11.7. Using the Application Framework

Once your project has been created and initialized, devices have been added, user preferences have been set, and system settings have been defined, you are ready to run a report!

11.7.1. Logging In

All pages in App Framework require a valid login for access. Some, as described in Configuration require admin user permissions, but all others are accessible to any logged in user.

11.7.2. Running Reports

Choosing one of the reports under the “Reports” drop-down menu brings up a new page with a Criteria form. The elements contained in this form will vary from report to report, but typically it will include some combination of the following:

  • End Time - The date and time for all widgets in the report to end at. Some reports can have different time ranges for different widgets, but they will all end at the same time. The icons to the right of each box will update that element to the current value (date or time).
  • Filter Expression - Many reports include a filter expression for one of the included devices. A info icon should provide additional clarification of the type of expression that can be input here.
  • Device Selection - Each device used in the report will have a dropdown to choose the specific device instance to use. For example, many organizations have multiple Sharks installed, if each of those have been defined in the devices interface, then they will all be included as valid options in the NetShark dropdown field. Additionally, NetShark devices allow choosing the specific Capture Job to be used for that report.

After setting the criteria as desired (in many cases the defaults are fine), click run and several jobs will be kicked off on the server. You will see widget boxes appear with spinning icons while the jobs are processed and the data retrieved. As data becomes available for each widget it will update.