Hi, this short video will provide an overview of Quest Reporter and a demonstration of reporting via the web-based knowledge portal. Quest Reporter enables IT organizations to collect, compare, report on, and resolve active directory and Windows-based configurations. And this is essential for change auditing, Windows security assessments, or AD pre- and post-migration analysis.
The knowledge portal is a web-based framework that exposes out the reporting capabilities from a number of different reporting solutions from Quest software, including Reporter, InTrust, ChangeAuditor, ActiveRoles Server, among others. Not only are product-based report packs available, but domain expertise base report packs are also available for things such as, HIPPA, PCI, and SOX compliance.
This conceptual diagram illustrates some of the sources from which Reporter can collect its information, including active directory domains, NTFS and share permissions, groups and users, and computer information. This data can be collected on a live or scheduled basis and stored in Reporter's analytical database. That data can then be mined using any one of the hundreds of reports available out of the box. Alternatively, users can interact and benefit from Quest Reporter using the single pane of glass, which is the knowledge portal.
This is the traditional view that most of our users are familiar with, interacting with Reporter using this MMC client. This client must be installed on user's workstations in order for them to interact with Reporter for doing things like configuring data gatherings and running ad hoc or scheduled reports. If the users are a lot more numerous in the organization that would be benefiting or attracting with Reporter, it would make a lot of sense to expose that Reporter's capabilities using the knowledge portal.
So the knowledge portal is a web-based framework that is exposed out via an IS server. And users can connect to it using a web browser like Internet Explorer. The Help menu here provides good guidance on getting users up and running quickly with the product. If a user doesn't know where to go to find a particular report, they can use this unified search center to quickly locate a report in question.
Alternatively, users can browse into these folders here in the left-hand tree. For example, we can drill into InTrust, or ChangeAuditor Reports, or go into to Quest ActiveRoles Server Reports, or drill down into Reporter. For example, here we can drill down into Permissions, NTFS, Share and Folder Permissions.
And we can report on the security of paths that are named like credit card information. We'll hit the View Report link. And we'll then see the data in question. We can then output this data into a variety of formats for review by ourselves or other members of our team.
In addition to executing these reports on an ad hoc basis, like I just did, you and your users can go down to your Subscriptions node here, and you can schedule up a report to be executed on a scheduled basis. For example, here we have a weekly security audit that is going out every Monday morning at 8:00 AM, executing each one of these reports here, and dropping PDF files into the Security Audits folder. Alternatively, these subscriptions can also be delivered out via email to key stakeholders in the organization. To learn more about Reporter and the knowledge portal, please visit www.quest.com/reporter and www.quest.com/knowledgeportal.