Configuring and Generating Reports

EMCO Ping Monitor is designed to work in the 24/7 mode to monitor the status of network connections. The program sends notifications of various events, but you need to have a connection performance report to analyze the connection status for the monitoring period. Ping Monitor can generate reports automatically on a regular basis in different formats, so you can easily analyze the performance of the monitored network connections.

You can manage reports in the Reports view, which is located by default under the Hosts Browser view. When the Reports view is opened, you can see that you can create two types of reports: summary and detailed reports. What is the difference between these report types?

  • A summary report includes only the general uptime and response time statistics for the hosts encompassed by the report. This type of report represents all the data as a simple grid.
  • A detailed report includes detailed information on the uptime and response time for all the hosts encompassed by the report. The report includes charts and numeric statistics. The included data is similar to the information represented in the Details view.

Both summary and detailed reports can be configured using the same procedure. To create a new report, you can perform the corresponding action available in the Ribbon menu, or on the Reports view toolbar, or in the context menu. To configure a report, you need to specify its recurrence options, the hosts to be included into the report, and the output format. As the first step of the report configuring, you need to specify the report name and the recurrence options for the report generation. You can generate a report manually on demand or set it up for a daily automatic generation, for example Pic 1.

Configuring the report recurrence options

Pic 1. Configuring the report recurrence options

You also need to configure the hosts to be included into the report. One report can include information on either a single host or multiple hosts, so you can specify the hosts and the groups to be included into the report on the Members tab Pic 2.

Configuring the report members

Pic 2. Configuring the report members

Finally, you need to configure the report format. The program can generate a report in different formats and save it in the report storage (a local or FTP folder) and/or send it by e-mail. If you decide to send a report by e-mail, you can specify custom recipients for every report; otherwise, all reports will be sent to the e-mail addresses configured in the Preferences. If you decide to save a report in the report storage, you can specify the file format and the file naming conversion Pic 3 and optionally configure the report uploading to an FTP server. The last option is useful if you would like to upload reports to a web server on a regular basis automatically and to review them online.

Configuring the report format options

Pic 3. Configuring the report format options

Once reports are created, you can see them in the Reports view. You can select a report and generate it manually if it's configured for generation on demand, or you can use the option to show the report storage and see the reports generated automatically Pic 4.

Configuring the report format options

Pic 4. Browsing the reports generated automatically

EMCO Ping Monitor automatically generates all reports at a required time according to the report recurrence settings. You can create as many reports as you need for the same host with different recurrence settings. For example, you can create a detailed report Pic 5 for a host generated every day and every week to see the daily and weekly statistics.

A detailed host report in the PDF format

Pic 5. A detailed host report in the PDF format

By default, the reports include a reference to the program that generated them in the header or the footer. You can change that and include your branding information by modifying the settings in the Preferences > Reports Customization dialog.