Out-of-the-box reporting in Config Manager (SCCM) can handle most reporting needs, but usability suffers when the application in question is deployed across the enterprise environment, and in various patch levels.
I recently solved a specific reporting need for Adobe Acrobat by creating some custom reports on the SSRS reporting server. One of these will generate a list of workstations based on the selected Acrobat version.
The version dropdown list is driven by the following SQL query:
SELECT DISTINCT v_GS_INSTALLED_SOFTWARE_CATEGORIZED.ProductVersion0 FROM dbo.v_GS_INSTALLED_SOFTWARE_CATEGORIZED WHERE (dbo.V_GS_INSTALLED_SOFTWARE_CATEGORIZED.NormalizedName LIKE 'Adobe Acrobat XI Pro%' AND dbo.V_GS_INSTALLED_SOFTWARE_CATEGORIZED.NormalizedPublisher LIKE 'Adobe%' AND dbo.V_GS_INSTALLED_SOFTWARE_CATEGORIZED.ProductVersionO LIKE '11%') ORDER BY ProductVersion0 ASC
The report shows the workstation name, along with the associated user name, account, and location (information which is missing on the standard software reports). Here is the SQL driving the body of the report:
IF OBJECT_ID(’tenpdb..#TempTable9’) IS NOT NULL DROP TABLE #TempTable9; SELECT Resourced, v_GS_INSTALLED_SOFTWARE_CATEGORIZED.NormalizedPublisher, v_GS_INSTALLED_SOFTWARE_CATEGORIZED.NormalizedName, v_GS_INSTALLED_SOFTWARE_CATEGORIZED.ProductVersion0 INTO [#TempTable9] FROM dbo.v_GS_INSTALLED_SOFTWARE_CATEGORIZED WHERE (dbo.v_GS_INSTALLED_SOFTWARE_CATEGORIZED.NormalizedName LIKE 'Adobe Acrobat XI Pro%' AND dbo.v_GS_INSTALLED_SOFTWARE_CATEGORIZED.NormalizedPublisher LIKE ‘Adobe%’) SELECT SYS.Netbios_Name0 AS WKID, USERS.UserName0 AS [User ID], USERS.Full_User_Name0 AS [User Name], SYS.AD_Site_Name0 AS [Site Name], AID.NormalizedPublisher AS [Vendor Name], AID.NormalizedName AS [Product Name], AID.ProductVersion0 AS [Product Version] FROM [#TempTable9] AS AID INNER JOIN dbo.v_R_System_Valid SYS ON aid.ResourcelD = SYS.ResourcelD INNER JOIN dbo.v_R_User AS USERS ON SYS.User_Name0 = USERS.User_Name0 ORDER BY WKID ASC
However, the above query can be optimized for speed and to reduce server load. Since the report will already have a version number parameter (appropriately named “Version” in this example) in place, let’s reduce the dataset in the query by adding another WHERE condition:
WHERE (dbo.v_GS_INSTALLED_SOFTWARE_CATEGORIZED.NormalizedName LIKE 'Adobe Acrobat XI Pro%' AND dbo.v_GS_INSTALLED_SOFTWARE_CATEGORIZED.NormalizedPublisher LIKE 'Adobe%' AND dbo.v_GS_INSTALLED_SOFTWARE_CATEGORIZED.ProductVersion0 = @Version)
The alternative would be to keep the query as-is and apply a filter on the entire dataset (not recommended), shown here for illustration only: