A brief video describing how to create reports from device summaries.
In this video, we're going to show you how to create a report from a device summary. This is more of a best practice than it is a real feature of a product but a lot of times there's no getting around having to go through the workflow of selecting your device, which object you'd like to graph, then the indicators, and then a bunch of reporting features. It would be really nice if a lot of that work were done for us and then we could fill in the gaps to customize the report as we see fit.
One way to do that is actually to leverage our device summaries here. What we can do is I can actually drill in to the device summary and get a lot of great information about how the device is doing. Now, it's not the most visually stunning representation of the data. It's meant to load fast and be very visually compact. What I'm able to do with this information is maybe I'm looking for a particular set of interfaces that I want to consistently show in a dashboard.
For example, our connection to our ISP. That's an important interface. With one click, actually get rid of any active tabs I have open, with one click, a new tab will open up and this has been broken out into a report item. If I wanted more granular data on any of the items I'm looking at, all I have to do is click on the icon for it. I can keep scrolling down, get more interfaces, more things I can potentially pull off into my active dashboard. I can do things like look at the storage mounts. I can also look at the memory, packet loss, maybe even ping time. Any of these items that I click on, I am actually bringing out into the active dashboard.
I could switch devices very easily, so let's reset the filters. Let's take a look at this device, and I can bring in maybe CPU information. One click, in comes the bottom of my active dashboard. I'm happy with the way this looks after rearranging it and adding mark-up items, and maybe adding some custom-made report attachments. All I need to do is double-click and then give it a new name and hit Save. That's one way you could create a report very quickly by leveraging the SevOne device summaries that come with every device that you're monitoring in the system.
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