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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

Monitoring a system with report sets

Report sets are a collection of charts and tables (that is, reports) that provide an overall view of the health and performance of your service delivery chain. They can be configured to display a wide variety of metrics and data in a number of different formats. Report sets automatically refresh every five minutes to ensure that the most recently collected metrics are displayed.

The contents of the report set can be customized on the Edit Report Set page. This configuration page is accessed by clicking Edit when viewing a particular report set, or by clicking Monitoring > Customize Report Sets in the main menu. For more information, see Editing report sets.

As mentioned earlier, the report set you first see after logging in is that which is currently designated as the Home Page Report Set.

For more details, refer to these topics:

Interacting with report sets

Hyperlinks within individual reports in the report set allow you to drill down to view additional metrics and greater details for a particular resource.

By clicking links found in report sets, and increasing the level of detail at which you view information, you are essentially moving away from the report set itself, and working with one of the many metric view or metric analysis pages.

Clicking a chart legend entry or table element in a report set (left) navigates to its metric view page (right).

Viewing types of report sets

The report sets that are available by default represent a wide variety of perspectives that can be used to view data gathered by the appliance. Report sets can be classified into three main groups:

Business Report Sets. These reports provide high level views from the perspective of the business conducted on your sites.
System Report Sets. These reports provide system level perspectives (for example, back-end performance, and site performance summaries).
Diagnosis. These reports facilitate the diagnoses of system issues in real time (for example, slowest secure web pages, busiest web pages), and are further divided into subcategories.

This division exists to facilitate usability, and is represented in the Monitoring menu. Clicking a category displays a list of report sets in that group, and by clicking on a specific report sets title, you can view its contents.

Customizing report sets

By default, the types of report sets that are available cover a variety of queries. The structure of these reports (that is, from business, system, and diagnosis perspectives) adheres to a logical, but general breakdown. Since each user has their own respective motivations for monitoring different components of their service delivery chain, they can customize which report sets are displayed, and how they are grouped together.

When you customize lists of report sets, changes made only affect your user account, and other users are not affected by your actions. Use the Customize Reports Set page to modify your list of reports. Navigate to this page by clicking Monitoring > Customize Report Sets from the main menu.

The Customize Report Sets page allows you to view, edit, remove, and reorder reports. Any changes made are reflected immediately in the user interface; the next time you access reports from the Monitoring menu, or from a Report Set list, the displayed list reflects your changes.

Despite the wide variety of default report sets, some users may prefer to assemble their own, based on data they have an interest in monitoring. At the bottom of the Customize Reports page is the Add a Report Set link. For more information, see Customizing reports.

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