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Managing reports using IBM Cognos

This topic lists some of the main tasks that you can perform on built-in and ad hoc reports and provides references to documentation for detailed instructions about performing the tasks.

When you first log on to BMC Decision Support for Server Automation, several built-in reports are available for your use. These reports provide a wide-range of information about your server environment. You can change the filter settings and schedules of a report to meet your needs. You cannot modify built-in reports unless you installed the Report Studio add-on package; however, you can create new reports that are customized to deliver information that is of interest to your organization.

For information about the built-in reports that are included with BMC Decision Support for Server Automation, see Viewing built-in reports.

For assistance with issues running reports, see Reporting issues.

Your role must have the appropriate permission to perform some of these tasks. This list is a subset of all of the report-related tasks. For information about using reports, consult the following documentation (IBM Cognos documentation is available from the Help menu; for instructions about accessing it, see Cognos documentation). For information about creating reports, see Creating ad hoc reports. For information about modifying built-in reports, see Customizing built-in reports.

The following table lists the main tasks and references to documentation.

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Creating, removing, and rearranging folders, pages, and tabs

IBM Cognos Connection User Guide

Organizing your report definitions

IBM Cognos Connection User Guide

Searching for reports

IBM Cognos Connection User Guide

Moving, copying, renaming, or deleting reports

Note: You cannot delete built-in reports.

IBM Cognos Connection User Guide

Creating shortcuts to reports or bookmarking reports

IBM Cognos Connection User Guide

Running reports

Note: Do not confuse saving reports as report views with running, viewing, and saving reports. For more information about troubleshooting the report views issues, see Saving reports and report views.

IBM Cognos Connection User Guide

Saving reports as report views

Note: Do not confuse saving reports as report views with running, viewing, and saving reports. For more information about troubleshooting the report views issues, see Saving reports and report views.

IBM Cognos Connection User Guide

Viewing reports in PDF, HTML, Excel, or XML format

IBM Cognos Connection User Guide

Viewing report output versions

IBM Cognos Connection User Guide

Specifying default report run options, including the default behavior when a report is selected (viewing the results of the most recent report run is the default setting), setting the default report format and language, or specifying the default prompt values

IBM Cognos Connection User Guide

Setting options for the current report run, including specifying the filter prompts, report format and language, and delivery method

IBM Cognos Connection User Guide

Specifying advanced report run options, such as the time reports should run, multiple output formats for reports running at a later time, one or more output formats and languages, one or more delivery methods, prompts for values, and to burst reports

IBM Cognos Connection User Guide

Modifying report properties, including the report language and name, the number of run histories and report output versions to keep, or the associated packages

IBM Cognos Connection User Guide

Saving report results to the reports repository, emailing, printing, or bursting report results

IBM Cognos Connection User Guide

Scheduling reports

IBM Cognos Connection User Guide

Managing scheduled reports by using the Schedule Management tool, including viewing the status of scheduled runs, modifying and canceling schedules, stopping running reports, or running a scheduled report

IBM Cognos Connection User Guide

Saving scheduled reports

  • IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Installation and Configuration Guide
  • IBM Cognos Administration and Security Guide

Importing report definitions from files or exporting report definitions to files (using the copy to or paste from clipboard)
This feature is available using Report Studio, an add-on to BMC Decision Support for Server Automation.

Note: You can also import and export report definitions by using the IBM Cognos Administration.

IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Report Studio Professional Authoring User Guide

Editing report definitions
Edit report definitions by using the tool in which they were created, either Query Studio or Report Studio.

To edit built-in reports, you must use Report Studio, an add-on to BMC Decision Support for Server Automation.

  • IBM Cognos Connection User Guide
  • IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Query Studio User Guide
  • IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Report Studio Professional Authoring User Guide

Modifying the layout of built-in reports or prompts in built-in reports by using the report Layout Library and Query Tables Library included with BMC Decision Support for Server Automation

IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Report Studio Professional Authoring User Guide

Working with existing reports created in Report Studio to perform tasks, such as opening reports locally, managing changes to the package, and customizing reports using conditions

IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Report Studio Professional Authoring User Guide

Troubleshooting your reports

  • IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Query Studio User Guide
  • IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Report Studio Professional Authoring User Guide
  • Reporting issues
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