This guide is intended as a basic guide to help you get started using SysKit. This guide simplifies performing common tasks by guiding you through a series of steps describing the user interface.
Step 1: Add Computers
When you install and open SysKit for the first time, there will be no data on the reports. The first thing you should do is add Computers for monitoring. If you are on the Session Dashboard, a warning message will be displayed that says you do not have any active computers; just click on the link to add computer(s).
Computers can also be added from the Administration – Computers category by selecting the Add button from the upper ribbon.
See Administration article to learn more about managing computers.
If you want to monitor only a single server only that is a part of a workgroup or Windows domain but not AD-integrated, please navigate to the Administration tab and click the arrow below the Add button in the upper ribbon, and then click Add Computer Manually.
Step 2: Active Directory Integration
If you will be monitoring more than one computer, we recommend that you do not skip this step. To successfully perform AD Integration for multiple computers, follow the steps below:
- Access Manage in the File menu and select System Jobs.
- From the System Jobs dialog, select the AD integration job and in the toolbar click Run Now to execute that job.
Step 3: Email Settings Configuration
To enable delivery of various SysKit reports by e-mail you must configure the SMTP server. If you will not use report scheduling and email notifications, you can skip this step.
To perform basic email configuration follow these steps:
- Access Manage in the File menu and click on System Jobs.
- From the System Jobs menu, double click on Send e-mails option. A new configuration window should appear.
- From the Outgoing email settings section select option Enable e-mail sending and enter your SMTP server settings.
- Input information related to server and email accounts. Once you have entered the required fields, test your settings by clicking on Test email settings button.
- Use Period section to define the day and time when the service will start and to schedule the next incoming emails.
Step 4: Manage Subscriptions
There are two simple ways to add and remove the report subscriptions. One uses the Manage Subscriptions dialog while the other requires configuration of each report separately. Note that this step requires email sending to be enabled and properly configured.
To manage report subscriptions via the Manage Subscriptions dialog, follow these steps:
- Access Manage in the File menu and select Manage Subscriptions. If you haven’t previously configured email settings, you can do so now by choosing the Configure Email option. To do so, follow Step 3.
- To add a new report subscription, select the New Subscription option in toolbar. The New Subscription dialog will appear.
- Define preferences in the Schedule tab that will be used for generating reports. Use a semi-colon to separate multiple receivers of the e-mails. Subject and description can be defined freely by the user. The description field will be presented to the e-mail receiver as the body of the e-mail.
- In the Reports tab select the reports you wish to add to the subscription by clicking on the Add Report button.
- Select your preferred report and define filters for it in the New Scheduled Report dialog.
Another way to define your subscription is to access it through the main report dashboard. Navigate to the report you wish to send by email and choose Schedule This Report > Schedule or Add To Existing from the top menu. The rest of the procedure is the same as the steps above.
Step 5: Get to know your dashboard
The Sessions Dashboard is shown at the start of the SysKit desktop application. It enables you to see live data, such as the number of sessions in progress, and the number of currently running sessions, processes, and computer states.
You can also create your own dashboards by accessing My Dashboards in the Dashboard panel and selecting New in Ribbon.
Step 6: Date Range filter
For most of the available reports (all except Inventory Reports and some Performance Reports which are real-time), you can use the Date Range filter positioned on the right of the selected report, in the Actions Panel. The selected Date Range represents the time filter for displayed data.
The Date Range filter enables you to select predefined time periods or define your own preferred time period for the selected report.
The selected time period will be preserved through all reports until you change it manually.
Step 7: Filters
Filters are positioned on the right of the selected report. Depending on the selected report and available data, more or fewer filters will be presented to further eliminate excess data you do not want to be represented in your report.
Like the Date Range filter, defined filters will be preserved through all reports.
If you find yourself in need of information provided in this Quick Start Guide, you can always access it manually through the SysKit application if you navigate to File > Help > Quick Start Guide.