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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 (LTM) 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.

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 Enterprise Manager 3000 and 4000 platforms.
Table 1. Enterprise Manager report descriptions
Report Name Description Use this report to Format
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 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) Identify and troubleshoot potential issues with the connectivity to nodes in your network PDF
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) objects listed by most active or least active Monitor the activity of LTM objects in your network, troubleshoot potential issues, and reallocate resources as needed PDF
SSL TSP 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 (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 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 type of report that you are creating.
You can specify values for the following settings when creating a Flapping Nodes report.
Flapping Nodes 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 box, and click the Filter button.
Device Name No default value Check the select 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 select 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 box, and click the Filter button.
Device Name No default value Check the select 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 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 box, and click the Filter button.
Device Name No default value Check the select 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 box, and click the Filter button.
Device Name No default value Check the select 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 select 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 box, and click the Filter button.
Device Name No default value Check the select 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 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 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 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. When the report is displayed in this section, you can view and save the report for future reference, distribution, or to archive.
  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 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.
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 section or the Completed Reports section, depending on when it is scheduled to run.

Report components

Following is a list of the components for each report.

Certificate Inventory report

  • 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

  • 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 Nodes report

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

Node Inventory report

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

LTM Object Activity report

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

SSL TPS report

  • 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

LTM Object Activity report

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

Unused LTM Objects report

  • Object type
  • Object name
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