LAN reports provide detailed results on the bandwidth, drops and spanning tree state for both the entire system and for individual devices. The LAN reports can be accessed by clicking on either the Reporting > LAN > LAN Reports. LAN Reports can be accessed by the Reports button in the toolbar in the LAN tab. The image below shows where the Reports button is located in the LAN tab.
LiveNX provides three reports as shown in the list at the top left-hand side in the window below: Access Port Bandwidth, Access Port Drops and Spanning Tree State. For the access port reports, the length of historical data is selectable at the top of the chart: 1h (last hour), 6h (last six hours), 1d
(last day) and Custom. When selecting Custom, the select the desired Start Time and End Time for the LAN Report. The image below shows a Device Bandwidth chart with a time span of one hour. When choosing the Access Port Bandwidth report, select the desired device and Inbound or Outbound using the two respective combo boxes. Click on the Execute Report button to display the desired data. The table accompanying the chart describes the access ports and their input and output bandwidths in Kbps. Specific access ports can be viewed in the chart by enabling or disabling them via the checkboxes next to their names in the table.
When choosing the Access Port Drops report, select the desired device and Inbound or Outbound using the two respective combo boxes. Click on the Execute Report button to display the desired data. The table accompanying the chart describes the access ports and the number of packets dropped in both directions in the desired timeframe.
When choosing the Spanning Tree State Report, select the desired time, VLAN and either All Devices or a specific device using the dropdown menu. Click on Execute Report to display the desired data. NOTE: The Spanning Tree State Report tabulates information at a specific point in time and not over a time period. The Spanning Tree State Report is not available as a Scheduled Report.
The Access Port Bandwidth and the Access Port Drops reports include a … labeled button. Click to display a device pick list with an alphanumeric entry for searching the list. For more details on the device pick list, please see the Device Pick List section in the QoS reports. Custom reports can be created using the Save or Save As button. Once a desired report is saved, the report name appears in the Custom Report list. After a custom report is created, it can be scheduled using the report scheduling feature. There are six buttons for the LAN reports: Save, Save As, Delete, View HTML, Export to CSV, and Help. These buttons work the same way as the ones for the QoS and routing reports.
In the Reporting tab, click Reports > Schedule.
Report Schedule Options
Each scheduled report can be run on a daily, a weekly and/or a monthly schedule. The Report Schedule Options allows the LiveNX administrator to schedule the specifics of the daily, weekly and monthly reports.
The hourly report creates a report at the top of each hour and will begin when you define the hourly report. The start times are fixed to be at the start of each hour and the reports are stored with a unique name indicating the time range per day. The daily report creates a report with data collected within the user-defined start and end times. The start time default is 12:00 AM and the stop time default is 11:59 PM.
The daily report begins at the user-defined execute time; the default is 12:30 AM. Times are based on the LiveNX Server’s local time. To minimize CPU impact, create the reports during low traffic time periods.
The weekly report will create a report with data collected within the user-defined start and end dates. Seven 7-day options are available in the drop-down, one for starting the weekly report on each day of the week. The default is a 5-day Monday to Friday report. In all weekly reports, the report collects data from 12:00 midnight on the first day and ends at 11:59 PM on the last day. The weekly report will be generated on the day after the report end date; default time is 2:00 AM. To minimize CPU impact, create the weekly reports during low traffic time periods.
NOTE: When upgrading from a LiveNX version earlier than 3.15, any existing weekly reports may have incomplete data during the first week after the upgrade. LiveNX version 3.15 and higher creates the weekly reports from the long-term database, and this requires several days of data to create the initial report.
The monthly report will create a report with data collected from the first to the last day of the month. To minimize CPU impact, create the monthly reports during low traffic time periods.
LiveNX can generate long-term reports by using aggregated flows for faster results when dealing with reports that span greater than multiple days. Details of the aggregated flows can be found in Chapter 7 – LiveNX Flow, under LiveNX NetFlow Process Overview. The long-term reports using aggregated flows can be generated by:
- Creating custom reports and scheduling it for one week or one month
- Creating ad hoc reports that match the flow dashboards source that is greater than four days
Schedule long-term reports by selecting the Weekly or Monthly checkbox in the Report Scheduling dialog box or right click on a saved custom report name in the Flow Report Tree and right click on Add to schedule.
Choose Weekly or Monthly to add it to the Report Schedule.
Send Email Notifications
Clicking on the Send Email Notifications checkbox enables the e-mail service.
When the checkbox is enabled, the Configure… button becomes active.
Recipient Address: enter the desired recipients’ e-mail addresses separated by commas.
Go to the LiveAction Management Console and enter the LiveNX Server’s IP address or hostname in the HTTP server. host field in the Properties tab. This allows the hyperlinks for the custom reports in the e-mail to work. Click on Apply and then Stop and Start the LiveNX Server for the configuration change to take effect.
Max Rows Per Report: Use the up or down arrows to increase or decrease the size of the individual report. The minimum size is 50 rows; the default is 200 rows.
Click on Attach Reports to include the scheduled reports as PDF attachments.
Click on the Collate and choose among All Report, By Technology or Custom. Choose All Reports to group the reports in alphabetical order. Choose By Technology to group the scheduled reports so all the QoS reports are together, all the Flow reports are together, etc. Choose Custom to collate scheduled reports in a user-configurable manner. Click on Edit Custom Groupings, use the Add button to define a custom report group, select from the other reports column and add that to the current group of reports. Your reports will now get collated based on the group definitions.
For details on Configure, please see Options below.
LiveNX automatically populates the Scheduled Reports with a compilation of all the Custom QoS, Flow, Routing, IP SLA, and LAN report.
- Select the desired custom reports for automatic generation by clicking on the Daily or Weekly checkbox in the list.
- Uncheck the checkbox to remove the particular report from the automatic Daily or Weekly schedule.
The Custom Dashboard allows users to create a user-defined dashboard that displays data for different technologies. Go to Reporting > Custom Dashboard.
Any number and any combination of chart types can be added to the Custom Dashboard: Flow, NBAR, Class, Interface, and Destination. Drag and drop a chart icon into the custom dashboard window in the desired order.
By dragging charts into the custom dashboard window, any combination of the five chart types can be displayed in the Custom Dashboard. The nine horizontal and vertical dots next to each chart are used as separators between adjacent charts and function as size controls. When you put the cursor over a size control, the cursor changes to a double-sided arrow, and you can shrink or expand the chart in the horizontal or vertical direction by using the horizontal or vertical size controls, respectively. Putting the cursor over a chart’s title bar changes the timestamp on the right-hand side to two icons: a close icon in the right-hand corner and a collapse or expand chart icon to the left of the close icon.
A new Custom Dashboard is created by clicking on the New button at the top left-hand corner of the custom dashboard window. Each Custom Dashboard can be renamed by double-clicking on the tab. The Hide Palette/Show Palette button allows the user to hide or to show the five chart icons at the bottom of the Custom Dashboard. The default setting is Show Palette. Once created, each Custom Dashboard is automatically saved when the user closes the custom dashboard window. Details of each chart are shown on the following pages.