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Creating Report Profiles


 

Custom reports in Firewall Analyzer are grouped into report profiles, and listed under the My Reports category. A report profile can contain a combination of pre-defined and custom reports. The My Reports section is present in the Reports tab and the left navigation pane.

 

The My Reports section lists all the custom reports created so far, the hosts that are reported on, and scheduling options. Click on the report name to view the report. The page contains a menu bar and the menu bar contains the following menu:

  • Add Report Profile - Click this menu to create a new custom report.
  • Delete Report - Select the check boxes of custom reports to be deleted and click the delete Delete Report link to delete report(s).
  • Export Report Profiles - Select the check boxes of report profiles to be exported and click this menu. The profile will be downloaded as an XML file (FirewallAnalyzer_Profiles.xml), through your browser into your client machine.

  • Import Report Profiles - Click this menu to import report profiles. On clicking the menu, Select Report Profiles file to import: screen pops-up. In that, you will find File Location text box and Browse button besides. Enter the location of the XML file (FirewallAnalyzer_Profiles.xml) or use the browse button to locate the XML file. Click Import button to import the profiles in to Firewall Analyzer server and Cancel button to cancel the import profiles operation. If the report already exist in Firewall Analyzer, clicking Import button will list Failed To Import option and the existing reports with check boxes and you will find Over Write button and Cancel button to cancel the import profiles operation. Select the check boxes of report profiles to overwrite and click Over Write button.

     

    There will be no hosts configured for the imported report profiles. You have to edit the report profile to configure the hosts.

Click the Edit custom Report icon to edit the corresponding custom report configuration details. If the report profile has no schedules associated with it, the schedule icon is displayed. Click this icon to schedule the report profile. If the report profile already has a schedule associated with it, the Schedule another icon is displayed. Click this icon to create another schedule for this report profile.

 

The process of creating a report profile includes several other tasks such as including and excluding log filters, and setting custom criteria for specific reports.

 

If Include/Exclude Log Filters are applied to a custom report profile, it will be displayed with an icon and Filter Applied link on top of the reports display of the profile.

Creating a Report Profile

Click the Add Report Profile link to create a new report profile. You can click this link from the sub tab, the left navigation pane, or the My Reports section in the Reports tab.

 

Step 1: Select Devices and Filters
  1. For Report Profile Name, enter a unique name for the report profile.
  2. Select the 'Want to assign this profile to any 'Guest' privilege user' check box, if you want to assign this profile to a guest user to view. On selecting the check box, the drop down box containing the 'Guest' privilege users
  3. appears besides the selection. Select the specific user to whom you want to assign this profile to view. This option is useful for MSSPs and large enterprises, where the user demands a report and confirm the report profile solves the purpose.
  4. Select the devices (firewalls, squid, ...) to report on. If you want to report on all the devices sending logs to a specific syslog port, then select the Select All Devices check box.
  5. You can specify the filters on log data, in the section Choose the Filters. Follow the instructions available for Setting Log Filters to know more about operations on Include and Exclude filters.
  6. Click Next to continue to the next step of the wizard. Click Cancel to exit the wizard.
Step 2: Select Report Type and Schedule

 

This step lets you specify which reports to include as part of this report profile, and set up schedules to generate this report profile automatically.

  1. From the list of Available Reports, select the reports that you want to include in this report profile. All the pre-defined reports are listed, along with custom reports that you have previously set up. Below the Available Reports list, Add Add custom report link with icon is available to create custom report. Clicking the link, opens the Define New Report screen pops up.
    Look up Define New Report to know more about adding a new report to this list
  2. You can save the report in PDF and also can customize the PDF report by selecting the Customize images for PDF Reports , whereby you can provide your own Cover image (820 by 612 pixels) and Footer image (37 by 547 pixels).
  3. In the Schedule & Email Options section, choose the format of report to be Emailed using Send report as: PDF CSV radio buttons. Choose a Schedule Type to schedule this report to be automatically generated at specific time intervals. Choose from hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly schedules, or choose to run this report only once. For Daily, and Only once schedules, you can set the TimeFilter TimeFilter for Custom Hours, Only Working Hours, or Only NonWorking Hours.

    For the Daily schedules, if the option Run on Week Days is selected then the reports are run daily except on the weekends. For the Weekly or Monthly schedules, select the option Generate Report only for Week Days if you want to report on the events that occurred only on the week days and not report on events that occurred over the weekends.

    If the Email the Report option is checked, the scheduled report will be generated and emailed as PDF to the Mail Id that is provided. You can use comma "," separator for multiple mail ids.

     

    Warning You need to configure the mail server settings in Firewall Analyzer before setting up an email notification. You can do this from the Setup the Mail-Server Details link.

     

  4. Click Preview to see how this report will look like, once it is set up. Click Save to save this report profile under the My Reports section. Click Cancel to exit the wizard.
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