Hi Everyone, per default Veeam One delivers a massive load of predefined reports. Once you jumped into the full bunch you may figure out that there is one report missing you were dreaming of.
For me as a consultant it is hard to define which reports are most useful in daily business. Sure, I have my favorite ones but it is hard to get an feedback which reports are frequently used by our customers. It takes some time to figure out which report is useful for me and which report I do not need. To be honest I love Veeam One and I promise to you guys there are at least a dozen predefined reports you will love!

Sometimes I got feedback or feature requests because default reports are showing to much information or may not the right attributes the customer is looking for. But hey, why do you not use the custom report builder?

Custom Reports

Veeam One Reporter offers you the ability to build a custom report that will definitely fit your needs. In the following steps I will guide you through the custom report builder by a simple scenario. We are going to build a report that will be useful for many of you guys.

The report we now create will show us every VM with a mounted ISO file. Mounted ISO files are realy hard to detect within vSphere. So this report will help you to prevent yourself for problems that could appear because of an mounted ISO file. For example, many customers use local datastores as an ISO repository if you forget to dettach these ISO files vSphere will be not able to perform a HA failover for these virtual machine if a host is going down. Furthermore this topic could affect your vMotion and DRS tasks.

So let us jump into our Veeam One Reporter.

Fig 1. Veeam One Reporter

After you logged in to your Veeam One Reporter navigate to Workspace, select the folder Custom Reports and click on Custom Infrastructure.

Fig 2. Scope and Object Type

In the next step please select first the scope you want to run the report to. Per default is set on the whole infrastructure. If you want to decrease the scope to a specific cluster or business view object select your desired. After that we have to define our object type. For our purpose we choose Virtual Machine.

Fig 3. Columns

Next we have to define our columns. We have to select the name. Sure, we want to know which virtual machine is affected and we use the condition CD/DVD mounted. These two columns are enough for our simple report.

Fig 4. Custom Filter

We only want to figure out which virtual machines have an ISO file mounted. Therfore we need to set a condition like in the picture above.

Fig 5. Preview

Now we have everything necessary configured. So pleace click prieview and review your report.

Fig 6. Review your Custom Report

Wow! There are two VMs with a mounted ISO file. How many did you find in your environment?

Do not forget to save your newly build custom report!

Last Words

So guys, I hope that this little guide helped you to make clear that you can build a report for almost everything in your virtual infrastructure. This is just a small example that shows you how to build a custom report for all your personal requirements.

Stay tuned

Florian

If you liked it just leave me a comment and tell me how many affected VMs did you find in your infrastructure