SCCM Report - Easy way to create Report & Dashboard
Not really easy to create some SCCM report or Dashboard if your're not a SQL DBA .. even with Report Builder.
Could be awesome to have a new tool where Reports or Dashbaord could be created easily whithout searching which SQL views I need ..ect ... Like some others concurrent application give.
Tempted to mark this completed, now that we’ve released full blown powerBI integration:
Building reports & dashboards doesn’t get much easier than that.
Andy D'Hollander commented
PowerBI could be a solution but in my opinion only when licensing for the on-prem Power BI Report Server gets included with the System Center licensing.
That way your reports are on-prem, so a lot of people here that complain that their they don't want their report data in the cloud from a security/privacy perspective will be pleased.
Secondly, it makes no sense to have to pay for additional licensing for another product just to visualize data that is available in SCCM. The current out of box SSRS reports are totally not user friendly, they look prehistoric and are not interactive. So either give us better and modern options in SSRS, or replace SSRS with a Power BI Report Server role in SCCM that is licensed with SCCM.
I do actually have a Power BI Licensing item for this separately on uservoice too:
The link goes to nowhere (404) :-(
Greg Isett commented
Just looking thru and wondering about this. I can't use PowerBI for a solution if it has to connect to Azure.
Jade Hearne commented
What would help is a tool to convert SQL to WQL.
I tend to agree that PowerBI isnt quite the valid solution. Have done a fair bit with SCCM reports using SSRS and dabbled briefly in PowerBI. As great as the current templates look, there are two showstoppers for us.
Firstly, needing a seperate SQL DB to use the reports means more overhead for our SQL support and currently makes it a bit hard for us to setup.
Would be great if reports were made just to read the DB rather than create seperate structure (have tested a few custom dashboards myself and this is viable but needs a lot of tweaking. Would be great to have some good templates to work off without the full DB requirement)
Secondly, the fact that powerbi requires full pro license subscription for each user accessing the published report is a bit over the top and also not viable for us currently (Yes individuals can export the report file and upload to their own workspace, but its hardly viable in a corporate environment).
Popovici Ioan commented
PowerBI might be the sollution but it’s not for everyone.
I would rather prefer docummented views and functions.
You guys have a pretty comprehensive reporting pack with sql functions that I never heard of but it’s for Microsoft Premier Support Engineers only.
I’ve only seen it once when a MSPSE came on site.
It would be nice to document all those functions and tables.
@Frank thank you for reporting this. We are working on it. For now you can download from here: https://bpsolutiontemplates.com/?name=Microsoft-SCCMTemplate
Link https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/solution-templates/sccm/ no longer works. It's redirected to https://appsource.microsoft.com/product/web-apps/microsoft-powerbi.pbisolntemplate_sccm?tab=Overview where I receive a 404.
Emil Skibsted commented
Is it possible to include Primary User as a search field in the template somehow?
Does powerbi support a way of using RBAC and SQL functions to filter data users can see based on scopes?
Sean Pierce commented
Shouldn't have to lower security settings to use
Do the right thing MS, do try to force to buy cloud services for reporting on a tool that we already purchased. This is a joke! Get it together Microsoft!
If PowerBI is the solution then I'll quit administrating your product and move on. The current SCCM DB is a joke. PowerBI is a joke.
Creating Custom Queries is intuitive, is based on SCCM inventory (and other) information and can be displayed as WQL Queries. Converting WQL Queries to SCCM Custom Reports is the best way forward, as it would not require a detailed understanding of SCCM's SQL Schema, tables, and views in the way Report Builder does - something that is complex, poorly documented, and time-consuming. PowerBI does not seek to address the industry's main requirement of making user customised (formatted) reports easily accessible. It seeks to provides additional solutions, brings in an additional Azure requirement, and is over-engineered. While it is acknowledged that Query Results can be copied into Excel, a query to report conversion will satisfy 95% of the customised report requirements that I have worked on over the years, across dozens of SCCM customer projects of all sizes.
PowerBI cant be the solution. Our customers need a solution that makes creating reports easier. Working with the current DB structure is an impossible task for many since its so complex and undocumented. Just pointing to a different visualisation tool will not help anyone ....
not even talking about the cloud only aspect which many customers will not tolerate.
Roy Padrick commented
This could not be further from a real answer. Telling people "there's a third party app" for basic functionality is not a real solution to tell people.
How about a full refresh of the SSRS reports with updated graphics so they don't look so 90s? And the ability to tie into PowerBI (free or paid for auto updating options) for customers that want to explore that avenue?
This is a joke right? PoweBI? Get over yourselves.
Michael Schultz commented
need an on-perm solution
Would be nice to see some integration with the PowerBI SSRS when it makes RTM.