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Dynamic Template Designer Overview
The Dynamic Template Designer is a tool that does not require Structured Query Language (SQL) knowledge in order to create custom report templates. You can easily assemble a simple report template by dragging and dropping fields into the template. The SQL database query is generated dynamically in the background, based on the configuration selections you make. See Dynamic Template Designer Quick Start. Another report template designer, the SQL Template Designer, is available for anyone with SQL knowledge.
The Dynamic Template Designer provides an inventory of Enterprise Objects—Job, Data Domain, Host, and Storage Array— each designed for a specific type of data. These Enterprise Objects provide the basis for creating and generating reports to satisfy business use cases; for example, determining if your backup environment is providing sufficient data protection. Using the Dynamic Template Designer, you select an Enterprise Object as the starting point for your template. As you develop your template, you’ll select fields and functions required to report on a specific Enterprise Object. The Dynamic Template Designer also presents a variety of elements to help you design reports in the way that you’d like to view the data—as bar charts, pie charts, or tables. In addition, you’ll use this designer to define the elements required to select the scope of the data to be included in a report during report generation.
The final result is actually a Report Template. A Report Template is the basis for all reports. When you generate a report, you start by selecting a Report Template and then selecting the scope of the data to be included in the report’s output. Often, the terms Report Template and Report are used interchangeably, but it is important to note that the Report Template is where the designer elements reside.
To become acquainted with the components and initial steps required to create a report template with enterprise objects, fields, functions, and methods see the following sections:
Steps to Create a Dynamic Report Template
Dynamic Template Designer Quick Start
Working with Enterprise Objects and Fields
Using Methods