How to apply Scan Profiles (Computers)?
You can apply a Scan Profile to one or more reports to restrict the list of computers during report generation. This is especially useful if you want to generate reports for a subset of computers.

This page covers the following topics with regard to usage of Scan Profiles:

  • Scan Profiles and Power Export Tool (off-line report generation)
  • Scan Profiles and Interactive Report Generation

Scan Profiles and Power Export Tool (off-line report generation)

You can apply a Scan Profile to one or more reports using the Power Export Tool (for off-line generation) to restrict the domain scope and to scan and collect data for a subset of computers in the network. The report data will be collected for all computers in the applied Scan Profile. However, if the applied Scan Profile becomes unavailable during report generation (likely to happen if the Scan Profile is accidentally deleted), the report data will not be collected at all and will result in an error. Furthermore, if there are no computers to be found in the Scan Profile for a domain for which the report is being generated, then the report generation will fail as well. This is likely to happen if the domain is not included in the Scan Profile or none of the computers in the domain are running the Windows version setup in the Scan Profile.

 

Scan Profiles and Interactive Report Generation

You may also apply a Scan Profile to reports and view the data in interactive mode. The way in which a Scan Profile is applied and the data collection methodology adopted slightly differs in interactive mode from off-line report generation mode (using Power Export Tool). The data collection methodology adopted also depends on the type of Scan Profile applied (static or dynamic) to the report.
 

For instance, if a Scan Profile is associated with multiple domains, in interactive mode, data will be collected only for computers that belong to the currently selected domain. On the other hand, if there are no computers to be found for the currently selected domain, in the applied profile, the report data will not be collected at all. This is likely to happen if the currently selected domain was not included in Scan Profile (if it is a static profile) or the Scan Profile includes a Windows version filter, say Windows XP computers only, and the domain does not have any computers running Windows XP.
In addition, in interactive mode, there are differences on how Scan Profiles are applied to Domain-based Reports and Server-based Reports.
 

Scan Profiles and Domain-based Reports

In interactive mode, for domain-based reports, you can apply a Scan Profile by using the Scan Option Dialog. The report will be generated for the list of computers in the applied Scan Profile for the currently selected domain as mentioned earlier.
 

Scan Profiles and Server-based Reports

For server-based reports, you can apply a Scan Profile by clicking the button in the report window. The Scan Profiles Manager will show up on screen, select a Scan Profile, and then click Apply button to apply the selected profile.
 

For server-based reports, however, a Scan Profile when applied reloads the tree view, in the left pane in the report window, with the list of computers in the selected Scan Profile. After a Scan Profile is applied, you can select the desired computer in the tree view in the report window to generate the report. Click the Clear button to clear the applied profile. This will reload tree view with the list of all domains in the network.