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Overview of reports

You can use Enterprise Manager reports to retrieve and view information about the devices and BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager 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® PDF (portable document format) or CSV (comma-separated value) text, which you can export to a spreadsheet like Microsoft Excel.

Note: Data collection must be enabled to use the reports feature. You have the opportunity to enable data collection as part of the process of creating a list. 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 Enterprise Manager 3000 and 4000 platforms.
Table 1. Enterprise Manager report descriptions
Report Name Description When to use Format
Certificate Inventory A list of the SSL certificate details for the devices that Enterprise Manager has discovered in your network. Use this report to easily manage multiple SSL certificates and identify those that have expired, or are about to, expire. CSV
Device Inventory A list of devices that Enterprise Manager has discovered in your network. Use this report to centrally manage all of the details of the managed devices in your network. CSV
Flapping Nodes A list of nodes that repeatedly restart, going from an up state to a down state and back again (also referred to as, flapping). Use this report to identify and troubleshoot potential issues with the connectivity to nodes in your network. PDF
Node Inventory A list of nodes that Enterprise Manager has discovered in your network. Use this report to manage the status and state of all of the nodes in your network. PDF
LTM Object Activity Local Traffic Manager objects listed by most active or least active. Use this report to monitor the activity of Local Traffic Manager objects in your network, troubleshoot potential issues, and reallocate resources as needed. PDF
Unused LTM Objects All Local Traffic Manager objects that have had no activity within a configured date parameter. Use this report to monitor the activity of Local Traffic Manager 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, expand Enterprise Management, and click Reports. The Reports screen opens.
  2. Under Types, click the report type 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 relevent to the type of report you are creating.
  4. In the Name box, 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 report, 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 as outlined in its associated report table, then click the Next button and follow the steps in the Scheduling reports procedure.

Report options

The report options vary depending on the report you are creating.
You can specify values for the following settings when creating a Flapping Nodes report.
Flapping Nodes Report Settings 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.
Device Filter N/A To restrict the number of devices displayed, type a full or partial name or IP address in the box, and click the Filter button.
Devices List No default value Check the 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 Settings 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 box next to the object types for which you do not want to collect data.
Device Filter N/A To restrict the number of devices displayed, type a full or partial name or IP address in the box, and click the Filter button.
Devices List No default value Check the 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 a Node Inventory report.
Node Inventory Report Settings Default Value Action
Device Filter N/A To restrict the number of devices displayed, type a full or partial name or IP address in the box, and click the Filter button.
Devices List No default value Check the 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 Settings Default Value Action
Show Object all object types Clear the box next to the object types for which you do not want to collect data.
Device Filter N/A To restrict the number of devices displayed, type a full or partial name or IP address in the box, and click the Filter button.
Devices List No default value Check the box next to the devices from which you want to collect data. You must select at least one device.

Scheduling reports

You must specify values for the report option 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, expand Enterprise Management, and click Reports. The Reports screen opens.
  2. Under Types, click the report type 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 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 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 box, type the email address of the person and click the Add Email button.
  7. Repeat the previous step for each additional email recipient you want to add.
  8. To remove an email address, check the box next to the email address, and click the Remove button.
  9. Click the Submit button to save your changes. The Reports screen opens, displaying the report in the Scheduled Reports section or the Completed Reports section, depending on when it is scheduled to run.

Viewing and saving reports

After Enterprise Manager has collected the specified data for a report, it lists the report in the Completed Reports section of the Reports screen. Once the report is displayed in this section, you can view and save the report for future reference, distribution, or archival.
  1. On the Main tab, expand Enterprise Management, and click Reports. The Reports screen opens.
  2. Under Types, click the report type you want to view. The screen refreshes, displaying any currently configured reports of the selected type that are scheduled, or have run.
  3. Click the View 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.

Modifying report parameters

You can modify the parameters for a report only if it is scheduled to run at some time in the future.
Once 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, expand Enterprise Management, and click Reports. The Reports screen opens.
  2. Under Types, click the report type you want to modify. The screen refreshes, displaying any currently configured reports of the selected type that are scheduled, or have run.
  3. Check the box next to the report 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 section or the Completed Reports section, depending on when it is scheduled to run.
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