How to set up a WAN analysis dashboard for your remote sites

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You can add a new dashboard to your LANGuardian system to aid with WAN traffic analysis.

The WAN analysis dashboard focuses on the traffic to and from your remote locations. In real time, you will see what applications are flowing on the links together with some analysis of activity across your sites.

Before you create the dashboard, you need to setup some custom reports and trends which will populate this dashboard.

How to setup a WAN Analysis Dashboard for your remote sites:

Step 1. Customization features allows you to enter your report variables, where you can define subnet ranges for each WAN site. Create Report Variables to identify all of your remote site offices. For example, label the subnet 192.168.127.0/23,192.168.127.0/16 as ‘New York. These values are then available for use in report drop down filters and dashboards. If you have lots of remote sites, report variables will be very useful. Going forward, as you make changes to your subnets, any reports or trends that are using that variable will be automatically updated.

Step 2. Setup a custom trend to focus on traffic to and from a subnet and you can click on the peaks if you see anything unusual.
1.          Select All Reports / Applications : Top Protocols
2.          Select the Source IP / Subnet ‘NewYork’
3.          Run Report
4.          Click Actions and then Trend Report
5.          Set the name of the trend

Step 3. Setup a custom report to get an overview of the network, show the top protocols being used on the link and how much bandwidth the protocols are consuming on the WAN.
1.          Select All Reports / Applications : Top Protocols
2.          Select the Source IP / Subnet ‘NewYork’
3.          Run Report
4.          Click Actions and then Save as
5.          Set the name and description of the custom report

Step 4. Setup a custom report to see what users are consuming the most bandwidth.
1.          Select All Reports / Bandwidth : Top Users
2.          Select the Source IP / Subnet ‘NewYork'
3.          Run Report
4.          Click Actions and then Save as
5.          Set the name and description of the custom report

Step 5. Setup a custom report to show what are the Top Website Domains being accessed on the WAN and the amount of bandwidth associated with each domain.
1.          Select All Reports / Web : Top Website Domains
2.          Select the Source IP / Subnet ‘NewYork’
3.          Run Report
4.          Click Actions and then Save as
5.          Set the name and description of the custom report e.g. Top Website Domains on the New York Link

Step 6. Add a proxy analysis report, if there are proxy servers in use on the network. If a proxy server exists on the network then some of the traffic on the WAN links may be associated with clients connecting to internet sites.
1.          Select All Reports / Web : Top Proxy Client IPs
2.          Select the Source IP / Subnet ‘NewYork’
3.          Run Report
4.          Click Actions and then Save as
5.          Set the name and description of the custom report
 
Step 7. Setup a Top File Share Servers report; if you use Microsoft file share on your network some of this traffic may be visible on WAN links. The report displays the top fileservers, files being accessed and bandwidth being consumed on the WAN.
1.          Select All Reports / Windows File Shares : Top File Share Servers
2.          Select the Source IP / Subnet ‘NewYork’
3.          Run Report
4.          Click Actions and then Save as
5.          Set the name and description of the custom report

In summary you need to complete these steps to monitor traffic to/from a remote site.

So, if a WAN on your network is slow or congested, you can identify the problem very quickly with your WAN analysis dashboard.

​Should you have any questions on any aspect of LANGuardian, please feel free to contact us at any time on support@netfort.com
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