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Understanding Report Mode in Network Director

 

In Report mode in Junos Space Network Director, you can create standardized reports from the monitoring and fault data collected by Network Director. An essential part of the network management lifecycle, reporting provides administrators and management insight into the network for maintenance, troubleshooting, trend and capacity analysis, and provides records that can be archived for compliance requirements.

Network Director provides reports in PDF and HTML formats that use graphs and tables to clearly convey data. Reports are also available in CSV format for importing into spreadsheets. Figure 1 shows some examples of PDF reports.

Figure 1: Examples of Network Director Reports
Examples of Network Director
Reports

In addition to choosing the formats for your reports, you can:

  • Run reports on-demand or schedule them to run at a specific time or on a recurring schedule.

  • Select the portion of network you want the report to cover by selecting a scope in the View pane when you create a report definition. For example, you can run a Device Inventory report on your entire network, on all devices in a wiring closet, or on all EX4200 switches.

  • Select the report options—for example, the historical time frame you want an Audit Trail report to cover or the type of devices you want to include in a Device Inventory report.

  • Have reports sent to an e-mail address or automatically archived on a file server.

The process for generating reports is simple. Select a scope in the View pane and then create a report definition by using the Create Report Definition wizard. When you complete the report definition, the reports are immediately scheduled to run according to the scheduling choices you have made.