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A closer look at effective and efficient report management in Network Automation

A closer look at effective and efficient report management in Network Automation

MichaelProcopio

Guest post by Ashish Jain

 

HP Network Automation (NA) is a network change and configuration management tool. Report Management in NA is a distinguished feature which enables users to have control on their network/communication systems. It also helps users make critical business decisions because now they know the status of their system.

 

Reporting helps troubleshoot the issues occurring in the system so they can be resolved quickly.

 

You can experience the reporting capabilities of Network Automation for yourself FREE for 60 days with this product trial.

 

System Reports

 

NA provides useful reports which can be helpful for you to identify if any changes have been made in your network system or if there are any faulty devices which need their attention. It also offers many other reports including System Reports.

 

Here are a few reports that will help you get information about your system:

 

    1. If the user wants to see if there have been any configuration changes in a particular device NA provides reports which have pre-defined search criteria to fetch devices that have undergone configuration changes in last 12 hrs, 24 hrs , 48 hrs, last week or even last few months. It also explicitly checks or provides a list of devices where only a specific user has performed any configuration changes. This helps reduce your overhead by removing the necessity of having to go through the whole report unnecessarily when you know (or suspect) who made the change. Using this report you can identify any potential changes that have been made in device configuration. You can even compare the device’s present configuration with previous versions to precisely see the differences—in case you are seeing any recent issues.

       

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    2. There are reports available that showcase the device status, device information, device access information and device configuration which will tell you how to go forward with the device.

       

       

 

  1. Reports are available with the list of tasks failed and skipped tasks so you can rerun those particular tasks. It also lists tasks which need approval or have been approved. There are separate reports for listing the tasks which need urgent approval (within 24 hours) so you can pay attention to those tasks and approve immediately. There are also many other reports for task management.

 

User Reports

 

Network Automation also provides user with the flexibility to generate reports for their needed criteria. The user can create their own search criteria and the output of search criteria is presented in the report. You can then save this search criteria naming it as “XYZ report” and then in future just click on this report which is shown in “User Reports” to see the runtime output in the form of the report.

 

You can also mark this report as personal or a system report so that other users can access the same search criteria so the report is available to all the users under System Reports. This capability enables admins to create reports for frequently used searches that are accessible for all other users to see.

 

 

Network Status report

 

You can perform actions in advance to minimize the risk by having a look at the Network Status report. With this report you are informed of:

  • Devices or device group that needs attention
  • Devices that are at highest risk or which are at lower risk
  • Devices that can be ignored (in case the user cannot act on all devices)

 

The Network Status report provides view of network configuration, health and compliance using predefined risk criteria. The status of the network is based on highest risk condition of any group in network. The three risk conditions are Red – being Highest, Yellow -- being moderate and Green – lowest risk.

 

 

 

Best Practices Report

 

There are cases where a user changes the configuration of devices and then it shows that the configuration is not proper or that a device is having issues or is not accessible. In this case, you can generate a Best Practice report which lists out the devices which have undergone configuration changes within the past 24 hours.

 

This also shows the devices which have a mismatch of their Startup vs. Running Configuration. You can even view the differences in configurations to check if you want to revert the changes to the original configuration. Additionally this report shows the devices or groups which have non-compliance with “Policy Rule Violations” and “Software Level Violation”. If there are no devices in non-compliance with these rules it shows as Green.       

 

 

 

Device Status Report

 

The Device Status Report is run for all of the devices in the network. If the user wants to know about a single device and which non-compliance error it is having, this allows the user to take corrective measures for that particular non-compliance for that particular device which is shown under the High risk category then you can get the “Device Status Report”.

 

 

 

Statistics Dashboard Report

 

Lastly most important is “Statistics Dashboard report” which gives summary of network and device status.

 

This report helps you to know which are frequently used devices, Top 5 vendors or number of devices being used by these vendors. Which are the most used OS versions, the most accessed devices so that they have high attention on them and are frequently monitored to check that there should not be any issues or failures with such devices so as to have vendor satisfaction.

 

It also provides the history of configuration changes which helps you to have a tap where the configuration would have gone wrong in case any issue occurs.

 

 

 

The reports in Network Automation offer a one-stop place to know the entire status of your network system/devices which helps you to have proper control on your network system and helps the user to make decisions/take actions on various devices to have best fit solution for any issues or failures occurring in their network/communication system.

 

To learn more about the reporting capabilities of Network Automation visit the product page here.   

 

 

 

 

About the author: Ashish Jain has been in the HP NMC team for over 8 years with experience in testing different products in the NMC portfolio like OVPI and NA. He has been working with the CPE QA team. He is responsible for End to End Patch testing. Currently working in NA CPE team. He also has experience working with NPS/Metric SPI.

 

Ashish Jain has Bachelor of Engineering(B.Tech) degree from Amravati University, Maharashtra, India.

 

 

 

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Comments
New Member.

Good content!

New Member.

Nicely done, Ashish - great article!

Super Contributor.

good overivew of NA reports.

Contributor.

Ashish - A very nice article on Network Automation Report:)

 

N/A

NIce Article Ashish. NIce explaination and detail

New Member.

Nice Job and Nice Article Mr Ashish.

N/A

 Good information on reports on Network automation. Do you have a automated task that can send(email) a report to the predefined set of users on a predefined frequency that would help the administrator manage the devices without even going into the system and knowing if there is any change in the systemm proactively. 

New Member.

Hi Nimesh,

Thanks for the comment !

Answer to your question

Yes, we have the feature of Email report for each kind of report. Even for user report where admin can just create a report for predefined criteria for all the devices and their status can create a task /template to Email this report.

User can schedule this email functionality starting from the day to reoccur periodically, daily or weekly or only once.

Also user can mention the emails ids of all the recipients separated by commas which are intended to receive this report via email.

NA also provides flexibility to have report in different formats like HTML format, CSV attached file or plain text etc.

 

Thanks,

Ashish

N/A

Neatly explaind with screenshots, which give more understanding to reader. Nice Job Ashish.

New Member.

Nice Blog Ashish