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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

Using the web console

The web console employs an intuitive layout that allows you to explore a variety of paths in order to locate the information most important to you. Users need to be familiar with the browser-based user interface. The web console allows users to perform some administrative tasks specific to their account but it is primarily designed to facilitate analysis and reporting of data collected by the appliance.

The capabilities of the web console are accessible from the program's main menu.

For more details, refer to these topics:

Logging in

When a user first logs in, they are presented with a default report set. This report set is also accessible by selecting Home in the main menu.


After logging in, the user is always taken to their default report set.

The contents of the default report set can be customized by clicking Edit Report Set. For more information, see Customizing reports.

Navigation

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 3. Navigation

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.

Web console interface

The elements of the user interface outlined thus far constitute the framework within which you can monitor and analyze data. The remainder of this current chapter, and the next chapter offer a more in-depth look at these functions.

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