During daily operations, you can use Generate Reports Now to generate one or more reports on demand. With these reports, you can analyze the different aspects of current disk usage on the server. Current data is gathered before the reports are generated.

When you generate reports on demand, the reports are saved in a default location that you specify in the File Server Resource Manager Option dialog box, but no report task is created for later use. You can view the reports immediately after they are generated or e-mail the reports to a group of administrators.


If you choose to open the reports immediately, you must wait while the reports are generated. Processing time varies, depending on the types of reports and the scope of the data.

To generate reports immediately
  1. Click the Storage Reports Management node.

  2. Right-click Storage Reports Management, and then click Generate Reports Now (or select Generate Reports Now from the Actions pane.) This opens the Storage Reports Task Properties dialog box.

  3. To select volumes or folders on which to generate reports:

    • Under Scope, click Add.

    • Browse to the volume or folder on which you want to generate the reports, select it, and then click OK to add the path to the list.

    • Add as many volumes or folders as you want to include in the reports. (To remove a volume or folder, click the path, and then click Remove.)

  4. To specify which reports to generate:

    Under Report data, select each report that you want to include.

    To edit the parameters of a report:

    • Click the report label, and then click Edit Parameters.

    • In the Report Parameters dialog box, edit the parameters as needed, and then click OK.

    To see a list of parameters for all the selected reports, click Review Selected Reports. Then click Close.

  5. To specify the formats for saving the reports:

    Under Report formats, select one or more formats for the scheduled reports. By default, reports are generated in Dynamic HTML (DHTML). You can also select HTML, XML, CSV, and text formats.

    The reports are saved to the default location for on-demand reports.

  6. To deliver copies of the reports to administrators by e-mail:

    On the Delivery tab, select the Send reports to the following administrators check box, and then enter the names of the administrative accounts that will receive reports. Use the format account@domain, and use semicolons to separate multiple accounts.

  7. To gather the data and generate the reports, click OK. This opens the Generate Storage Reports dialog box.

  8. Select how you want to generate the on-demand reports:

    • If you want to view the reports immediately after they are generated, click Wait for reports to be generated and then display them. Each reports opens in its own window.

    • To view the reports later, click Generate reports in the background.

    Both options save and, if you enabled delivery by e-mail, send the reports to administrators in the formats that you selected.