Network Monitoring System Reports
IPHost Network Monitor provides various group and detailed reports and graphs, as well as logs. The monitoring system reports contain information necessary to trace resource utilization trends and to plan upgrades; besides, reports and logs provide the possibility to trace the results over a certain time period. Also, the reports can be used as an accounting basis for the administrators’ work results.
There are two ways to access monitoring reports in IPHost Network Monitor:
- Reports in Windows interface
The Windows UI (monitoring client) allows you to access detailed reports for monitors and summary reports for groups and categories. A reporting period can be any number of days and hours until now. The default report interval is 24 hours (one day) until current time. To adjust the report interval for the Windows UI select the Tools -> Settings menu or click the Settings button on the toolbar, then select the Reporting tab and set the required number of days and hours.
- Reports in Web interface
Apart from the Windows client UI, IPHost Network Monitor also has a Web interface. Its Reports tab allows to access additional types/forms of reports for any time interval. There are three panels: the contents of the left panel completely duplicates the monitoring client Tree View pane, the upper panel serves to select the report type and time interval, the remaining space is reserved to display a report itself. The Web interface copies the monitoring client behaviour: if a link within a report is clicked, then the report corresponding to this link is loaded, and the focus switches to the corresponding tree node (agent, host group, host or monitor) in the Tree View.
The IPHost Network Monitor provides four report types.
Summary report for a host group, host, monitor type or the entire system
This report provides summary data on the availability and performance for a selected group of monitors, host monitors, all the monitors of a selected monitor type or for the entire system. The pseudograph shows when a given monitor was in problem states. A summary report for a Remote Network Agent summarize the problems for all hosts and resources in the remote network segment and is useful to analyze and resolve them.
Summary report for a monitor
Although it has the same name it significantly differs in contents. The report presents detailed and practically complete information on the monitor’s availability and performance over a period of time.
It contains a Performance Graph, summary data on the monitor’s availability and performance (for a selected period and a previous period of the same duration), a states log (showing the state of the monitor during a selected period) and states summary information (showing how much time the monitor was in problem states and the percentage of the problem state time). For example, a traffic monitor performance graph shows how incoming traffic volume is distributed in time and can help you to optimize traffic-consuming processes on a given host.
The report provides comparative data on a monitor availability and performance. For each monitor you can see summary data for a selected period, for a previous period of the same duration and the difference between them. You can use this report to identify short or long-term trends in the monitors’ performance and availability.
It is useful to make sure the resource performance does not degrade in course of time. For example, a traffic speed monitor trend report might show that a host or subnet network utilization should be optimized due to daily increasing bandwidth consumption.
Shows summary information on availability and performance problems occurred during a specified time interval.
This kind of report is intended to draw you attention to the problems the monitoring service detected in your environment and to help you to resolve them. For example, repeating problems in a subnet network performance may indicate hostile activity, like a malware attack.
The log shows two kinds of messages for selected monitors:
- system messages (not monitor specific, shown in gray font);
- state changes and actions (the line is highlighted in the color corresponding to a state).
The messages in the log are ordered chronologically. The Web interface Report tab allows to select logs order by clicking on Order button on the upper panel.
The monitoring client shows logs for two days: yesterday and today. You can generate logs for any time interval on the Web interface Reports tab.
Receiving scheduled reports by e-mail
IPHost Network Monitor provides a possibility to automatically send reports for the last day/week/month for every monitor, host, host type or monitor type and for the entire system also. By default IPHost Network Monitor sends a Summary report for the last day for the entire system to the admin e-mail. You can specify additional addressees on the Settings -> Reporting tab.
You can configure sending reports for other entities (agent, host group, monitor type, host or monitor) on the entity Main Parameters tab in the monitoring client.
Other features description
|Monitoring Features||Here you can find the list of monitor types supported in IPHost Network Monitor and brief description of their parameters.|
|Network Discovery||Helps you to create a basis of your monitoring configuration and automates the task of detection network hosts and network services.|
|Alerting Features||Here you can find the list of alert types (ways of reaction to the problems happened during monitoring) available in
IPHost Network Monitor, and their brief description.
|IPHost Network Monitor interfaces
|Here you can find an overview of IPHost Network Monitor components, Windows and web interfaces.|