KACE Product Support Question

Dell Kace Graphical Reporting / Fancy reports for Executives?

02/02/2015 4181 views
I had a webex a month or so ago on this product and loved it.  My only issue I had was the reporting feature seemed very weak.  I need to be able to setup auto email based reports to our CFO, CEO, and president in a click of a button.  Can the KACE actually do this or can I at least use a front end report writer to create my own custom reports?  This is the only thing holding me back and the sales guy at dell didn't really have an answer for me.  I know a few colleges use this product and I find it hard to believe others out there don't need to have graphical reports.  Let me know your thoughts on this. Thanks guys.!
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You can regulary send custom reports to special addresses.
Reports > Reporting Schedules.
Currently no grafical reports supported.
You easily can use the database access to query the informations from the KACE and produce great grafics from it (even automaticly)
Answered 02/03/2015 by: Nico_K
Red Belt

Does this have to be done with a Front End report writer?  Can you show me some examples of what some of the built in graphic reports look like?
Answered 02/03/2015 by: sentinelace
White Belt

  • there are no grafic reports in KACE.
    You can query with Access or Excel and create fancy reports from it
I don't think you'd be able to achieve complete automation and graphical reports with one click just using KACE. The best you get graphically is uploading a custom logo. There is a dimensions limit on it though. The reports don't look "bad" - they stick with the KACE colors of blue, white, gray. But they aren't the most elegant reports I've ever seen.

I don't have any experience connecting any reporting tools/designers to the kbox but I imagine its possible. You can enable external database access and install the odbc connector. I use this for writing custom queries.

You could semi-automate it by having a scheduled report delivered to you in cvs or xls. Write a macro or create a template that you could paste the data into for formatting. Then send it off to whomever needs it.
Answered 02/03/2015 by: getElementById
Third Degree Blue Belt

dang that seems like too much work.  What does everyone else do?
Answered 02/03/2015 by: sentinelace
White Belt

I was told I could connect via ODBC so I can use crystal to write reports so I think that's my best option for the execs.  Thanks guys
Answered 03/11/2015 by: sentinelace
White Belt

You could take a look at www.KACEDashboard.com?
Answered 02/04/2015 by: Hobbsy
Red Belt

As Nico said there are no built in graphical reports in Kace. I would recommend using something like Kace Bootstrap. It presents graphical metrics from Kace see here:-


Answered 02/04/2015 by: Druis
Third Degree Green Belt

  • I too would recommend that project...ok I started it but we still use it. As usual, I can help with implementation questions.
    • Shameless self promoting! LOL Good job. While I haven't put it in production I have played with it and it's a really nice tool. Thank you for taking the time to create/document/support it.
    • Does the KaceBootstrap work with 6.3? All entries on GitHub are from a year ago.
      • Jay - I don't know. We are still running 5.5.x as a result of BUG K1-9245 (dual boot computers). Hoping this bug will be addressed in 6.4 release.
      • I'm on 6.3 and am using bootstrap without any problems.
    • Question about boostrap: Is it possible to wrap the standard index.php page into another website that accepts html, that we use to monitor our daily IT operations?
      • the php files can run on any web server that supports the server side scripting language of PHP. So if you are trying to run it on an out of the box IIS server than no it will not work unless you add in PHP support.
      • Also thank you for letting me know it works on 6.3.
  • Is this still the case...even in 2018/2019?

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