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Foglight Experience Monitor 5.8.1 - User Guide

Installing and configuring Multi-appliance clusters Configuring the appliance Specifying monitored web traffic Transforming monitored URLs Managing applications Foglight components and the appliance Using the console program Troubleshooting the appliance Appendix: Third party software Monitoring the user experience Customizing reports The alarm system Integrating the appliance SOAP-based web services

Adding an HTTP Fault Log

When you click Add HTTP Fault Log at the bottom of the Edit Report Set page, you are given the opportunity to create an alarm report that is included in the report set. Clicking the link takes you to the Edit Report Set > HTTP Fault Log page.

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Select the fault type in the Response Code box. Select All to display all types of faults generated by the any alarm definition.
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In the Server box you can search for faults that occurred on a specific server.
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In the Hit box you can search for hits that caused an HTTP error. A hit is uniquely identified by the URL used in the request.
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Select an option from the Time Period box (1, 2, 4, 12, or 24 hours).
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In the Number of Faults field, enter the number of alarms that is present in the report.

Report sets

A Report Set page displays the contents of a selected report. You can display a different report set by selecting it from the Report drop-down list. The report sets in the list are organized by category.

Click the Edit Report Set this link to modify the contents of the report set. Individual reports may be added, removed, modified or rearranged to appear in any order.

Click any Edit links on the individual reports to modify their contents. This hyperlink provides convenient access to the same report settings that are available through the Edit Report Set link.

Some of the legend and table elements in this display are hyperlinks that will drill-down into the particular item. This page will refresh once every five minutes in order to display the most recent data.

In the context of monitoring and analyzing data, the paths that can be taken through the interface are numerous and at times, self-referential. This reflects the interconnected nature of all objects and actions along the service delivery chain that are watched and measured by the appliance. The user interface is structured to facilitate both interactive exploration of data, as well as detailed and focused examination of specific data.

Whether viewing report sets, or analyzing or viewing metrics, you have access to lists of hierarchically similar reports through the interface, which allow users to move laterally to them. Additionally, report sets are entitled with a description and hyperlink trail, the latter ensures users do not lose their place the deeper they move into the data during an analysis session.

Figure 135. Choosing a report

When viewing report sets (left), viewing metrics, or analyzing metrics (right), other report sets and metric views are clearly labelled, and can easily be viewed.

Adding analysis charts

When you click Add Analysis Chart while editing a report set, the Edit Report Set > Analysis Chart page is displayed.

In the Definition section, configure how the analysis chart is displayed in the Report to which it is being added.

Give the chart a meaningful name in the Title box. This name appears in the caption of the Report when it is displayed.

In the Definition section, configure how the analysis chart is displayed in the Report to which it is being added.

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Give the chart a meaningful name in the Title box. This name appears in the caption of the Report when it is displayed.
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The Time Frame box allows you to select the predefined time frame that the report utilizes. See also Time Frames in Which Metrics Are Viewed in the Foglight Experience Monitor Metric Reference Guide.

You can specify a threshold line that appears in red on the chart. This is useful if you have a predetermined reference point for a metric that you wish to make visually apparent on the chart.

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In the Analysis Criteria section, select Choose Metric to display the Metrics List window (for a review of the Metric List, see Choosing a metric to add to a report). When a metric is chosen, its name appears in the Metric box.
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For categories that support grouping, an additional Group box may appear. For example, the Site, Page, Hit, and Content Type categories are grouped by protocol: Web (HTTP) and Secure Web (HTTPS). In these cases, select one of the groups from the box.
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The Additional Filter box allows you to further refine your analysis.
By default, no additional filter is enabled, but you may choose to use a Regular expression to restrict results (for example, select x from y where REGEXP “mysearch”), or use the Choose Resource option to find a specific resource whose relationship with the metric can be used to refine results (for example, if the metric is from the Page category, select a specific web site as a resource to restrict pages used in the Report to just that site).
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When you have completed defining and modifying the contents of the analysis chart, click OK. Doing so returns you to the main Edit Report Set page, where you can continue to add other reports.

Auto-discovery for variables and parameters

Rather than entering variable names manually, you can choose the auto-discovery links and have the system generate lists of variables that currently appear in the monitored network traffic.

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Click Stop at any point to cancel the search, and use the list that has been compiled up to that point.

Displays the name of the variable. You can select its check box and then click Add to include it in a new variable rule.

A high value (number) in this column means that there are many different values that appear for the variable.

The number of times that the variable was found in the traffic.

The number of unique values of the variable found in the traffic.

Displays up to three of the most utilized values for the variable. Each variable is no more than ten characters in length.

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Click Add.

If you are monitoring SharePoint servers, you can automatically populate the list of variable and query rules by clicking Apply on the Configure > Applications > SharePoint page. After the SharePoint monitoring is enabled the list of default variables appears in the variable rules sections.

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