IBM Spectrum Control, Version 5.3.0

Creating custom reports

Create, configure, and save or send custom reports by email that include asset, capacity, configuration, or health status information or performance information about your storage resources.

Before you begin

If you want to send custom reports by email, you must set up the mail server. If you already set up the mail server to send alerts, or chargeback and consumer reports, or if you want to only save reports to your file system, you don't have to set up the mail server.

If you want the reports that you will create to be saved to your file system to be stored in a folder other than the default reports folder, you must create the folder before you create the reports.

About this task

From any table view that shows information about your storage systems or their related resources, you can create, configure, schedule, and save or send reports by email.

For example, you can create custom reports for top-level storage resources such as:
  • Storage systems
  • Hypervisors
  • Servers
  • Fabrics
  • Switches
  • Back-end storage systems
You can create custom reports for internal resources such as:
  • Disks
  • Pools
  • Volumes
  • Filesets
  • File systems
  • Network Shared Disks
And, if you added groups, you can create custom reports for general groups, applications, and departments.
Try it out:

Open any page that shows information about your storage resources, such as the Block Storage Systems page, click Create Report, and create a custom report in three easy steps, which you can send to yourself or to a colleague.

Or, switch to the Performance page and click Create Report, to create a performance report.

Custom reports workflow

File names for reports: The format for the name of reports that are saved to the file system is: <report name>_<epoch time>.<HTML|PDF|CSV>, where epoch time reflects the time of the server where IBM Spectrum Control is installed. For example, the name of your report is MyReport, and you save it as a CSV file on 16 October, 2018 at 08:15pm (UTC) server time. The name of the file for the report is MyReport_1539720900000.CSV.
Tip: Monitor the default reports folder or the custom folders that you use to save reports to ensure that you have enough space for saving reports. For example, if you schedule and save a daily report to your file system, each version of the report is saved to the folder you choose. The factors that determine space usage are:
  • The number of rows in the report.
  • The frequency of the report.
  • The format of the report.

You can also use custom reports to quickly create reports to alert members of your organization about performance anomalies, health issues, capacity shortfalls, or capacity depletion. You can also schedule custom reports to keep a close watch on critical resources such as applications, or the storage resources that you use in your production environment.