Garth’s Guideline for Creating Reports

by | May 11, 2007 | odds and ends

Last updated on March 23rd, 2024 at 10:08 pm

As a Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MEMCM / MECM / SCCM / ConfigMgr ) Admin, Reporting is a fact of life! In MECM it built-in report is really SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). You can ever See Power BI Desktop or Power BI Report Server (PBRS) Reports too!

Garth’s Guideline for Creating Reports

  1. Follow the KISS principal
  2. Always use the views not the tables for your SQL queries
  3. Keep report to a 4-5 columns
  4. Try to limit the number of views used within each SQL query
  5. Keep the drill through column as the first column
  6. Try to link reports as: Count of ?, List of ?, Computer Details
  7. For each item you add to your sms_def.mof add/create the corresponding web reports.
  8. Backup your SQL queries!!!
  9. Limit the use of v_R* views
  10. Publish as many queries as possible
  11. Grant access to all of your web reports to your IT team, particularly management!

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