and stores it in the reporting database. You can generate reports that provide
information on various aspects of network assets that are relevant to an organization.
CA Spectrum Reporting addresses the information requirements of not only the
Information Technology (IT) group, but also of other groups in your organization.
CA Spectrum Reporting helps you make informed decisions on IT assets and provides
the following information:
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Assets that have the most issues.
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Events and Alarms that recur frequently.
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Number of routers or other gateway devices from a specific vendor that are
deployed in the network.
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Devices that are the most and least frequently offline.
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Modified and deleted assets.
Report Customization
CA Spectrum Reporting lets you customize and specify the type of content to include in
reports. You can specify how the data is organized and represented using text and
graphics. Customization features include the following options:
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Detailed or summary versions of the asset information. Detailed information
includes sub views for report items such as devices, ports, or vendors.
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Information that is organized by asset type, landscape, vendor, or global collections.
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Historical period—asset information from an earlier day, week, month, year, a
specific date range, or business day hours.
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Overview
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Report layout—title, subtitle, header and footer text, and sort order.
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Charts and graphs.
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Do-it-yourself Ad Hoc reports.
For more information, see Generating Ad Hoc Reports (see page 27).
Report Scheduling
CA Spectrum Reporting lets you set up, save, and schedule reports to run on a one-time
or periodic basis. When you schedule a report, CA Spectrum Reporting automatically
generates it at the time you specify and saves the report results. You can schedule
reports for other users and also configure email reports to any number of recipients.
Reports On Demand
Running reports interactively, or on demand, provides the flexibility to generate the
most recent and required information. The report on demand feature lets you perform
the following actions:
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Experiment with various report types and configurations. Testing can be performed
to select the reports that you want to schedule.
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Investigate acute problems or trends that occur in an IT infrastructure by generating
reports over various intervals and settings.
Ad Hoc Reports
The CA Spectrum Ad Hoc Reporting feature enables you to define your own reports. CA
Spectrum Ad Hoc Reporting lets you drag-and-drop data objects to construct reports
that are specific to your environment. The data objects that are available in the Ad Hoc
environment represent a significant subset of CA Spectrum attributes that support a
wide range of custom reporting requirements.
CA Spectrum Ad Hoc Reporting lets you define all aspects of a report. You can select the
data objects, parameters, and layout, using WEBI features.
For more information, see Generating Ad Hoc Reports (see page 27).
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Report Types
Report Publishing
CA Spectrum Reporting lets you print and save reports in the following formats that
accommodate the publishing, presentation, and recordkeeping requirements of your
organization:
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Microsoft® Excel®
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Microsoft® Word®
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PDF
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RTF
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XML
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Crystal Reports® (RPT)
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Comma-separated values (CSV)
Report Types
To accommodate the diverse information requirements in your organization, you can
generate various reports. CA Spectrum reports are grouped into report packs. Each
report pack includes predefined reports that provide a specific type of information
about your network assets.
Standard report packs include the following types of reports:
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Alarm
Alarm reports generate historical information about alarm events for assets in the
IT infrastructure. Alarm reports can assess the network health, identify alarm
trends, find recurring or cyclical problems, and locate assets with past alarms.
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Asset
Asset reports generate information about the inventory of assets in the IT
infrastructure, including information on asset port availability and asset firmware
versions. Asset reports can be used to determine how vendor products are
distributed throughout the infrastructure. You can assess whether they are being
used effectively and can identify opportunities for improvement.
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Availability
Availability reports provide historical information about uptime and downtime for
assets in the IT infrastructure. A Projected-Availability report lets you determine the
downtime that assets can sustain before they violate a threshold or SLA.
Note: Consult a CA Spectrum Reporting administrator for information about
exemptions for planned outages or outages that occur on holidays.
Chapter 1: About CA Spectrum Reporting 9
Report Types
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Event
Event reports provide information about CA Spectrum events that are generated for
CA Spectrum models. You can generate event reports for all models or for selected
models. You can also generate reports that contain ranked lists of the most
frequently occurring events during specific time periods. Event filtering options let
you supply event codes to include or exclude from all event reports.
Upgrade reports include the following reports:
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Legacy Reports
Legacy reports are scheduled reports that are migrated from previous CA Spectrum
Reporting versions during an upgrade.
CA Spectrum Reporting also supports the following optional report packs:
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Network Configuration Management (NCM)
Network Configuration Management (NCM) reports provide information about
network configuration activities that NCM recorded. For more information, see the
CA Spectrum Network Configuration Manager User Guide.
Note: NCM must be installed with OneClick to enable the NCM reports.
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Response Time
Response Time reports provide information about response time test results and
analysis that CA Spectrum Service Performance Manager compiled. The Response
Time report pack includes trend and exception reports which help you troubleshoot
response time issues before they become problems for end users. Reports
graphically depict past performance and trends in response times. Exception or Top
N reports detail the areas where proactive action can be taken to avoid critical
issues. For more information, see the CA Spectrum Service Performance Manager
User Guide.
Note: CA Spectrum Service Performance Manager must be installed with OneClick
to enable the Response Time reports.
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Service and SLA
Service and SLA reports provide summary and historical information about service
and Service Level Agreements (SLAs). The reports focus on service customer models
that are created and managed with CA Spectrum Service Manager. Service and SLA
reports enable you to track service assets, gauge service health, and analyze results
to determine how to improve service performance.
Note: Service Manager must be installed with OneClick to enable the Service and
SLA reports.
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Report Types
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Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) Reports (available if the CA Spectrum VPLS
Manager application is installed with OneClick)
CA Spectrum VPLS Manager is a CA Spectrum add-on management application for
service providers who are deploying VPLS technology. By integrating CA Spectrum
VPLS Manager with CA Spectrum Reporting, you can view reports for monitoring
the health of your VPLS environment. For more information, see the CA Spectrum
VPLS Manager Guide.
More Information
Using Reports (see page 17)
Chapter 1: About CA Spectrum Reporting 11
Chapter 2: About CA Business Intelligence
This section contains the following topics:
Introducing CA Business Intelligence (CABI) (see page 13)
Introducing BusinessObjects Enterprise XI (BOXI) (see page 13)
Introducing InfoView (see page 14)
Introducing CA Business Intelligence (CABI)
CA Spectrum Reporting uses CA Business Intelligence (CABI) to display reports.
CABI is a reporting and analytic software package that CA Spectrum and other CA
products use to present information and support business decisions. CA Spectrum uses
CABI to integrate, analyze, and present information that is required for effective
enterprise IT management, through reports.
CABI is composed of SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI, with a set of tools for
information management, reporting, querying, and analysis.
CABI installs SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI (BOXI) as a standalone component. The
installation runs independently and enables other CA products to share Business
Intelligence services. CABI installation is a distinct activity within the overall CA product
installation process.
For more information, see the CA Business Intelligence Implementation Guide and the
CA Business Intelligence Release Notes.
Introducing BusinessObjects Enterprise XI (BOXI)
CA Business Intelligence packages and delivers BusinessObjects Enterprise XI (BOXI).
BOXI is a flexible, scalable, and reliable business intelligence reporting system that can
be integrated into an information technology infrastructure.
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Introducing InfoView
CA Spectrum uses an extensive set of business intelligence capabilities that include
reporting, querying, and analyzing using BusinessObjects Enterprise technology. CA
Spectrum uses the following reporting technologies that BusinessObjects Enterprise
offers:
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Crystal Reports®, a common reporting framework enables CA products to
deliver reports through BusinessObjects Enterprise Crystal Reports Viewer. Reports
from the Crystal Reports framework have the Crystal Reports icon.
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BusinessObjects Web Intelligence® (WEBI) is an improvised query and analysis
tool for easy data access, exploration, and interaction. The WEBI drag-and-drop
interface lets you construct your own reports. Reports from the WEBI interface
have the WEBI icon.
Introducing InfoView
BusinessObjects Enterprise InfoView (InfoView) is a web-based interface that lets you
manage reports with the following features:
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Browsing and searching capabilities.
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Content access (creating, editing, and viewing).
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Content scheduling and publishing.
InfoView functions like a Windows application rather than a simple web application. The
InfoView toolbar dynamically changes to provide actions through context menus that
are consistent with the function you want to perform. Report structures are consistent
and provide security and authorizations.
InfoView also provides access to the Web Intelligence (WEBI) designer. The WEBI
designer lets you create customized reports with a simple drag-and-drop interface.
Custom data object selection with effective filtering options enables reporting
capabilities for your environment. You can use Preferences to personalize your InfoView
start page, specify viewing options, and perform other tasks.
You can use Preferences to personalize your InfoView start page, specify viewing
options, and perform other tasks. For more information, see the CA Business Intelligence
Implementation Guide.
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Introducing InfoView
What Does InfoView Replace?
Before CA Spectrum r9.2, CA Spectrum Reporting used a proprietary, custom user
interface, and folder organization.
CA Spectrum Reporting functions are now available through CA BusinessObjects
Enterprise XI InfoView. The primary benefit of InfoView is that most CA products with
reporting capabilities are presented in a consistent way. With InfoView, CA products use
the report content that is stored in a common repository. The common InfoView
interface ensures that the CA Reports are run and scheduled in the same manner.
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Chapter 3: Using Reports
This section contains the following topics:
Use InfoView to Generate Reports (see page 17)
Schedule a Report (see page 23)
Use InfoView to Generate Reports
You can access InfoView from the OneClick home page to generate and manage reports.
Consult your OneClick administrator for the following information:
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Supported Web browsers.
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BOXI login credentials to access InfoView.
Follow these steps:
1.
Log in to OneClick.
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Use InfoView to Generate Reports
2.
Click the InfoView tab in the OneClick Console.
The CA BusinessObjects InfoView window opens.
Note: You can also open InfoView directly from a Web browser to access CA
Spectrum reports. The typical URL format is as follows:
http://<hostname>/InfoViewApp
3.
Click the Document List folder.
The Document List folder lets you view all InfoView reports, including CA Spectrum
reports.
4.
Select the Public Folders, and then CA Reports.
Note: You can set the CA Reports folder as the InfoView start page through the
Preferences section. For more information, see the CA Business Intelligence
Implementation Guide.
5.
Select CA Spectrum Reports.
You can access report packs to which you have been granted rights. Consult your
administrator for assistance if you cannot access a report pack.
6.
Specify the parameter values for the selected report.
The following image shows the parameter settings for an 'Availability by Vendor
and Type: All Devices' report.
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Use InfoView to Generate Reports
7.
Click View Report.
The report displays.
8.
To Export/Save a report, click the Export icon and select the report type to save.
The report is saved.
Understanding Report Parameters
When you generate a CA Spectrum report, a Parameter dialog lets you specify
parameters applicable to the report.
All reports include a report title and subtitle that you can customize. Date range
parameters let you generate reports that provide historical information on the
availability of assets and their associated changes and problems.
Reports also include parameters for specifying graphical or tabular representations of
information.
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Use InfoView to Generate Reports
Usernames and Passwords
OneClick users are automatically added to BOXI. The default BOXI password is the
username. Change the default password at your initial login.
If a default BOXI password is set, contact the Report Manager administrator to reset the
password. For more information, see the CA Spectrum Report Manager Installation and
Administration Guide.
The administrator can add users directly to BOXI using the Central Management Console
(CMC). CMC is a web-based tool that offers a single interface to perform administrative
tasks, including user, content, and server management. CMC lets you publish, organize,
and set security levels for your BusinessObjects Enterprise content. For more
information, see the CA Business Intelligence Integration Guide.
Generate a Report in a Secure Environment
In CA Spectrum Report Manager, model-based security is introduced to ensure that you
can only report on models to which you have access. CA Spectrum Reporting honors the
model-based security implementation that you have established in OneClick.
For CA Spectrum Reporting users that exist as OneClick users, user access resolution
includes the following components:
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User security communities
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Landscape membership
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CA Spectrum Reporting View Data permission with a model landscape
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Security String to determine the model accessibility
The following picture illustrates the new access resolution process:
Note: For CA Spectrum Reporting users who lack corresponding OneClick accounts,
unlimited reporting access to all models is initially provided.
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Use InfoView to Generate Reports
If you have access to a model during the resolution process, you can effectively report
on the model. If a model is inaccessible, any information pertaining to that model is
absent from the reports (such as details associated with the model or model values in
aggregations).
For more information, see the CA Spectrum Report Manager Installation and
Administration Guide.
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Use InfoView to Generate Reports
Displaying Graphical Elements in Reports
CA Spectrum Reporting lets you use graphical elements in many reports to represent
various types of information on network assets. For example, frequency, proportion,
and trends. You can use the graphical elements to generate reports that you plan to
include in briefings and presentations for diverse (for example, technical and
non-technical) audiences.
The following graphical elements are displayed in CA Spectrum reports.
Bar Graphs:
CA Spectrum Reports use bar graphs to display report results that indicate the volume
and the relative frequency with which something occurred on an asset (such as, alarms)
or comparative ranking of various assets (such as, availability).
A bar graph from an alarm report illustrates the number of alarms that occurred for a
particular group of assets over a particular time period. The graph indicates the number
and proportion of alarms for each asset in the group.
Pie Charts:
CA Spectrum Reports use pie charts to display the percentage breakdown of report
results in terms of proportion.
For example, a pie chart displays the following assets:
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An equivalent proportion of switch-routers and switches.
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A greater proportion of routers.
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A small proportion of non-specific pingable devices in the network segment.
Line Charts:
CA Spectrum Reports use line charts in Response Time reports to graph continuous data
over time. Line charts indicate fluctuations in latency measured in milliseconds over a
specific time period.
Color Indicators:
CA Spectrum Reports use the condition color indicators for alarm severity and alarm
entries in Alarm reports. A color scheme specific to CA Spectrum is used to indicate
threshold compliance levels in Availability reports.
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Schedule a Report
Schedule a Report
You can schedule a report from the Schedule window. To run scheduled reports
correctly, select options on the Parameters page.
Follow these steps:
1.
Log in to OneClick.
2.
Click the InfoView tab in the OneClick Console.
The CA BusinessObjects InfoView window opens.
3.
Select Document List, Public Folders, CA Reports, and CA Spectrum.
A list of CA Spectrum reports display.
4.
Select a report.
5.
Right-click and select Schedule.
The Schedule window appears.
6.
Click Parameters.
The Parameters page displays.
The Parameters page is dynamic and provides various fields depending on the
report values required. The Parameters page also displays when you run a report on
demand.
7.
Specify the parameter values in the Parameter page, and click the 'Set Parameter
Values' button.
Note: If you do not select 'Set Parameter Values', the parameter values are not set
on the report and the scheduled report fails to generate.
8.
Click the Schedule button.
The report is scheduled.
View Scheduled Reports
After you schedule a report, you can verify the schedule by checking scheduled
instances of that report.
The history report can be set to show all instances, instances that you own, and
instances that are completed. In addition, you can filter instances by time.
If multiple scheduled reports are created from the same on-demand report, all instances
for the scheduled reports are listed. You can organize the instance list by sorting on the
Title column.
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Schedule a Report
Follow these steps:
1.
Navigate to the CA BusinessObjects InfoView window.
2.
Select Document List, Public Folders, CA Reports, and CA Spectrum.
A list of CA Spectrum reports display.
3.
Select the report.
4.
Right-click and select History.
The History window shows a history of scheduled instances for that report.
Print a Report
You can print any report from the report view, from a duplicate report view, and from a
report subview. During the printing setup process, CA Spectrum Reporting saves a
report to a PDF file. You can print or you can save the pdf file.
Note: You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed to print a report.
Follow these steps:
1.
Navigate to the CA BusinessObjects InfoView window.
2.
Select Document List, Public Folders, CA Reports, and then CA Spectrum.
A list of CA Spectrum reports display.
3.
Select the report to print.
4.
Click Print this Report (Do not use your browser print icon).
The Print to PDF window opens.
5.
Select All Pages to print the entire report, or specify the page range in the From and
To fields.
6.
Click Export.
The File Download dialog opens.
7.
Perform one of the following steps:
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Print the report now:
a.
Click Open With in the File Download dialog. The report opens as a PDF file
in Adobe Acrobat Reader.
b.
Use the Adobe Acrobat Reader print options to print the report. (You can
also save the report to your computer from the Adobe window).
Schedule a Report
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Save the report, and print it later:
a.
Click Save File in the File Download dialog to open the Save As window.
b.
Enter a filename (in place of the default filename, ReportViewer) and save
it as an Adobe Acrobat document.
The report is printed.
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Chapter 4: Generating Ad Hoc Reports
This section contains the following topics:
Introducing Ad Hoc Reporting (see page 27)
Introducing Ad Hoc Reporting
CA Spectrum Ad Hoc Reporting is a feature which provides flexibility to define your own
reports. You can generate the following Ad Hoc reports using Ad Hoc Reporting:
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Simple Ad Hoc Reports
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Complex Ad Hoc Reports
The CA Spectrum Ad Hoc Reporting feature provides the following capabilities that
enable you to define your own reports:
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Custom selection of data objects
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Custom selection of chart options
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Custom layout of report components
To enable custom reporting, CA Spectrum Reporting relies on the use of an internally
designed BusinessObjects metadata layer referred to as a universe. A universe is a data
abstraction mechanism that is provided by BusinessObjects to allow data retrieval from
a database without a deep understanding of the underlying data structures. A CA
Spectrum-specific universe provided by CA is deployed to the BusinessObjects
Enterprise software to support your Ad Hoc reporting needs.
Ad Hoc Reporting Folder Structure
Within each major folder (Asset, Event, Alarm, Alarm Activity, Availability/Outage), the
primary or core objects/fields are presented. Subfolders provide supporting objects.
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Introducing Ad Hoc Reporting
Important! Consider each major content folder as a self-contained source for report
development. Do not mix the objects from one major content area (for example, Alarm)
with another (Asset) when you design the report. Mixing objects from disparate content
areas can lead to long-running queries against the database.
The following picture illustrates the folder structure of Ad Hoc Reporting.
Fields in capital letters designate the key or object that uniquely identifies the logical
reporting entity that is associated with the major containing folder. For example, the
inclusion of the EVENT KEY object in an event report query ensures that unique events
are returned in the report result set.
The description of the icons is as follows:
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Indicates dimension objects.
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Indicates measurement objects.
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Introducing Ad Hoc Reporting
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Indicates a condition or filter. The ready-made conditions assist you in efficient
report development.
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*
Indicates a condition or filter. When a report is executed, a dialog appears for
further information.
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(x) Indicates the objects contained within this folder. Do not mix with objects in a
different folder that also has an (x) designation.
For example, including objects from both the 'Device Event Information (x)' and
'Interface Event Information (x)' folders leads to no results. A model cannot be both
a device and an interface simultaneously.
Generate a Simple Ad Hoc Report
You can generate a simple Ad Hoc Alarm Report using Web Intelligence. You can access
Web Intelligence from CA BusinessObjects InfoView.
Review the following considerations before using CA Spectrum Ad Hoc Reporting:
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Use time filters whenever possible to produce efficient running reports.
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Consider the amount of data your report is running against. For example, if you are
generating a million events a day, running a year to date report on events likely
negatively affect your performance. Specify the shortest time frame possible that
produce the data that you require.
Follow these steps:
1.
Access the CA BusinessObjects InfoView window.
2.
Click Document List.
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Introducing Ad Hoc Reporting
3.
Click New, Web Intelligence Document.
The 'Web Intelligence Document - New Document' window appears, displaying a list
of Business Object Universes.
4.
Select the 'Spectrum Ad Hoc - MySQL - EN' Universe type to launch a new CA
Spectrum Ad Hoc Reporting Web Intelligence session.
A message indicates that the Web Intelligence application is starting.
Note: The process of initiating a new Web Intelligence session can take a few
minutes while a Java applet loads.
The Web Intelligence window appears. The Data panel structure parallels the CA
Spectrum Reporting structure and displays the following nodes:
5.
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Asset
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Event
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Alarm
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Alarm Activity
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Availability/Outage
Click the + sign to expand folders and view data objects and filters that are related
to the folder content.
Introducing Ad Hoc Reporting
6.
Expand the Alarm folder to view objects.
Drag-and-drop fields from the Data panel to the Results Objects panel.
For example, from the Alarm panel, drag and drop the Manufacturer and Total
Alarms objects into the Result Objects panel. The Manufacturer object is located
within the 'Device Alarm Information' subfolder.
The following picture illustrates the process to drag and drop the Manufacturer and
Total Alarm objects into the Result Objects panel:
7.
Drag-and-drop Filter options.
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Expand the 'Alarm Data Filters' subfolder to view only alarms that have
occurred during the current calendar year.
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Expand the 'Alarm Time Filters' subfolder. Then drag-and-drop the 'Year to
Date (YTD)' filter into the 'Query Filters' panel.
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Introducing Ad Hoc Reporting
8.
Select Run Query to execute the query with the objects specified.
A Report View perspective which contains the default report (simple, and
un-formatted report) results display.
The following picture shows the number of alarms that occurred during the
calendar year by Device Manufacture.
9.
(Optional) Use the available formatting options to format the report (such as, Title,
Templates).
10. To save the document to the My Favorites folder, click Save As. (Optional) You can
save the report to your local desktop or can publish the report to the BOXI
enterprise.
A Simple Ad Hoc Report is generated.
Generate a Complex Ad Hoc Report with Advanced Formatting
You can generate a Complex Ad Hoc report by modifying a Simple Ad Hoc Report. You
can further format your reports to make them more useful.
Follow these steps:
1.
Access a Simple Ad Hoc report that you have generated.
The baseline report captures the number of alarms that have occurred this year,
sorted by the device manufacturer.
2.
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To sort the data, select the column header to sort, and then click Sort.
Introducing Ad Hoc Reporting
3.
Select Edit Query.
For example, you can perform the following steps to format your reports:
1.
Drag the Severity object located in the Alarm folder to the Result Objects panel.
2.
Select Run Query.
3.
Run the modified query.
The Report View perspective displays.
Report is updated to include the new Severity field that is added to the report
query.
4.
Drag-and-drop the Severity object into the report table.
The updated report table now contains three columns.
5.
To convert the existing table into a crosstab table, where Severity is on the Y-axis
and Manufacturer is on the X-axis, drag the Manufacturer column heading above
the table.
Note: Do not release the column heading until a tooltip appears indicating that a
crosstab is created.
The two-dimensional array enables you to see the total number of alarm counts
breakdown by severity within each manufacturer. In addition, the crosstab is
helpful for comparing alarm counts across device manufacturers.
6.
To add subtotals to the table, perform the following steps:
a.
Highlight all the alarm count cells in the table (do not select the row/column
headers).
b.
Click Sigma.
c.
Select Sum.
The crosstab contains subtotals by manufacturer and severity.
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Introducing Ad Hoc Reporting
7.
To create a graphical representation of this data, such as a bar chart, perform the
following steps:
a.
To copy the existing crosstab, select the entire crosstab, right-click, and select
Copy.
b.
Move the cursor directly underneath the existing crosstab, right-click, and
select Paste.
You can now see a second identical crosstab below the first crosstab.
c.
To convert the bottom crosstab to a horizontal bar chart, select the entire
crosstab, right-click, and select Turn To.
The Turn To window appears. The Turn To window contains multiple tabs, each
tab corresponds to the different types of charts available.
d.
Click the Bar tab, select the Horizontal Stacked chart option, and click OK.
An unformatted horizontal stacked bar chart appears directly underneath the
crosstab.
8.
Perform the following steps to add legend and data values to improve the format of
your report.
a.
To add a legend, select the entire chart, and click the Data tab.
b.
Expand the Appearance section in the Properties box.
c.
Click the Legend checkbox.
d.
To add data values, select the entire chart in the Appearance section and the
Values subsection.
e.
Click the Show data checkbox.
The report displays with both legend and data values.
9.
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To change the chart to reflect the standard CA Spectrum Reporting coloring
conventions for alarm severity (Red=Critical, Orange=Major, Yellow=Minor),
perform the following tasks:
a.
Within the Appearance and subsequent Data section, select the Palette option.
b.
From the Select Palette dialog, select Edit Palette.
c.
Select colors (Red, Orange, and Yellow).
d.
Click OK to change the color palette.
e.
Click OK to apply the modified palette to the chart.
Introducing Ad Hoc Reporting
10. Update the report title by double-clicking the default title box and entering a new
title.
A Complex Ad Hoc report is generated with advanced formatting.
11. Click Drill to drill down on data within the report to view individual alarms.
Continue to select fields in the table report or bars in the graphic report until you
have the data that you require.
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Chapter 5: WEBI Sample Reports
This section contains the following topics:
Use WEBI Sample Reports (see page 37)
User Resolving Java Error in Report Manager Sample (WEBI) Reports (see page 39)
Use WEBI Sample Reports
CA Spectrum Reporting includes WEBI Sample Reports, which are based on Crystal
Reports. The WEBI sample reports also showcase some of the WEBI features:
■
Graphing
■
Aggregate Data Functions
■
Varied Report Layouts
■
Crosstabs and Pivot Tables.
Access WEBI Sample Reports
You can access and run WEBI Sample reports from CA Business Objects InfoView. Using
the WEBI sample reports as templates, you can create your own WEBI-based reports
and select relevant CA Spectrum data.
Follow these steps:
1.
From the CA Business Objects InfoView window, select Document List, Public
Folders, CA Reports, and then CA Spectrum.
2.
Select Sample WEBI Documents.
The available Sample WEBI documents/reports appear.
3.
Double-click a report.
The report displays.
4.
Select report parameter values, where required.
5.
Click Run Query.
The report displays.
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Use WEBI Sample Reports
Copying and Editing WEBI Sample Reports
The WEBI Sample Reports can be used as a base for copying and editing to create your
own WEBI reports.
The following picture shows the WEBI Sample reports:
Important! We recommended not editing the WEBI Sample Reports directly. Copy the
report to another folder, and edit the report.
Follow these steps:
1.
Create a folder outside the CA Reports folder hierarchy, and under the Public
Folders level to contain your customized WEBI reports.
Note: Create folders outside the CA Reports folder hierarchy, and under the Public
Folders level is important as product upgrades may overwrite contents inside the
CA Reports folder. For more information, see the CA Business Intelligence
Integration Guide.
2.
Access the WEBI Sample Reports.
3.
Select the report that you want to copy, right-click, and select Organize Copy.
4.
Select the report folder that you created, right-click, and select Organize Paste.
The report appears in the right-hand side panel.
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User Resolving Java Error in Report Manager Sample (WEBI) Reports
5.
Highlight the report that you copied, right-click, and select Modify.
The Ad Hoc Reporting panel appears.
a.
To edit the report display, click Edit Report.
b.
To edit the query, click Edit Query.
The Ad Hoc Reporting Panel provides multiple features. For more information, see
Generating Ad Hoc Reports (see page 27).
User Resolving Java Error in Report Manager Sample (WEBI)
Reports
Symptom:
A Java error appears in the Report Manager Sample (WEBI) reports. When I open
sample report, I see the following error message:
Java has discovered application components that could indicate a security concern -Block potentially unsafe components from being run? (recommended). (Yes/No)
If I select Yes, the report results do not display. If I select No, the report results are
displayed.
Solution:
The issue occurs when running your browser on a Windows system with versions higher
than Java 6 update 17. To resolve this issue, perform the following steps:
1.
Open Java from the Control Panel.
2.
Select the Advanced Tab
3.
Expand the Security option.
4.
Expand the Mixed Code option.
5.
Select 'Enable - hide warning and run with protections'.
The report runs successfully on Windows.
Chapter 5: WEBI Sample Reports 39
Index
A
adhoc reporting
folder structure • 27
generating complex report • 32
generating simple report • 29
introduction • 27
alarms
reports • 9
assets
availability reports • 9
reports • 9
B
BusinessObjects Enterprise XI (BOXI) • 13
C
CA Business Intelligence (CABI) • 13
CA Spectrum
reporting • 7
contacting technical support • 3
customer support, contacting • 3
customizing • 7
E
events
reports • 9
I
InfoView • 14
L
legacy reports • 9
N
R
reporting • 7
reports
accessing • 17
adhoc • 8
customization • 7
graphical elements • 22
on-demand • 8
overview • 9
parameters • 19
publishing • 9
scheduling • 8, 23
response time reports • 9
S
scheduling • 8
Service and SLA reports • 9
support, contacting • 3
T
technical support, contacting • 3
V
viewing • 23
VPLS
reports • 9
W
WEBI
accessing • 37
copying • 38
editing • 38
running • 37
Network Configuration Management reports • 9
O
on-demand reporting • 8
P
printing • 24
publishing • 9
Index 41
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