Generate Custom Reports

You can configure custom reports that the firewall generates immediately (on demand) or on schedule (each night). To understand the selections available to create a purposeful custom report, see Custom Reports.
After the firewall has generated a scheduled custom report, you risk invalidating the past results of that report if you modify its configuration to change its future output. If you need to modify a scheduled report configuration, the best practice is to create a new report.
  1. Select
    Monitor
    Manage Custom Reports
    .
  2. Click
    Add
    and then enter a
    Name
    for the report.
    To base a report on an predefined template, click
    Load Template
    and choose the template. You can then edit the template and save it as a custom report.
  3. Select the
    Database
    to use for the report.
    Each time you create a custom report, a log view report is automatically created. This report show the logs that were used to build the custom report. The log view report uses the same name as the custom report, but appends the phrase (Log View) to the report name.
    When creating a report group, you can include the log view report with the custom report. For more information, see Manage Report Groups.
  4. Select the
    Scheduled
    check box to run the report each night. The report is then available for viewing in the
    Reports
    column on the side.
  5. Define the filtering criteria. Select the
    Time Frame
    , the
    Sort By
    order,
    Group By
    preference, and select the columns that must display in the report.
  6. (
    Optional
    )
    Select the
    Query Builder
    attributes if you want to further refine the selection criteria. To build a report query, specify the following and click
    Add
    . Repeat as needed to construct the full query.
    • Connector
      —Choose the connector (and/or) to precede the expression you are adding.
    • Negate
      —Select the check box to interpret the query as a negation. If, for example, you choose to match entries in the last 24 hours and/or are originating from the untrust zone, the negate option causes a match on entries that are not in the past 24 hours and/or are not from the untrust zone.
    • Attribute
      —Choose a data element. The available options depend on the choice of database.
    • Operator
      —Choose the criterion to determine whether the attribute applies (such as =). The available options depend on the choice of database.
    • Value
      —Specify the attribute value to match.
    For example, the following figure (based on the
    Traffic Log
    database) shows a query that matches if the Traffic log entry was received in the past 24 hours and is from the untrust zone.
    report_query_example.png
  7. To test the report settings, select
    Run Now
    . Modify the settings as required to change the information that is displayed in the report.
  8. Click
    OK
    to save the custom report.
    Examples of Custom Reports
    If you want to set up a simple report in which you use the traffic summary database from the last 30 days, and sort the data by the top 10 sessions and these sessions are grouped into 5 groups by day of the week. You would set up the custom report to look like this:
    custom-report-example1.PNG
    And the PDF output for the report would look as follows:
    custom-report-example1-output.png
    Now, if you want to use the query builder to generate a custom report that represents the top consumers of network resources within a user group, you would set up the report to look like this:
    create-custom-report.png
    The report would display the top users in the product management user group sorted by bytes.

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