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Understanding the Types of Reports You Can Create

The Report mode enables you to create standard reports from your network information. Reports are based on a report definition that can either be global or granular. You control this global or granular scope of the report definition by your selections in the View pane (the selected view and network tree node).

For example, if you want to run your reports against all switches, you could select the Logical view and the Switching Network node in the network tree. Or if you wanted to run reports on all the devices on a floor of a building, you would select the Location view and navigate to the floor node of a building in the network tree. To pinpoint the performance on a particular switch, you would select the Device view and the individual switch node in the network tree.

Note: When naming your report definition, include the scope in the name. You cannot tell the scope from the report definition after you have created the definition; you can, however, determine the scope from the generated report.

The reports generated from the report definition file are either formatted and sent to you through e-mail or sent using Secure Copy Protocol (SCP) to a designated repository.

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