Generating Advisor Service Reports

Red Hat Insights 2021

Share reporting from advisor about the conditions affecting your RHEL infrastructure.

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The advisor service provides several ways to download and share reporting.

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Chapter 1. Overview of Insights for RHEL advisor service reporting

The advisor service enables the following ways to share the status of your Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) infrastructure:

  • Export and download a report in CSV or JSON file format showing recommendations for your impacted RHEL systems, and share the information with strategic stakeholders.
  • Subscribe to the advisor Weekly Report email to receive a brief summary of the health of your RHEL environment.
  • Download an executive report to share a high level overview of your infrastructure with an executive audience.

These methods enable a quick and easily accessible way for you or other stakeholders to assess the health of your infrastructure and plan or act accordingly.

Chapter 2. Insights for RHEL advisor service data export

Users of the advisor service can export a report in either JSON or CSV format that shows the recommendations impacting each of your registered systems. Exported reports include the following information:

  • Host name
  • Inventory UUID for the host
  • RHEL version
  • Date and time of the last data upload from this host to Insights for RHEL
  • Title of the recommendation impacting the host
  • Link to the solution for this recommendation
  • Total risk posed by this recommendation (from 1 to 4; 1 means low risk, 4 means high risk)
  • Likelihood of this recommendation being active on your registered systems (from 1 to 4 = 1 means unlikely; 4 means highly probable)
  • Date this recommendation was published
  • Link to the scan results for this host

2.1. Exporting reports using the advisor service

To export a report using the advisor service, complete the following steps:

  1. Navigate to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux > Advisor > Recommendations page and log in if necessary.
  2. Apply filters as needed to refine results.
  3. Click the Download icon located to the right of the Search box in the toolbar.
  4. Select either Export to CSV or Export to JSON depending on your preference.
  5. In the dialog box, select Open with and specify an application with which to open the file, or click Save File and click OK.

2.2. Exporting advisor service data using the API

Use the advisor service API to export data in one of the following ways:

API documentation for all of the Insights for Red Hat Enterprise Linux services is available at

Chapter 3. Insights for RHEL advisor service weekly-report email subscription

The advisor service Weekly Report email provides a quick view of the health of your environment. Subscribing to the email is optional and requires that you opt in using the settings in the advisor service. The email is informative yet unobtrusive; all of the included information can be consumed at a glance.

The email is sent every Sunday night (United States Eastern Standard Time, UTC -05:00; Easter Daylight Time, UTC-4:00) to the email address associated with your individual Red Hat Customer Portal user account, allowing you to begin your week informed. When you opt in, your subscription preference will apply only to yourself, and not everyone in your organization.

The email provides the following information about systems registered to your account:

  • Number of critical rule hits in your infrastructure
  • Number of impacted systems in your infrastructure
  • Total number of recommendations impacting your infrastructure

3.1. Subscribing to the advisor service Weekly Report email

You must subscribe to the weekly email in order to receive it.

Procedure to subscribe to the Weekly Report email

Use the following procedure to subscribe to the advisor Weekly Report email.

  1. Navigate to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux > Advisor > Recommendations page and log in if necessary.
  2. Click the down arrow to the right of your name and click User preferences.

    img adv user settings

  3. Under the Email subscriptions heading, next to Insights, check the Weekly Report check box.

    img adv weekly email opt in

  4. Click Submit.

You will receive the email each Sunday night from sender, Red Hat Insights, with the subject line, Weekly Insights summary report.

To unsubscribe, follow the procedure above and clear the Weekly Report check box.

Chapter 4. Insights for RHEL advisor service executive report

You can download a high-level report summarizing the status of your infrastructure and designed for an executive audience. Executive reports are one to two-page PDF files showing the following information:

  • Identified recommendations by severity
  • Recently identified recommendations by category
  • Top three recommendations in your infrastructure based on the greatest total risk and the greatest number of systems exposed

4.1. Downloading an advisor service executive report

Use the following procedure to download an executive report from the advisor service.


  1. Navigate to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux > Advisor > Recommendations page and log in if necessary.
  2. Located in the upper-right corner of the Recommendations page, click the Download executive report link.
  3. Select to open or save the file and click OK.
  4. If downloaded, check your download location for the PDF file.

Chapter 5. Reference materials

To learn more about the advisor service, see the following resources:

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