Net LineDancer provides several types of useful and informative reports on the devices. You can run it from the menu at any time, and it can be
scheduled to run automatically.
Figure 3.8.1: The Report tools are available under Reports sub menu.
We provides the following eight types of reports.
Inventory Report shows the hostname, IP address, model, OS version and serial number of the devices, as well as the date the last backup was
performed on the device.
Configuration Change Report shows change history and details of configurations changed during specified period for the devices.
Software Summary shows OS information of all devices in Device View.
Network Hardware Summary shows pie charts where each color corresponds to a device hardware vendor and a device type (firewall, router or switch).
Hardware Report shows the hardware chassis information including type, slot, and serial numbers for the devices.
Hardware Change Report shows the change history and the detailed status of hardware, whose configuration is changed during the specified period.
Backup Summary shows the backup status summary. Number of successes and failures are summarized into a pie chart. Simple descriptions of
failures are listed in the bottom of the report if any.
Protocol and Credentials shows the summaries of protocols and credentials used for all the devices in Device View.
3.8.1 Issuing a Report Manually
You can run the tool whenever you would like to issue a report. There are two kinds of reports, where the former summarizes all devices on the Inventory,
while the latter can be issued on the selected device/s.
Reports summarized on all devices Reports that can be issued on each device
Network Hardware Summary Inventory Report
Protocols and Credentials Configuration Change
Hardware Change Report
Assume we are trying to issue an Inventory Report, written in bold in the table above. Select the devices you want to include in the report in Device
View. If you plan to include all devices, leave everything unselected.
If no devices are selected and the report is designed for summarizing the data on individual device, the following confirmation pops up.
Please be careful when the number of devices is large, because building a quite large report may require significant amount of CPU power and the server may hung up.
Select a report format to issue and click on the OK button.
Reporting does not automatically fetch the latest information from the devices. If you need the latest information to be included, perform a backup
prior to the execution.
3.8.2 Scheduling the Reports
netLD has a feature which schedules a periodical report and e-mails the result to the administrator. The schedule can be configured in Job tab → New
Job → Report. Now, assume we are trying to issue an Inventory Report. Create a new report.
Enter the name and the comment of the job, then select the desired report type from the drop
down list, now it is Inventory Report. Click on the OK button.
A new tab opens in the status pane. In the Email Notification sub tab, select the report format out of HTML and PDF.
Enter the recipients in To and Cc fields. Use a space as a separator between email addresses when entering more than one. You need to setup an SMTP server to make this feature work. See Sec. 5.2.3 for details.
Using the tab-switching technique (described previously in Sec. 3.7. p.92), add the devices to the Devices Sub tab in the status pane.
Set a trigger with the date and repetition cycle to issue the report. Details are described in Sec. 3.7, p.92.
Finally, do not forget to click on the button to save the job.
Once saved, reports are e-mailed automatically. See Sec. 3.7, p.92 for more details about setting the schedules.