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Manual Chapter: Scheduling Reports
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Overview: Scheduling reports

You can schedule specific Analytics reports to be sent to one of more email addresses periodically. The reports that are available depend on the modules installed on your system, and how the system is configured. In the schedule, you specify the information to include in the report.

For example, if you are using Application Security Manager™ (ASM) to develop security policies, you can have the system send reports concerning attacks that were discovered, policy violations that occurred, and many other security measures. If you are a network administrator, you could schedule reports about DNS packets. Resource administrators can send reports so they can track CPU, disk, and memory utilization, and other system statistics. Many other reports are available that you can schedule to be sent regularly.

Scheduling reports to be sent

Before you can schedule reports to be sent, you need to configure SMTP on the system, and have the email addresses of the people to whom you want to send the reports.
You can set up schedules to send reports by email periodically. You select the information to include in the report.
  1. On the main tab, click Local Traffic > Profiles > Analytics > Scheduled Reports .
    The Scheduled Reports screen opens.
    Note: If SMTP is not configured, you receive a message with a link. Click the link to set up SMTP before proceeding.
  2. On the far right, click Create.
    The New Reporting Schedule screen opens.
  3. In the Name field, type a name for the report schedule.
  4. In the Send To (E-Mails) setting, type an email address where you want to send the report, and click Add.
    Add as many email addresses as you need to.
  5. From the SMTP Configuration list, select the configuration that you want to use.
    If no configurations are available, click Create to add one.
  6. From the Reporting Module list, select the type of report you want to send.
    The types of reports listed depend on which modules you have provisioned on your system. For example, if you have ASM and AFM provisioned, the list includes application security, DoS, and network firewall reports as well as reports showing general system statistics.
  7. In the Chart setting, specify what you want to include in the report. Criteria and measures that you can specify vary for the different types of reports.
    1. In the Filter setting, from the lists, select the time period and number of results to show.
    2. In the Chart Path, select the top reporting criteria, then select the measures to include in the report.
      The criteria and measures differ depending on which Reporting Module you select.
    3. From the Available measures, select the ones to include in the report and move them to Selected measures.
    4. To drill down and include more specific report criteria, click +, then from the Use top result list, select another option.
    5. To include an average of all the statistics and the specific ones, select the Include Overall check box below the measures.
  8. For Mail Frequency, select how often, the date to start, and the time to send the reports.
  9. Click Finished.
The report schedule is added to the list. The specified report is sent by email to the addresses as scheduled. Or, select the schedule and click Send Now to test sending it right away. The report is attached to the email as a PDF. You can check the status in the list to see if the report was sent successfully.

Notes on Scheduled Reports

You can access Scheduled Reports from three places on the BIG-IP® system. The screen is the same, but the types of reports that you can schedule in each place varies.

  • Local Traffic > Profiles > Analytics > Scheduled Reports : Lets you view and schedule reports for all provisioned modules, such as Application Security Manager ™and Advanced Firewall Manager, as well as for TMSTAT-related statistics, and health-related and network statistics including those for disk utilization, TCP, UDP, memory, CPU, DNS, and so on. (Requires user role of Administrator.)
  • Statistics > Analytics > Scheduled Reports : Lets you view and schedule reports concerning overall system health-related and network statistics, including those for disk utilization, TCP, UDP, memory, CPU, DNS, and so on. (User roles can be Administrator, Resource Administrator, Application Security Administrator, or Application Security Editor.)
  • Security > Reporting > Scheduled Reports : Lets you schedule reports that focus on provisioned security modules, including Application Security Manager and Advanced Firewall Manager. (User roles can be Administrator, Resource Administrator, Application Security Administrator, or Application Security Editor.)

If you have Administrator user privileges, you can schedule all of the reports. If you are a security or network administrator, you would schedule the reports through the Security or Statistics areas.

Scheduling predefined ASM reports to be sent

Before you can schedule reports to be sent, you need to configure SMTP on the system, and have the email addresses of the people to which you want to send the reports.
Application Security Manager™ (ASM) provides several predefined reports that list the top security issues discovered on the system. You can set up schedules to send one of the predefined ASM reports by email periodically.
  1. On the main tab, click Security > Reporting > Scheduled Reports .
    The Scheduled Reports screen opens.
    Note: If SMTP is not configured, you receive a message with a link. Click the link to set up SMTP before proceeding.
  2. On the far right, click Create.
    The New Reporting Schedule screen opens.
  3. In the Name field, type a name for the report schedule.
  4. In the Send To (E-Mails) setting, type an email address where you want to send the report, and click Add.
    Add as many email addresses as you need to.
  5. From the SMTP Configuration list, select the configuration that you want to use.
    If no configurations are available, click Create to add one.
  6. From the Reporting Module list, select Application Security.
  7. In the Chart setting, specify the predefined report to send.
    1. Click Predefined report.
    2. From the list of predefined reports, select the one to send.
    3. To include an average of all the statistics and the specific ones, select the Include Overall check box below the list.
  8. For Mail Frequency, select how often, the date to start, and the time to send the reports.
  9. Click Finished.
The report schedule is added to the list. The predefined report is sent by email to the addresses as scheduled. Or, select the schedule and click Send Now to test sending it right away. The report is attached to the email as a PDF. You can check the status in the list to see if the report was sent successfully.
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