Overview of JasperReports Server Administration

JasperReports Server builds on JasperReports Library as a comprehensive family of Business Intelligence (BI) products, providing robust static and interactive reporting, report server, and data analysis capabilities. These capabilities are available as either stand-alone products, or as part of an integrated end-to-end BI suite utilizing common metadata and providing shared services, such as security, a repository, and scheduling.

The heart of the Jaspersoft BI Suite is the server, which provides the ability to:

Easily view and explore your data in the web-based drag-and-drop Ad Hoc Editor interface.
Efficiently and securely manage many reports.
Interact with reports, including sorting, filtering, formatting, entering parameters and drilling on data.
Arrange reports and web content to create appealing, data-rich Jaspersoft Dashboards that quickly convey business trends.

Jaspersoft OLAP is an optional component of JasperReports Server, controlled by licence and described in its own user guide.

While the Ad Hoc Editor lets users create simple reports, more complex reports can be created outside of the server. You can use Jaspersoft iReport Designer (hereafter called “iReport”) or write your own JRXML code to create a report that can be run in the server. Jaspersoft recommends that you use iReport unless you have a thorough understanding of the JasperReports Library file structure. See the JasperReports Server User Guide for more information.

Jaspersoft provides several other source of information to help extend your knowledge of JasperReports Server:

Our Ultimate Guides document advanced features, best practices, and numerous examples. Customers can download them freely from the Jaspersoftonline store.
Our free Business Intelligence Tutorials let you learn at your own pace, and cover topics for developers, administrators, business users, and data integrators. The tutorials are available online in the Professional Services section of our website.

Our free samples, which are installed with JasperReports Library,Jaspersoft iReport Designer, and JasperReports Server, are documented online. The samples documentation can be found on our community website.

This administrator guide describes features that are only available to users who have administrator roles. Many of the configuration procedures also assume you have unlimited access to the JasperReports Server host computer.