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.
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.
Iain Fairbairn commented
PowerBI is NOT the solution. you can't just assume all organisations will use a cloud based reporting solution for their on premises enterprise management systems, additional licensing or cloud data charges alone will basically blow it out of consideration, not to mention privacy concerns. But the real issue is that in the mean-time if the MS response is "use PowerBI" then that means they have no incentive to enhance one of the fundamental features of SCCM, that frankly is given inadequate development already. SSRS is okay, but it has a steep learning curve and arguably is harder to use in some ways than classic SCCM 2007 reporting. So while it is more capable if you really know what you are doing with the SQL schema and reportbuilder (arguably one of the least user friendly design tools I have ever encountered). SQL management studio create views functionality shows some good capability with graphically allowing you to join tables\views and have it then generate the SQL code for you. something like that perhaps simplified would be a great addition to an on-premises reporting tool either built into the SCCM console or (more likely) as a companion tool launched from the console.
Jason Kellar commented
Regarding your reply with Microsoft Power Bi. Where can i get information about what data is transferred to the USA and if there is data transferred to the USA is their a version for Canada? i work at a university and our privacy laws are very strict about what can be sent and stored in the USA.
Qasim Mashwani commented
@djam While creating reports via PowerBI is very easy many SCCM users may not be licensed for it and the feature requests states integration of features into SCCM.
Dustin Adam commented
we've implemented the PowerBI Report Pack, and while it's great, it feels... unfinished. there are a number of tables that don't have active cardinal relationships. hopefully there will be an update to the report pack, or at least the sql scripts that extract data to the report pack sql database.
Patrick Tilsen commented
On-prem is definitely a requirement for many organizations. Integrating anything not built-in fails to meet the "easy" criteria. This should either be in-console, or an easy-to-use tool that installs alongside the console.
Greg Isett commented
Will PowerBI be ported to on-prem? We need a non-cloud solution.
@Mattias, thank you for letting us know. This bug has been fixed but requires you to download the latest MSI from the website. Sorry about the inconvenience!
@Everyone, thanks a lot for the feedback around the SCCM Solution Template. If there is direct feedback you would like to pass onto our team (about how we could improve the Power BI SCCM reports) please contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Report looks pretty, data is very useful, but I'm not sold that SCCM admins are going to become PowerBI experts. I still think the request here would be for an Administrative Schema to flatten the entire CI table structure used for Updates, Compliance, etc... Once the admins don't need to learn the complex SQL schema between all the sprocs and tables then it should be much easier for people to create the queries needed and dump them into an SSRS report.
PowerBI is a significant improvement to SSRS and report builder but unless you are creating basic reports with a 1:1 relationship of data to a chart, PowerBI doesn't make creating reports easier as the core issue is knowing the db schema and how to map data together.
As of now you need to have a skillset in SCCM, Structured Query Language (you don't need to be a dba just know joins and some aggregate functions at minimum), and a skillset in a reporting platform\tools (SSRS).
We need an offline method (No internet connection, no subscription) for reports and at least and at lease updated documentation on the db schema. Ideally an easy way for admins to map views without being a SQL expert.
Until the entire reporting platform can be revamped, an idea that can help (not solve) the issue is create a converter of the SCCM queries (WQL) to SQL and maybe even a button that says “Create report” that’ll do it for you.
There is a bug in the solution that prevents data to be populated in the Updates Page.
There is an error in the store procedure called pbist_sccm.sp_populateupdate.
On row 35 it says:
TRUNCATE TABLE pbist_sccm.update;
but it should say:
TRUNCATE TABLE pbist_sccm.update_staging;
Otherwise the store procedure just moves the data from pbist_sccm.update_staging to pbist_sccm.update but then wipes the data again...
Andres Pae commented
Power BI is great, but it requres separate infra/licensing? I believe initial idea is to get it EASY way :)
will we need a separate license for PowerBI to use this in an enterprise then?
Bob Panick commented
Reporting was one of those things where SCCM 2012 dropped something that worked and replaced it with something that doesn't. That's not just SRS, but also how complex many of the queries, particularly around applications and compliance have become. Creating a report on a package in SCCM 2007 took 15 minutes, doing the same thing in SRS with Applications can take hours, or longer.
The SRS reports look sort of pretty, but they are based on a template that the rest of us don't have access to. Making decent looking reports is a LOT of WORK, for little or no gain.
Also, maybe its time someone went through all the reports and got rid of about 90% of them. Seriously, do we really need a report on modems?
A better interactive tool for reporting for all of System Center is needed, one not based on SRS.