LiveNX reporting allows the user to analyze events and statistics captured by the system. LiveNX has an extensive list of reports divided into two categories – Flow and QoS. The tables below define the reports in the two categories.
Please refer to the table below for details about each QoS report.
Web interface reporting provides two capabilities that help the user leverage the power of reporting. Users can start with a report and drill down as well as pivot. Let’s consider an example where the user wants to know the applications being detected on the network. An application report shows the list of applications across the network along with the bandwidth being consumed by those applications.
The next logical step for the user would be to further drill down and examine the various clients that might be using those applications. The user can simply select the application of interest and right click on it to get the ability to drill down into the details.
Drilling down into the applications shows the top conversations that are happening for that particular application. This provides users the ability to track which applications are consuming the bandwidth and the users responsible for it.
Reporting Features Unique to Web Interface
LiveNX reporting is accessible through a Web interface and has certain unique features. In this section, we will highlight unique reporting features available only in the web interface.
Selecting and Running Reports
The reporting section is split into two sections, Flow and QoS. Once the user selects a category of report Flow or QoS, they can further select the type of report related to each category. Click on each of the tabs to expand each and select the report you which to run. Once you have selected the report to run, the report screen will appear (in this example it’s the IPs and Ports report from the Flow section).
User can choose variables to run this report. The first three variables Time Range, Devices, Interfaces are the most commonly used. In addition, the Advanced menu provides additional choices related to Flex Search, Display Filter, Direction, Bin Duration etc.
Users can change these filters to execute reports and get the desired reports.
By clicking on you can also modify the graph into a Line, Column, Stacked Area or Stacked Column. You will also be able to export the chart in PNG or CSV formats.
Users can also print preview a report by clicking on the Preview button.
The web interface provides users the ability to schedule reports. If a user has already executed a report and wants that report to be scheduled on a periodic basis, they can simply select the Copy and Schedule button on the top right of the report.
Once users select Copy & Schedule, they can select the frequency of the report e.g. Hourly, Daily, Weekly or Monthly along with the schedule duration, the reports will be run periodically on the given schedule.
All the scheduled reports are cached and the user can see all cached reports by clicking on Reports -> View Reports. Once there, the right pane shows the list of reports along with their status.
Users can view the reports by simply clicking on the report link. In addition, users can also see all the scheduled reports on a calendar. The calendar shows the various reports that are scheduled and the frequency of the reports.
All the scheduled reports have a color code highlighting the report frequency – hourly, daily, weekly or monthly.
Users have the ability to share reports with other users in the organization. Create Advanced Report provides users the ability to select the type of report along with all the advanced reporting features as well as the Sharing option. Simply enter the email addresses to share the report with and the user gets an email. If AD integration exists, simply enter the AD usernames.
Scheduling Multiple Reports
Users can also schedule multiple reports using the Create Advanced Report option. Simply click on the + symbol next to the Reports list to get the list of reports that can be added to the currently scheduled report.
As you can see the from the figure above, users can add multiple reports related to Flow and QoS. In the example below, we show how a user has created two reports related to Flow and a report related to QoS in the same instance. Users can simply click the delete button to remove any of the reports in the list.
Another important feature for users is the ability to customize reports to Time Zones. Whether running immediate reports or scheduling those reports, users have the ability to select the time zone they want to review the report in. This comes in handy when troubleshooting problems across Time Zones and helps every user see the data in their own Time Zone.
Flex Search capability in reporting provides users the ability to search for information. Flex Search now has auto completion capabilities that help users narrow down the search criteria as they enter data. The Flex Search data is populated based on the information setup in the Java client.
In addition, the display filter also helps filter out the data displayed in the report. The display filter data is populated based on the filters setup in the Java client. In our case, we’ve run a report with the voice call display filter which shows only voice related data. Similarly, users can setup multiple filters to filter only the data needed in the reports.