Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Monitoring Server Reports provide a collection of system usage and call diagnostic reports. This collection of reports meets the needs of most Lync Server 2010 audio/visual (A/V) call scenarios. However, administrators that want to add to the extensibility of the Lync Server 2010 Monitoring Server Reports can easily do so by using tools that are provided with Microsoft SQL Server and the Monitoring Server Reports to add user-defined call details reports that are based on user-defined data sources. This article, in two parts, describes how to create these additional call details reports.
Author: Mike Adkins
Publication date: January 12, 2012
Product version: Lync Server 2010
Any Lync Server 2010 infrastructure benefits from installing Lync Server 2010 Monitoring Service Reports. The variety of summary and diagnostics reports that are provided by the Monitoring Service Reports usually meet the needs of the Lync Server 2010 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) network administrator. Some organizations may require the addition of proprietary reports that display additional information from the Lync Server 2010 Monitoring Service LcsCDR database. The prerequisite installation of the Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services includes the SQL Server Report Builder tool, which provides a convenient way to access application or user-defined data sources that are hosted by Microsoft SQL Server databases. This makes the SQL Server Report Builder tool an excellent choice for creating additional Lync Server 2010 call details reports that meet the requirements of an organization's VoIP reporting services. This article is divided into two parts that explain the steps needed to create a Lync Server 2010 call details report based on specific information that is stored in the LcsCDR database. Part 1 of this article provides the step-by-step information that is needed to use the SQL Server Management Studio tools to design and create a SQL Server stored procedure that can be used as a data set for a custom Lync Server 2010 Monitoring Service Report. In this, part 2 of the article, I describe stepping through the SQL Server Report Builder Table or Matrix Wizard to create a data source, access data from database objects, design a report that includes summary information and user-defined functionality, and then to save that report.
Creating a custom call details report
The first step to creating a custom call details report for use with the pre-existing Lync Server 2010 Monitoring Service Reports is to establish a secure connection to the SQL Server and LcsCdr database objects that will be used as data sources for any new reports. Next, access will be provided to the user-defined database objects that reside in the LcsCDR database. Once the data is accessible, then it is time to present it by using the SQL Server Report tool. The SQL Server Report tool allows data to be presented as a chart, map, or as a table or matrix as shown in this article. Once the report is completed, it can be saved to the LyncServerReports folder for convenient access.
Accessing the LcsCdr database objects
Use SQL Server Report Builder tool in the following steps to access the LcsCdr database and the user-defined referredToPSTNFrom SQL Server stored procedure that will be used as the source of information for the new Lync Server 2010 call details report. This new report will be used to determine which Lync 2010 users have used the call forwarding feature to forward their incoming calls to the public switched telephone network (PSTN).
1. From a browser, open the SQL Server Reporting Services home page by entering its URL in the browser’s address line. For example: http://server01/Reports.
2. Click the Report Builder link to access the SQL Server Report Builder wizard (see figure 1).
Figure 1. Opening SQL Server Reporting Services
3. Click New Report, and then click Table or Matrix Wizard (see figure 2).
Figure 2. Starting the SQL Report Builder Wizard
4. Select the Create a new dataset option on the Choose a dataset page, and then click Next (see figure 3).
Figure 3. Selecting a dataset from the LcsCDR database
5. On the Choose a connection to a data source page, click Browse to locate the preexisting CDRDB data connection object.
6. In the Select data source dialog box, select the CDRDB data connection object, and then click Open.
7. On the Choose a connection to a data source page, click Next .
8. In the Database view window on the Design a query page, expand the stored procedures node and check the stored procedure that will be used for the new report. Click Next (see figure 4).
Figure 4. Select the data source for the report
Designing and previewing the report
The next section of this article will walk through the design phases of the report, previewing the report, and saving the report to the SQL Server Reporting Service LyncServerReports folder.
1. Use the Arrange fields page of the New Table or Matrix wizard to arrange the fields for the report in column and row fashion. Row grouping places similar information together in the report. Column groups are displayed from left to right across the report. Summary values such as count, sum, average, maximum, and minimum are used to calculate values contained in the Row groupings (see figure 5).
Figure 5. Arranging the fields for the report
2. To design the report’s layout, on the Choose the layout page, make sure the defaults are checked, and then click Next.
3. Use the Choose the style page to apply one of the predefined layouts to the report, and then click Next (see figure 6).
Figure 6. Selecting the style for the report
4. Use the SQL Server Reporting Service report designer to add finishing touches to the report. You can add a title for the report, adjust column widths, add built-in fields if you want, and add any other user-defined touches to enhance the report (see figure 7).
Figure 7. Working with the report in design view
5. To preview the report, on the toolbar, click Run, or press F5 on the keyboard. Remove the checks from the default parameter Null checkboxes and add the needed parameter values, for example the beginning and ending dates, and then click View Report to preview the report.
6. With the report in full view you can make derminations on how the report should be formatted for optimal viewing. Also, notice the “+” in the column headings. This feature allows the viewer to expand that column to view more detailed information (see figure 8).
Figure 8 – Previewing the report
7. Once you have formatted the report, click File, click Save, and then save it to the following location: LyncServerReports\Reports_Content folder. Now the report can be accessed from the SQL Server Reporting Services LyncServerReports page by clicking its link (see figure 9) .
Figure 9. Saving the report to LyncServerReports folder
The installation of the Lync Server 2010 Monitoring Server Reports provides a set of predefined reports that are used for Lync Server 2010 VoIP call analysis. This is useful when additional Lync Server 2010 call details reporting is needed for more detailed analysis of VoIP call traffic on a network. The default installation of the SQL Server Report Builder tool that is included with the Monitoring Server Reports installation can be used for easy access to any additional information in the LcsCDR database. This additional information can be utilized for reporting purposes. The SQL Server Report Builder wizard will allow the creation of maps, charts, and table or matrix reports that can display this additional Lync Server 2010 VoIP call information. Once created, these reporting objects can be saved to and then accessed from the LyncServerReports folder on the SQL Server Reporting Services home page.
- Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit: Archiving and Monitoring
- <a href="http://blogs.technet.com/controlpanel/blogs/posteditor.aspx/Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit" target="_blank">Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit
Lync Server Resources
- Lync Server 2010 documentation in the TechNet Library
- DrRez blog
- NextHop blog
- Lync Server and Communications Server resources