Reporting in SolarWinds LEM Reports


This video provides an overview of SolarWinds
Log & Event Manager reports. The reports console is a stand-alone
reporting application that you can use to run several pre-configured reports
against the data on your LEM database. This application is broken down into two
distinct views. There’s a View tab, which we see here
where you can view the details of a report and there’s also a Settings tab. The Settings tab is the default start-up
view for LEM reports and this is where you can see the list
of all of the reports that are available to you. Threre are about 250
reports available here and you can refine this list of reports by using the
Category drop-down menu. Standard reports will show you all of
the reports available. Industry reports will show you filtered view of only the reports relevant to your industry. To manage this
view, use the Manage button next to the Category menu and select Manage Categories. From here, you can check the industries and audits that are particularly
interesting to you and then click Ok. This will give you a list of all of the
reports that are associated with the industries or audits selected on the
previous view. Once set, these settings will be saved for any
future use of the reports console. The next category is Custom Reports, which is where you’ll see any reports
that you customized using the Reports console. Finally, the Favorites view is very
similar to the Industry Reports view, but this is where you can define the
reports that you like to run a regular basis and want quick access to. To add a reporter favorites simply right-click on it any one of the other reports views and select Add Report to Favorites. Another noteworthy thing about the
Reports listing is that it is broken down into three
different levels. Those are Master, Detail and Top. Master level reports will show you all
of the data available for that type of report. You can think of it as a sort of parent-
level category. This report, for example, will show us all
of the authentication related data on our database for the specified time period. These can be quite large so we recommend
running these on a scheduled basis rather than running them as needed. The next type of report is a detailed level report and this level takes the information
from the master level reports and focuses in on a specific subset of data. For example, for this report were still
seeing authentication related data but were only seeing failed authentications. Finally, top-level reports will show you only the top number of
a certain type of event. These are very similar to detail-level
reports but they allow you to refine even closer to what you’re looking for. Once you find a report that you’d like
to run all you have to do is click the Run button on the navigation menu and you’ll be prompted by a dialogue
that asks you to set the start time, end time and then TopN if appropriate. The TopN is only needed for top-level reports and that defines the top member of
occurrences that you wish to see. You can also view report properties which will give
you a definition of the report, schedule reports and open reports from the Settings tab. Once you’ve opened or run a report, you’ll be able to view
the report on the view tab of the Reports console. There are several ways to navigate a
report using the View tab, one of which is the subtopic pane on
the left-hand side. The nodes on this pane can be expanded to show you all of the different sub
headings within the report. This can be used to get a good idea
about what the report contains and it can also be used for navigational
purposes. When you click on any one of the sub
headings you’ll be taken immediately to that section of the report. To zoom in, use the Zoom menu here. And you can even filter your report
using Select Expert. Finally, you can also export reports to
save them or e-mail them out to somebody else on your team. Exporting reports allows you to do so in
several different formats including PDF and CSV. For more information about working with
the Reports console or any other component of your LEM implementation, check
out our other videos or visit us at www.SolarWinds.com.

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