Enterprise Reporter Reporting: What is a report type?

In the previous Enterprise Reporter blog post, Aarti shared her insights about the power of an Enterprise Reporter custom query report.  Today, Samer shares how to use Enterprise Reporter report types to customize an existing report or to create a new one.

If you are unable to get the information you want from an existing report in the library, you can modify an existing report or create a new report. In either case, a report type is used to determine what fields can be included in the report. A report can only contain fields from one report type. For example, if you want to report on domain groups, you would use the Groups report type, which would include all available domain group fields. If you also need to report on their members, you would use the Group Members report type, which would include fields related to the member account in addition to all available domain group fields.

To choose a report type

  1. From the Enterprise Reporter Report Manager, create a new report or edit an existing report in the My Reports category.
  2. If you create a new report, enter the general information about the report.
  3. Open the Fields tab.
  4. Here you can modify the fields included in the report.
    The available fields are determined by the selected report type.
  5. Continue creating or editing the report.
  6. Click OK.

When creating a report, take some time to figure out what fields you want to include. Knowing what you want in the report will help you decide which Report Type to choose as the basis of your report.

For more information on creating or editing reports, see the Enterprise Reporter Report Manager User Guide.

In the next installment, we'll be reviewing more Advanced Reporting concepts.