Configuring Specifications for Automated Reports Using the vGW Series Reports Module

This topic explains how to configure parameters that determine the kind of information to be generated in reports and when the reports should be generated.

To make report data more useful, you can use the Report Selection section to specify filters for the content. You can filter reports by Source IP, Destination IP, or Protocol. You can also filter out high, medium, and low priority alerts. Filtering allows you to report on exactly the information you need.

When you add a report specification, you can select predefined reports, including Executive Summary, Firewall, Network Activity, Security, Introspection, Compliance, and Smart Groups. You can also create custom reports.

To define a report:

  1. Click Add.
  2. Select the machines you want to report on, or select All Machines to report on the entire virtualized infrastructure.
  3. Enter a name for the report and a description.

    Note: Do not use spaces or special characters in the report name.

  4. Specify the maximum number of entries for the report.
  5. Specify the time period to report on.
  6. Choose either PDF or CSV as the output format for the report.

    Note: To display a report as a PDF file, a PDF viewer must be installed on the system.

  7. Specify whether the report should be saved on the local hard disk or sent in e-mail to a recipient.

    Note: If you use e-mail, you can specify to whom the report is sent, including an individual e-mail account, an e-mail alias, or multiple accounts separated by colons. You can also specify the e-mail address that will appear in the ‘From’ field on the e-mail.

  8. Choose when to generate the report. You can direct the system to generate a report immediately, or you can schedule the report to run at a particular time and day.

    We recommend that you schedule reports to run during low utilization periods, such as off hours. Report generation can consume significant system resources.

  9. Choose a report type. Several predefined reports are provided, including Executive Summary, Firewall, Network Activity, Security, Introspection, and Compliance. You can also create custom reports.

    A report selected during the report creation process has the title, graph, and relevant table data. If you select more than one type of report, each one is included in the same PDF output file, one after the other.

    Tip: Select report type to display a description of the report.

  10. Click Generate Now or Save to create the report.

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