Network Performance Report

To view a Network Performance report using this page, do the following:

  1. Select the Network Performance option from the Operational Reports node of the REPORTS BY FUNCTION tree. Figure 1 then appears.

    Figure 1 : Providing the report specifications

  2. Administrators of large IT infrastructures, which are characterized by hundreds of components, may find it difficult to pick and choose the components for which a report is to be generated; this is because, in such environments, the Components list in this page will be populated with a large number of components, which would naturally make component selection tough. To enable administrators of such environments to quickly locate the components of interest to them and swiftly generate the reports, eG Enterprise provides an Analyze By list that consists of a variety of filter options. By default, the Component option is chosen from this list (see Figure 1) - this indicates that all the managed components of a chosen type will be available for selection in the Components list by default. In addition to this, the Analyze By list provides the following filter options as well:

    • Service: If the component for which reports are to be generated is involved in the delivery of a particular service, then pick this option from the Analyze By list. Doing so will invoke a Service list from which a service name is to be chosen (see Figure 2). Upon selection of a service, the component types that are part of the service will populate the Component Type list in this page. Once you pick a component type, all components of that type, which are engaged in the delivery of the chosen service, will be displayed as candidates for selection in the Components list. If there are still too many components in the list to choose from, you can narrow your search further by using the Search text box. Specify the whole/part of the component name to search for in this text box, and click the icon next to it. The Components list will then be populated with all component names that embed the specified search string. Select the component of your choice from this list.

      Figure 2 : Selecting the Service option from the Report for list

    • Segment: If the components for which a report is to be generated is part of a segment, pick the Segment option from the Analyze By list. Then, select the segment of interest to you from the Segment list (see Figure 3). This will populate the Component Type list with the types of components that are part of the chosen segment. If you select a component type from the Component Type list, then, all components of that type, which are part of the chosen segment, will be displayed in the Components list for selection. If there are still too many components in the list to choose from, you can narrow your search further by using the Search text box. Specify the whole/part of the component name to search for in this text box, and click the icon next to it. The Components list will then be populated with all component names that embed the specified search string. Select the component of your choice from this list.

      Figure 3 : Selecting the Segment option from the Report for list

    • Zone: If the components for which a report is to be generated is part of a zone, pick the Zone option from the Analyze By list (see Figure 4). To include sub-zones also in your search for components, set the Include SubZones flag to Yes. Then, select the zone of interest to you from the Zone list. This will populate the Component type list with the types of components that are part of the chosen zone. If you select a component type from the Component type list, then, all components of that type, which are part of the chosen zone, will be displayed in the Components list for selection. If there are too many components in the list to choose from, you can narrow your search further by using the Search text box. Specify the whole/part of the component name to search for in this text box, and click the icon next to it. The Components list will then be populated with all component names that embed the specified search string. Select the component of your choice from this list.

      Figure 4 : Selecting the Zone option from the Report for list

  3. If the Components list consists of too many components, then viewing all the components and selecting the ones you need for report generation could require endless scrolling. To avoid this, you can click the button next to the Components list. The COMPONENTS pop up window will then appear using which you can view almost all the components in a single interface and select the ones to be included in the report.
  4. Then, select the period (Timeline) for which the graph is to be generated (see Figure 1). You can either provide a fixed time line such as 1 hour, 2 days, etc., or select the Any option from the list to provide a From and To date/time for report generation.

    Note:

    For every user registered with the eG Enterprise system, the administrator can indicate the maximum timeline for which that user can generate a report. Once the maximum timeline is set for a user, then, whenever that user logs into eG Reporter and attempts to generate a report, the Timeline list box in the report page will display options according to the maximum timeline setting of that user. For instance, if a user can generate a report for a maximum period of 3 days only, then 3 days will be the highest option displayed in the Timeline list - i.e., 3 days will be the last option in the fixed Timeline list. Similarly, if the user chooses the Any option from the Timeline list and proceeds to provide a start date and end date for report generation using the From and To specifications, eG Enterprise will first check if the user's Timeline specification conforms to his/her maximum timeline setting. If not, report generation will fail. For instance, for a user who is allowed to generate reports spanning over a maximum period of 3 days only, the difference between the From and To dates should never be over 3 days. If it is, then, upon clicking the Run Report button a message box will appear, prompting the user to change the From and To specification.

  5. In addition to the settings discussed above, this report comes with a set of default specifications. These settings are hidden by default. If you do not want to disturb these default settings, then you can proceed to generate the report by clicking the Run Report button soon after you pick one/more Components for report generation. However, if you want to view and then alter these settings (if required), click on the button. The More Options (see ) drop down window will then appear. The steps below discuss each of these settings and how they can be customized.

    Figure 5 : The MORE OPTIONS drop down window for generating a Network Performance report

  6. From , select the type of report to be generated from the Report Type list box. The options available are:

    • Measure: Select this option if measurement values for different metrics have to be plotted with time of day. 
    • Summary: Select this option to plot the service level achievements of different metrics during a designated period. When this option is chosen, a Duration list will appear with the following options:

      • Hourly Summary: This option, when chosen, highlights the service levels of different measurements (i.e. the % of time a measurement was in compliance with its threshold) on an hourly basis.
      • Daily Summary: This option, when chosen, highlights the service levels of different measurements (i.e. the % of time a measurement was in compliance with its threshold) on a daily basis.
      • Monthly Summary: This option, when chosen, highlights the service levels of different measurements (i.e. the % of time a measurement was in compliance with its threshold) on a monthly basis.
    • Trend: Selecting this option will enable you to plot the trend values of different metrics computed over a period of time. Past trends in performance can be analyzed and accordingly, the future operational capacity of the targets can be planned using this report. If you select Trend as the Report type, a Graph Type list will appear. The Graph Type options are as follows:

      • Min/Max : Select this option to generate a report that plots the minimum and maximum values registered by different metrics during a specified timeline.
      • Avg: Select this option to generate a report that plots the average values computed for various metrics during a specified timeline.
      • Sum:  Select this option to generate a report that plots the sum of the values of a measure during a specified timeline.
  7. The speed with which a report is generated depends primarily on the report Timeline. While a Timeline that varies between a couple of days to a week enables the eG Enterprise system to quickly retrieve the required data, timelines that span multiple weeks/months could slow-down the data retrieval and report generation process to a considerable extent, owing to the volume of data involved. In order to ensure quick and easy access to reports, eG Enterprise provides you the option of enabling data retrieval from the Trend information in the database, instead of the Detailed test information that is used by default for report generation. The Detailed test information base comprises of multiple measurement records for a test - one or more each for every test execution. Whereas, the Trend information includes only hourly, daily, and monthly summary computations for a test performed on a continuous basis. For instance, during a period of 1 hour, a test that runs every 5 minutes inserts atleast 12 records into the Detailed test information base. On the other hand, the Trend information base would consist of only 1 record for the same 1 hour period. Fewer the number of records, query execution becomes much quicker, and data retrieval faster. By default, the Detailed option is selected against the Show Data field in indicating that the report data is retrieved from the detailed test information in the database by default. To enable the usage of trend data for report generation, select the Trend option against Show Data. If need be, you can also ensure that all reports always use the Detailed test tables alone by hiding the Show Data field from the reporter interface. To achieve this, do the following:

    • Login to the eG administrative interface as 'admin'.
    • Select the Manager option from the Settings tile that appears when the icon against the Admin tab is clicked.
    • From the GENERAL SETTINGS page that then appears, if you set the Compute average/sum of metrics while trending flag to No, then the Show Data field will not appear in the reporter interface; this denies users access to the Trend option, and thus ensures that reports are always generated using the Detailed tables.
  8. In large environments, reports generated using months of data can take a long time to complete. Administrators now have the option of generating reports on-line or in the background. When a report is scheduled for background generation, administrators can proceed with their other monitoring, diagnosis, and reporting tasks, while the eG manager is processing the report. This saves the administrator valuable time. To schedule background processing of a report, select the Background Save - PDF option from the Report Generation list. In this case, a Report Name text box will appear, where you would have to provide the name with which the report is to be saved in the background. To process reports in the foreground, select the Foreground Generation - HTML option from this list.

    Note:

    • The Report Generation list will appear only if the EnableBackgroundReport flag in the [BACKGROUND_PROCESS] section of the eg_report.ini file (in the {EG_INSTALL_DIR}\manager\config directory) is set to Yes.
    • The default selection in the Report Generation list will change according to the Timeline specified for the report. If the Timeline set is greater than or equal to the number of days specified against the MinDurationForReport parameter in the [BACKGROUND_PROCESS] section of the eg_report.ini file, then the default selection in the Report Generation list will be Background. On the other hand, if the Timeline set for the report is lesser than the value of the MinDurationForReport parameter, then the default selection in the Report Generation list will be Foreground. This is because, the MinDurationForReport setting governs when reports are to be processed in the background. By default, this parameter is set to 2 weeks - this indicates that by default, reports with a timeline of 2 weeks and above will be processed in the background.
  9. Finally, click on the Run Report button to generate the graph. If the option chosen from the Report Generation list is Foreground Generation - HTML, then, clicking on the Run Report button will invoke Figure 6.

    Figure 6 : Generating a Detailed Network Performance Measure Report

  10. To enable trend table usage, select Trend from Show Data, provide a report Timeline, and click the Run Report button. In this case, Figure 7 will appear.

    Figure 7 : Generating a Network Measure Report using Trend data

    Note:

    • A Trend report will not include the data for the current day since trend data is only computed at the end of the day.
    • If the Trend option is chosen, the time period of the report should be greater than 1 day.
    • The usage of Detailed test tables for generating reports, especially those that span weeks, increases the stress on the eG database, thus resulting in undue delays in report generation. In order to ensure that the database is not choked by requests for voluminous data, you can configure eG Enterprise to automatically "force" the use of the Trend option if the Timeline of a report exceeds a pre-configured duration. To specify this time boundary, do the following: 

      • Edit the eg_report.ini file in the <EG_INSTALL_DIR>\manager\config directory.
      • In the [MISC] section of the file, you will find a DetailedTime parameter.
      • Specify the duration (in days) beyond which Detailed reports cannot be generated, against the DetailedTime parameter, and save the eg_report.inifile. 

        For instance, to make sure that Detailed reports are disallowed for a Timeline of over 2 weeks, set the DetailedTime parameter to 14 and save the file.

      • Say, subsequently, you attempt to generate a Detailed report for a Fixed Timeline of 3 weeks (which is greater than the 14-day limit set in our example). The instant you select the 3 weeks option from the Fixed list box, the Detailed option gets automatically disabled, and the Trend option gets enabled. Similarly, if you specify an Any Timeline that runs over 14 days, then, upon clicking the Run Report button to generate the report, the following message box appears informing you that only the Trend option is permitted.

        Figure 8 : A message stating that only the Trend option is supported for the given Timeline

      • To proceed with the Trend report generation, click the OK button in Figure 8 To terminate Trend report generation, click the Cancel button. 
  11. Figure 6 and Figure 7 reveal the measure reports for the Network availability, Packet loss, Avg network delay and Min network delay measures associated with Network Test. While the Network-Measure report configuration specific to the host 192.168.10.8 includes all the above-mentioned measures, the default configuration includes the Avg network delay and Min network delay measures only. If specific report configurations exist for a chosen component, then they will override the default configurations. Therefore, Figure 6 displays only the reports specific to component 192.168.10.8.
  12. Similarly, if no user/site/application/host-specific reports have been configured, then the default configurations will apply automatically. Since no Network-Summary reports have been configured specifically for the host 192.168.10.8, the default configuration will come into play. Accordingly,Figure 9 , Figure 10 and Figure 11, display the default network summary graphs for the measures Avg network delay, Min network delay, Availability, and Packet loss. For more details on configuring specific Network-Measure and Network-Summary reports, refer to Section Specific Reports .

    Figure 9 : A sample Daily Summary report

    Figure 10 : A sample Hourly Summary report

    Note:

    The Hourly Summary graph plots measurement data pertaining to a maximum duration of 24 hours. Therefore, even if the Timeline specified exceeds 1 day, the graph will report data for 24 hours only.

    Figure 11 : A sample Monthly Summary report

    Note:

    Since summary graphs can be generated using the Trend information base only, the Show Data field disappears if the Report Type is set to any of the following: Daily Summary, Hourly Summary, or Monthly Summary.

    Figure 12 : The list of values that have been plotted on a particular graph

  13. Now, to enlarge the graphs displayed in the network report page (see Figure 6), click on them. Upon clicking, another window will appear wherein the enlarged graph will be displayed (see Figure 13).

    Figure 13 : An enlarged graph

  14. When the enlarged report has a measure for which the detailed diagnosis capability has been enabled, then a diagnosis button will also appear. Click on the diagnosis button to view the detailed diagnosis of that measure for the chosen Timeline (see Figure 14).

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    Figure 14 : The detailed diagnosis of the measure associated with the enlarged graph

  15. On the other hand, if the Background Save - PDF option is chosen from the Report Generation list, then clicking on the Run Report button will not generate the report and display it in this page for your benefit. Instead, a message indicating that the report is being processed in the background will appear. This will be accompanied by a link that will lead you to the page that lists all the reports that are being processed in the background, and their current status. If background report generation fails for a report, you can regenerate that report using this page, or can even delete that report if need be. On the other hand, if background processing successfully completes for your report, then, you can view a PDF of the report by clicking on the PDF icon in that page.