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If you are a DBA or simply a developer that deals with databases, chances are that sometimes you have found your database instances not to be as efficient as you want them to be. Part of that can be because you do not monitor your database instances to ensure that they always perform at the very best of their abilities. In other scenarios, your database instances might not be as efficient as you want them to be because the queries that you run simply are not as efficient as they need to be. This blog post should help you get the most out of your database instances by utilizing a feature exclusive to dbWatch –we are going to show you how you can generate dbWatch reports.
What are Database Reports, and What Can They Be Used For?
In short, database reports can help you ensure that your database instances always perform at the best of their abilities. Database reports can provide you with a simple way to monitor your database instances in a given environment that may encompass many different things.
dbWatch reports can provide you with some in depth information regarding your database environments: it can show platform, edition, and version information for all types of database instances monitored in dbWatch and also provide a health check report based on all of the tasks installed in the database engine. Reports can act as a starting point if you have the need to analyze the performance and configuration of your database instances.
How do Database Reports work in dbWatch?
Now that you know what database reports are, you should probably know how to generate them in dbWatch. You can find relevant information to analyze the performance and configuration of your database instances yourself, but that can be incredibly energy and time-consuming. Instead, database reports can also be generated by using dbWatch. To do that, launch dbWatch, then go to Server -> Reporting:
Image 1 - reporting options
As you can see above, you should see a few options available for you to use:
- Creating a report template means that a template resembling the health of your database instances will be created and saved on your server or computer as a HTML or a PDF document. Reports represent platform, edition, version information of your database instances and also provide a health check report based on all of the tasks that are installed.
- Editing a report template means that you can edit a template containing information regarding your database instances: you can modify or delete parameters relevant to your database instances ranging from SQL statements and job statistics to instance, disk and I/O usage.
- Scheduling a report template can allow you to run a report at a specified time, disable, delete, configure or run reports.
- Generating a report means that you can generate an actual report of relevant events that happened in your database. These events might include memory or disk usage, I/O statistics, information about SQL statements etc.
Here’s how a created report template looks like:
Image 2 - database environment information with dbWatch logo
Image 3 - database report– database instances
Image 4 - database environment information
As you can see, dbWatch does provide you with a lot of helpful information in regards to your database instances. To generate such a report, though, click on Generate Report, then follow the steps outlined on your screen:
Image 5 - Generating a Report
Select the type of report you want to create, click Next:
Finally, specify when the report should be created and in what format do you want the file to be saved, then click Next to view it:
Image 6 - generating reports
If you want to, you can also create or edit reporting templates. Here’s how:
To create or edit a template, click Create Report Template or Edit Report Template, enter its name, then follow the steps outlined on the screen:
After you finish, click Save or Save as new, and you should be good to go!
dbWatch can generate database reports. The ability to do so provided by dbWatch can be beneficial if you want to see the information about your database environment in a PDF format or take a glance at your database instances or database instance environment information. As you can probably already tell by now, ControlCenter by dbWatch can save you from a ton of headaches in the database space – try dbWatch today to see just how easy it actually is to generate reports, but if something goes awry, be sure to contact support –they will be glad to help you out.