Microsoft System Center Reporting Cookbook

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  • Understand the goals of reporting
  • Plan and organize the reporting environment for sharing report parts and role-based security
  • Plan and design System Center reports
  • About the System Center report building tools available to you
  • Create powerful reports using System Center reporting databases
  • Create System Center advanced reports
  • Use Power BI to analyze and visualize System Center data

Microsoft System Center 2012 is an integrated management platform that helps you to easily and efficiently manage your data centers, client devices, and hybrid cloud IT environments.

This hands-on cookbook will guide you through how to create ready-to-use reports for all the components of System Center. The book starts by showing you how to plan business valued reports, while also discussing the building blocks of your reporting framework. Moving on from the basics, the later recipes demonstrate how you can create System Center Configuration Manager reports using the report builder tool and System Center Operations and Virtual Machine Manager reports with data available from the Operations Manager databases.

The book will then teach you how to build on and enhance the reports previously created by delving into advanced reporting techniques such as creating database reports, based on combined data sources. Finally, you will use Power BI to analyze and visualize System Center data, while also looking into the seamless integration between cloud services and System Center.

  • Create and deliver high value reports to show the value of your System Center investment
  • Gain access to real world solutions in the art and science of report planning and creation using System Center data
  • Practical cookbook with recipes that will help you get the most out of Microsoft System Center through the creation of business valued reports
Page Count 358
Course Length 10 hours 44 minutes
ISBN 9781782171805
Date Of Publication 27 Mar 2015


Samuel Erskine

Samuel Erskine is a Systems Management Sr Technical Specialist, Trainer and Author , focused on System Center and MS Cloud technologies. Sam is the content designer and lead author of three Microsoft System Center Cookbooks and co-author of two System Center Unleashed books. He’s also a Microsoft MCT , MVP and a regular speaker at community user groups and conferences worldwide.

Dieter Gasser

Dieter Gasser is an IT consultant and the management partner of itnetX AG, headquartered in Switzerland. He has a strong focus on the delivery and customization of Service Manager.

Dieter has been working in IT for more than 13 years, and has focused on Microsoft technologies. He started his career as an application and database developer, and later became the IT manager of an international manufacturing company.

In 2010, he entered the systems management and automation market. With both his technical and managerial backgrounds, he has focused on Service Manager. Together with his colleagues, he delivers data center management, automation, and cloud solutions based on Microsoft System Center to customers all across Switzerland.

Kurt Van Hoecke

Kurt Van Hoecke is an MVP and managing consultant at Inovativ Belgium. He focuses on the System Center product suite, including Service Manager, Configuration Manager, and Orchestrator. He is the coauthor of System Center 2012 Orchestrator Unleashed, Sams Publishing; System Center 2012 Service Manager Unleashed, Sams Publishing; and a contributor to System Center Service Manager 2010 Unleashed. He provides consultancy, development services, and blogs at and

Nasira Ismail

Nasira Ismail is an experienced project manager and service delivery consultant. She has result-oriented experience in incident, problem, change, and configuration management processes for medium and large enterprises. She has a strong grasp of the methods used to design processes through to implementation, with technologies (including System Center). She also leads training, mentoring, and coaching sessions to bring about a proactive culture and behavioral change in her organizations.