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The report tool presents a number of reports with information from your network. The report tool also links to the IP device center, to the “IP address scope - graphical view” and the services - graphical view.
Each NAV report is in essence an SQL query to the database. It shown its data in a number of columns. The data is in many cases also hyperlinks to other reports or other tools in NAV. The whole report system is highly configurable, the basis for the system is the configuration file report.conf. Details on the configuration is provides below.
An example report showing all your network equipment sorted by type:
From this report you can drill down on a particularly type and see the number of devices you have of this type. That will display another report (the netbox report) with more information on each device. From here you can go to other reports, i.e. a switch port report for a given switch, or a room showing equipment in a given room.
The IP device center is a dashboard for a given device showing relevant information. It presents recent events for the device, if any. If the device is a switch or router a switch port and/or router interface view is given.
For large networks the task of maintaining the total IP address scope may be a challenge in itself. It is useful to have an overview of all the subnets in operation, and whats more, how full they are, i.e. how many machines do they contain. NAV introduces a tabular view that gives an excellent overview on a single page:
This tool is quite simple and only useful if you use the NAV service monitor to an extent. It displays all servers and services in a matrix showing operational status.
As mentioned the report system is higly configurable, you can alter the configuration file report.conf. In NAV 3.4 we will strengthen the means of editing reports by adding support for local reports, see Task SMJ3.
Anyway more on report.conf