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Report Manager Window

 

In the Juniper NorthStar Planner window, select Report > Report Manager to display the Report Manager window as shown in Figure 1.

From the Report Manager window, you can generate network reports including tunnel diversity reports, tunnel bandwidth reports, and tunnel simulation reports.

Each report possesses sorting and filtering functions, allowing you to easily pinpoint the source of problems. These reports are automatically saved to the server, or you can save a copy to the client.

The Report Manager window is split into two panes, where the left pane displays the available reports in a tree view, and the right (results) pane displays the contents of the selected report. The reports are categorized as follows:

Tunnel Layer Network ReportsThese are the main network reports, including path, utilization, and cost reports. These reports are dynamically generated, meaning that the reports are always up to date, reflecting the current state of your network model. Each time that the Report Manager is opened, upon the first click of a report, the report is generated and saved to the report folder of the network model. For all other subsequent clicks on that report, the report is read from the cache unless you close and reopen the Report Manager, or choose to regenerate the report.
Tunnel ReportsThese are the tunnel layer-related network reports, including tunnel path and diversity, tunnel traffic, and tunnel link reports.
FRRFast reroute (FRR) reports.
Tunnel Layer Link ReportsThese reports provide information about the performance of the network related to the tunnel layer after running failure simulation.
Tunnel Layer Group ReportsThese reports provide information about the performance of the network by tunnel group.
NodeThese reports provide information about the planned tunnel bandwidth by node.
Tunnel Layer Simulation ReportsThese reports provide information about the performance of the network after running failure simulation. Certain reports are only available after running specific failure simulations.
Figure 1: Report Manager Window
Report Manager Window

Some report windows contain a filter mechanism that allows you to search for any expression. Table 1 lists the action icons in the top tool bar and the fields and icons in the bottom tool bar in the Report Manager window.

Table 1: Report Manager Window Actions and Fields

Action or Field

Description

Explanation

Provides an explanation of the currently selected report.

Multiple Sort

Allows two consecutive sorting methods to be applied to the current report.

Restore

Displays the report in its original form prior to any sorting or searching.

Select Columns

Displays a Column Selection window, allowing you to select which columns to display in the report.

Re-Generate

Refreshes the currently selected report.

Script

Creates a file for filtering the report in text mode. The filter is based on the query specified in the Advance Filter window.

Actions drop-down menu

(three stacked horizontal bars)

The actions available include setting columns to display, saving the report, exporting the report, and printing.

Filter

Enter the string to search for.

Search icon

Performs the search as specified in the Filter field.

Advance Search icon

Displays an Advanced Filter window, allowing you to search by exact match, substring match, wildcards, and regular expressions.

Go to page arrows icon

Click the icons to display the first page, previous page, next page, or last page.

Entries Per Page icon

You can set the number of entries that are shown on each page of the viewer. You can also type the page number to display.

The following actions can be performed on the column headers in report view in the right pane. Some actions are available by right-clicking the column header.

SortThe information displayed in the right pane of the Report Manager window can be sorted. Click the column header to sort in alphabetical order. To reverse sort, click the header again.
Select ColumnsThis function displays a Columns Selection window allowing you to select the columns to display in the report if applicable. The ordering of the column headers can be set in this window or by dragging the column header in the report view.
Show All ColumnsSelecting this option displays all available columns for this report in the right pane.

Reset the Column OrderIf the column order has been changed, selecting this option resets it to its default order.

Auto Fit This ColumnThe selected column is resized to fit the longest text entry.
Auto Fit All ColumnsAll columns are resized to fit the longest text entry.

Freeze ColumnThe columns are frozen for horizontal scrolling.

The following actions can be performed by right-clicking the report entry in the left pane:

Re-Generate ReportRegenerate the report and update any fields that might need updating.
Save Whole Report to ClientAny available reports in the Report Manager can be exported to a Comma-Separated Values (CSV) file. Selecting this option displays a Save Copy on Client window that allows you to save the report to the desired location. This saves the entire report without consideration of any filters applied.
Save Filtered Report to ClientIf you have used any of the filter functions on the report, then only the filtered results are saved.
Convert ReportSaves the report into the desired format. Choose from XML, Comma-Separated Values (CSV), or Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). Indicate an Output File name on the server in which to save the report. The report is saved into the Output Path as indicated in the File Manager window. To change the path, click Browse and navigate to the desired directory. You can also save a copy of the report to your local client, by selecting the Copy to client check box. Click Browse to navigate to the desired location on your local machine.
Export to ExcelThis allows you to export the file to a spreadsheet as a CSV file.
Generate Filter ScriptThis allows you to generate an advanced filtering shell script in your Unix server environment. After being created, this script enables you to create customized reports from existing network project reports at a later time, without having to launch the NorthStar Controller client. This is useful for the advanced user who might want to run batch processes for efficiency purposes, especially if the generated reports always need to be customized using specific filters.

Options that influence the output of these reports can be set by selecting Tools > Options > Report. The Juniper NorthStar Simulation Options window is displayed as shown in Figure 2. These settings include node and link references, bandwidth and distance units, and format.

Figure 2: Juniper NorthStar Simulation Options Window with Report Selected
Juniper NorthStar Simulation
Options Window with Report Selected

The Advanced Filter Script utility allows you to create and then to apply a filtering shell script in the Unix environment on reports that have been generated by the tool. This is a convenient way to produce filtered reports without the need to launch the client. The shell script can also be called by other scripts that generate automated daily batch reports.

Note

In the Report Manager, the Script utility is only available for reports that are in CSV format. If you do not see the Script button, select Tools > Options > Report and make sure that the Report Style is set to CSV. After that is done, go back to the Report Manager, right-click the report file name you are trying to view, and select Re-Generate Report. If CSV format is supported for the report, it is re-displayed in a table format.