ReportCaster Guide


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This documentation describes ReportCaster, a scheduling and distribution application that centralizes the execution and distribution of WebFOCUS reports, the contents of URLs, and files. This documentation is intended for administrators who will manage the configuration and scope of usage for the application, and users who want to create schedules to automatically distribute output to specified recipients.

How This Manual Is Organized

This manual includes the following chapters:




Introducing ReportCaster

Describes ReportCaster processing, Distribution Server features, and the components that comprise the ReportCaster architecture.


ReportCaster Console

Describes configuration options for authorized users using the ReportCaster Console.


Creating and Maintaining Distribution Lists

Describes how you can edit the properties of a distribution list, delete a distribution list, copy a distribution list, or run a distribution list once you have created it.


Creating a ReportCaster Schedule in the Basic Scheduling Tool

Describes how to create a schedule using the Basic Scheduling tool.


Creating a ReportCaster Schedule in the Advanced Scheduling Tool

Describes how to create a ReportCaster schedule using the Advanced Scheduling tool.


Maintaining Schedules

Describes how to maintain, edit, copy, and delete a schedule.


Tracking Schedules

Describes how to access log reports from the tree and Basic Scheduling tool.


Using the Report Library

Describes the Report Library, a storage and retrieval facility for ReportCaster output.


ReportCaster Explorer

Describes how to obtain a list of ReportCaster items, and how to filter schedules, Distribution Lists, Access Lists, and Library Output.


ReportCaster Tracing

Describes ReportCaster tracing, which enables administrators to obtain information about the internal operations of ReportCaster components.


Tips and Techniques for Coding a ReportCaster Report

Provides tips and techniques for developing WebFOCUS reports that meet the requirements for scheduling and distribution using ReportCaster.


ReportCaster Formats for Scheduled Output

Provides descriptions, suggested uses, and considerations about each ReportCaster output format.


WebFOCUS Repository Tables for ReportCaster

Describes the contents and primary keys of each table within the repository.


ReportCaster Variables

Provides a list of internal variables that are created and used by the ReportCaster Distribution Server during scheduled job processing.



Defines key terms and concepts in this manual.

Documentation Conventions

The following table describes the documentation conventions that are used in this manual.





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