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Overview of Enterprise Manager reports

You can use Enterprise Manager™ reports to retrieve and view information about the devices and BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager™ (LTM®) and BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager™ (GTM™) objects in your network. To create a report, you define parameters, the devices from which to collect the data, and the object types you want to include. You can collect data and view the report immediately, or you can schedule the report to run in the future either once, or at regular intervals. Depending on the report type, completed reports are presented in Adobe® portable document format (PDF) or comma-separated value (CSV) text, which you can export to a spreadsheet, such as Microsoft® Excel®. The Capacity Planning report also supports an interactive HTML format.

Important: Before you can use the reports feature, you must enable data collection. You have the opportunity to enable data collection when you create a report. However, if you upgraded to the current version of Enterprise Manager from a version prior to 1.7, you must re-license the system before you can enable data collection. Due to the processing power required to collect and store statistical information, data collection is available only for the Enterprise Manager 4000 platform.

Standard reports

This table outlines the standard reports that you can create using Enterprise Manager™.

Table 1. Enterprise Manager report descriptions
Report name Description Use this report to Format
Capacity Planning Performance capacity details about CPU usage, memory usage, and throughput To help you identify devices that are running near the edge of capacity and to make any required changes PDF and HTML
Certificate Inventory Information about the SSL certificates for the devices that Enterprise Manager has discovered in your network Easily manage multiple SSL certificates and identify those that have expired, or are about to expire CSV
Device Inventory Comprehensive details about the devices that Enterprise Manager has discovered in your network Centrally manage all of the details of the managed devices in your network CSV
Flapping LTM Node A list of Local Traffic Manager™ (LTM®) nodes that repeatedly restart, going from an up state to a down state and back again (referred to as flapping) Identify and troubleshoot potential issues with the connectivity to nodes in your network PDF
Flapping LTM Pool Member A list of pool members that repeatedly restart, going from an up state to a down state and back again. Identify and troubleshoot potential issues with the connectively to pool members in your network PDF
GTM Object Activity Global Traffic Manager™ (GTM™) object activity details Monitor the activity and performance of GTM objects in your network, troubleshoot potential issues, and reallocate resources as needed PDF
LTM Node Inventory The names of nodes that Enterprise Manager has discovered in your network Manage the status and state of all of the nodes in your network PDF
LTM Object Activity Local Traffic Manager (LTM) object activity details Monitor the activity and performance of LTM objects in your network, troubleshoot potential issues, and reallocate resources as needed PDF
SSL TPS Usage SSL certificate transactions per second (TPS) for each device that Enterprise Manager has discovered in your network Monitor SSL certificate activity trends for your devices, and to plan for platform upgrades and future transition to 2K bit SSL certificate keys PDF
Unused LTM Objects All Local Traffic Manager (LTM) objects that have had no activity within a configured date parameter Monitor the activity of LTM objects in your network, troubleshoot potential issues, and reallocate resources as needed PDF

Creating reports

You can create Enterprise Manager™ reports to easily manage details about the objects associated with the managed devices in your network.
  1. On the Main tab, click Enterprise Management > Reports. The Reports screen opens.
  2. Under Types, click the report type that you want to create. The screen refreshes, displaying any currently configured reports of the selected type that are scheduled, or have run.
  3. Click the Create button. The Report Options screen opens, displaying the settings relevant to the type of report you are creating.
  4. In the Name field, type the name as you would like it to appear on the report, and on the scheduled and completed report list.
  5. If you are creating a Certificate Inventory or Device Inventory, click the Next button and follow the steps in the Scheduling reports procedure.
  6. For the remainder of the reports, specify settings for the report, then click the Next button and then follow the steps in the Scheduling reports procedure. For specific information about each report setting, refer to the online help.
Report options

The report options vary depending on the type of report that you are creating.

You can specify values for the following settings when creating a Capacity Planning report.
Capacity Planning report setting Default value Action
Aggregation Interval No default value Specify the interval over which the data is averaged, to find the maximum capacity reached during the data collection period.
Filter N/A To restrict the number of devices displayed, type a full or partial name or IP address in the field, and click the Filter button.
Device Name No default value Select the check box next to the devices from which you want to collect data. You must select at least one device.
Memory headroom (%) 85 Specify the maximum memory threshold to use for calculating the projected date that the capacity limit is reached.
CPU headroom (%) 85 Specify the maximum CPU threshold to use for calculating the projected date that the capacity limit is reached.
Throughput headroom (bits/sec) 1000000 Specify the maximum throughput threshold to use for calculating the projected date that the capacity limit is reached.
You can specify values for the following settings when creating a Certificate Inventory report.
Flapping LTM Node report setting Default value Action
Interval (minutes) 30 Specify the period of time within which to check for flapping nodes.
Threshold (count) 2 Specify the minimum number of times during the interval that a node must flap before it is included in the report.
Filter N/A To restrict the number of devices displayed, type a full or partial name or IP address in the field, and click the Filter button.
Device Name No default value Select the check box next to the devices from which you want to collect data. You must select at least one device.
You can specify values for the following settings when creating a Flapping LTM® Pool Member report.
Flapping LTM Pool Member report setting Default value Action
Interval (minutes) 30 Specify the period of time within which to check for flapping pool members.
Threshold (count) 2 Specify the minimum number of times during the interval that a pool member must flap before it is included in the report.
Filter N/A To restrict the number of devices displayed, type a full or partial name or IP address in the field, and click the Filter button.
Device Name No default value Select the check box next to the devices from which you want to collect data. You must select at least one device.
You can specify values for the following settings when creating a GTM™ Object Activity report.
GTM Object Activity report setting Default value Action
Max number of objects 10 Specify the maximum number of objects that you want displayed in the report.
Most or Least Active Most Active From the list, select an option to display the most active or the least active objects.
Filter N/A To restrict the number of devices displayed, type a full or partial name or IP address in the field, and click the Filter button.
Device Name No default value Select the check box next to the devices from which you want to collect data. You must select at least one device.
You can specify values for the following options when creating an LTM Node Inventory report.
LTM Node Inventory report setting Default value Action
Filter N/A To restrict the number of devices displayed, type a full or partial name or IP address in the field, and click the Filter button.
Device Name No default value Select the check box next to the devices from which you want to collect data. You must select at least one device.
You can specify values for the following settings when creating an LTM Object Activity report.
LTM Object Activity report setting Default value Action
Max number of objects 10 Specify the maximum number of objects that you want displayed in the report.
Most or Least Active Most Active From the list, select an option to display the most active or the least active objects.
Show Object All object types Clear the check box next to the object type for which you do not want to collect data.
Filter N/A To restrict the number of devices displayed, type a full or partial name or IP address in the field, and click the Filter button.
Device Name No default value Select the check box next to the devices from which you want to collect data. You must select at least one device.
You can specify values for the following options when creating an SSL TPS Usage report.
SSL TPS Usage report setting Default value Action
Filter N/A To restrict the number of devices displayed, type a full or partial name or IP address in the field, and click the Filter button.
Device Name No default value Select the check box next to the devices from which you want to collect data. You must select at least one device.
You can specify values for the following options when creating an Unused LTM Objects report.
Unused LTM Objects report setting Default value Action
Show Object All object types Clear the check box next to the object types for which you do not want to collect data.
Filter N/A To restrict the number of devices displayed, type a full or partial name or IP address in the field, and click the Filter button.
Device Name No default value Select the check box next to the device from which you want to collect data. You must select at least one device.
Scheduling reports
You must specify values for the Report Options settings before you can schedule the report.
You can schedule a report to run immediately, providing you with a current snapshot of your inventory or activity, or you can schedule the report to run in the future either once, or at regular intervals.
  1. On the Main tab, click Enterprise Management > Reports. The Reports screen opens.
  2. Under Types, click the report type that you want to schedule. The screen refreshes, displaying any currently configured reports of the selected type that are scheduled, or have run.
  3. For the Run this report setting, select an option from the list to specify when, or at what interval, to run the report. Keep in mind that frequent data collection requires more storage space, which reduces the total amount of historical data that you can keep. The settings on the screen change, depending on the option you select.
  4. If you selected an option other than Now for the Date and Time setting, specify the date and time that you want to run the report.
  5. If you are creating a Flapping Nodes, LTM Object Activity, or Unused LTM Objects report, for the Date Collection Interval setting, specify the amount of time (prior to the report run date) to collect data.
  6. To specify a person to receive this report by email, in the Email Subscription field, type the email address of the person and click Add Email.
  7. Repeat the previous step for each additional email recipient you want to add.
  8. To remove an email address, select the check box next to the email address, and click Remove.
  9. Click the Submit button to save your changes. The Reports screen opens, displaying the report in the Scheduled Reports area or the Completed Reports area, depending on when it is scheduled to run.

Viewing and downloading reports

After Enterprise Manager™ has collected the specified data for a report, it lists the report in the Completed Reports area of the associated Reports screen. When the report is displayed in this area, you can view it as well as can download the report for distribution or archival.
  1. On the Main tab, click Enterprise Management > Reports. The Reports screen opens.
  2. Under Types, click the report type that you want to view. The screen refreshes, displaying any currently configured reports of the selected type that are scheduled, or have run.
  3. Select the check box next to the report that you want to view, and click the Download button. You are prompted to open or save the file.
  4. Click the Open button to view the report immediately. Optionally, you can click the Save button and navigate to a place to save the file.

Viewing the interactive HTML version of the Capacity Planning report

After Enterprise Manager™ has gathered the specified data for a Capacity Planning report, it lists the report in the Completed Reports area. When the report is displayed in this area, you can view the interactive HTML version. When you view the HTML version of this report, you can modify the settings to instantly display updated capacity projection end dates. Alternatively, you can save the report as a static PDF file, as you do all other Enterprise Manager reports.

Note: The Capacity Planning report is the only report available in interactive HTML format.
  1. On the Main tab, click Enterprise Management > Reports. The Reports screen opens.
  2. Under Types, click Capacity Planning. The screen refreshes to display any configured Capacity Planning reports that are scheduled, or have run.
  3. Select the check box next to the Capacity Planning report that you want to view, and click the View button. The Capacity Planning report you selected displays.
  4. If you have configured this report to run for more than one device, you can select another device from the Capacity Planning for list to view the associated report.
  5. To modify the headroom for CPU, memory, or throughput metrics, type a new value in the associated Headroom field and click the Update Projection button. The report refreshes to display the updated end date projection based on the new value.
  6. To change the type of statistical analysis method, select one of the following options from the Projection Type list.
    Option Description
    No Regression Displays the usage trends for the associated metrics and does not project a run out date.
    Linear Uses the least squares linear regression analysis method, which takes into account all historical data and minimizes any deviations to calculate a projected run out date.
    Holt-Winters Uses the exponential smoothing forecasting method, which takes the most recent data more into consideration to calculate a projected run out date.

Modifying report settings

You can modify the settings for a report only if it is scheduled to run at some time in the future.
After a report is scheduled, you can change the report name, how often the report runs and, if applicable, the devices from which to collect data.
  1. On the Main tab, click Enterprise Management > Reports. The Reports screen opens.
  2. Under Types, click the report type that you want to modify. The screen refreshes, displaying any currently configured reports of the selected type that are scheduled, or have run.
  3. Select the check box next to the report that you want to modify.
  4. Click the Edit button. The Report Options screen opens.
  5. Modify the settings as required.
  6. Click the Submit button to save your changes. The Reports screen opens, displaying the report in the Scheduled Reports area or the Completed Reports area, depending on when it is scheduled to run.

Report components

The components of each report vary depending on the report type.

Capacity Planning report components

  • Device name
  • Device IP address
  • Metric (CPU, memory, throughput)
  • Peak value
  • Projected run out date range

Certificate Inventory report components

  • Device name
  • Certificate name
  • Certificate type
  • Key type
  • Version
  • Serial number
  • Certificate expiration date
  • File name
  • Bit length
  • Management mode
  • Common name
  • Certificate organization
  • Certificate division
  • Certificate country
  • Certificate state
  • Certificate locality
  • Issuer organization
  • Issuer division
  • Issuer country
  • Issuer state
  • Issuer locality

Device Inventory report components

  • Device name
  • Device IP address
  • System ID
  • Configuration utility address
  • Management port address
  • Management interface address
  • Management netmask address
  • Management gateway address
  • Enterprise Manager server IP address
  • Enterprise Manager IP address
  • Clock skew data
  • Time zone
  • Uptime (hours:minutes)
  • Platform identification
  • Serial number
  • Failover state
  • Failover mode
  • Failover forced active
  • Peer state
  • Configuration synchronization status
  • Last configuration date
  • Last configuration synchronization date
  • Last refresh date
  • User authentication URL
  • Shell access status
  • Shell access filter
  • Device location
  • Device contact information
  • Active boot (slot) location
  • Service contract end date
  • Software product
  • Software version
  • Software build number
  • Base registration key

Flapping LTM Node report components

  • Node IP address
  • Device name
  • Flap start date and time
  • Flap end date and time
  • Final state of node
  • Flap number

Flapping LTM Pool Member report components

  • Pool IP address
  • Device name
  • Flap start date and time
  • Flap end date and time
  • Final state of pool
  • Flap number

GTM Object Activity report components

  • Virtual server name
  • Device name
  • Bits per second

LTM Node Inventory report components

  • Node IP address
  • Monitor status
  • Session state
  • Ratio
  • Connection limit

LTM Object Activity report components

  • Number
  • Virtual server name
  • Device name
  • Connections per second
  • Bits per second

SSL TPS Usage report components

  • Version (product name, version, and build number)
  • Platform
  • Serial number
  • SSL per core
  • Max TPS (maximum number of recorded SSL certificate transactions per second)
  • Licensed TPS

Unused LTM Objects report components

  • Object type
  • Object name
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