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Introducing Quest Reporter : Glossary : O

A Windows entity. Examples include users, groups, and computers. Access rights to objects include create, read, edit, and delete.
Object Category
Different category types representing different object types such as users, groups, computers, NTFS, domains, and so on.
Object Class
Within Reporter, object classes represent the different object types for which Reporter collects data, such as users, groups, computers, NTFS, domains, and so on. Each report template defined in Reporter is associated with one and only one object class.
Object Set
A collection of objects that can be reused for purposes of data collection and report generation.
Offline Object Set
An object set that has been configured for offline purposes. The objects are enumerated and the necessary information is stored in the database. Report generation against stored data is much faster as the database is referenced instead of querying the live network to enumerate the appropriate objects. As well, this allows the generation of stored reports when disconnected from the network.
Organizational Unit (OU)
A container object used to organize the Active Directory objects logically within a domain.