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Reports

Alloy Discovery 2022 delivers a rich set of standard reports and charts covering all major data categories, including All Nodes, Computers, Chromebooks, Network Devices, and Software. The open architecture of Alloy Discovery database allows you to customize any report, or create new reports from scratch.

NOTE: Do not confuse these reports with the Quick Print feature, which allows you to print out the contents of a grid. For details, see Printing grids.

IMPORTANT: In order to work with any pre-packaged RDL report using an external application (e.g. SQL Server Reporting Services), make sure this application uses the SQL Server login with a corresponding account registered in the Alloy Discovery database with all necessary permissions granted. Otherwise, some report data may be unavailable.

All reports in Alloy Discovery are available in the Reports component. To access that component, select Reports > Reports from the main menu.

Each report can be related to an unlimited number of categories (for details, see Organizing report categories list). All the report categories are organized in the hierarchical tree of folders.

  • ClosedFor users of the previous 2022.x version:

    During the upgrade of your 2022.x database to the latest version, Alloy Discovery may create two report categories:

    • Updated in Alloy Discovery 2022.x.x - this category includes updated copies of reports that you have customized in the previous version. These updated copies have [ ReportName] (Updated in 2022.x.x) names. You can replace your customized reports with these updated ones. For details, see Updating reports to the latest version.

    • New in Alloy Discovery 2022.x.x - this category includes new reports introduced in this latest version.

Along with Reports component of the Desktop App, Alloy Discovery includes a standalone Reporting Module, which allows you to generate reports in silent mode and save them in different formats (PDF, Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, etc). Using Reporting Module, you can generate any report that exists in Alloy Discovery without starting Desktop App, launching the report generation and specifying values of necessary parameters from the command line. For details, see Reporting Module.

Report format and required software

Alloy Discovery supports Microsoft’s Report Definition Language (RDL) format, which allows you to use Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). Working with RDL reports (also called Microsoft Report Builder reports) requires that the appropriate software is installed on your computer:

To run (i.e. view and print) RDL reports, you need Microsoft Report Viewer for SQL Server 2016 Runtime (or later). This component is installed together with Alloy Discovery.

NOTE: Microsoft Report Viewer for SQL Server 2016 Runtime requires the Microsoft System CLR Types for SQL Server 2016 component, which is also shipped with Alloy Discovery.

Custom RDL reports

  • You can create your custom RDL reports or customize our default reports, and then import your report files to Alloy Discovery. To develop custom reports outside Alloy Discovery, use Microsoft Report Builder 2016 (or later). You can download the software from here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53613.

  • Custom reports must be based on Alloy Discovery data and use embedded connection. The type of embedded connection to Alloy Discovery data must be Microsoft SQL Server.