Device Status Report Cards provide live-feed reports of a monitored device or a group of devices. A status report card provides a summary of the device(s), the current status of the device(s), as well as the historical statistics of the device(s) performance and uptime.
The status report card can be shared with other users on the Internet by copying and pasting the unique GUID-based URL into an email or other document. By default, all users on the Internet can access the status report card via the unique GUID-based URL.
Unique URLs that are generated for each status report card are secured by several means (discussed below), and unless specifically exposed by the service owner, are unavailable to the general public. You can check and change your dashboard Access mode under Reports > Shareable Report Cards.
Once a status report card is enabled, it is assigned a global unique identifier (GUID), for example, “B5BB0BEEA67E47648F27B5F634EDD75C”. This randomized GUID makes it virtually impossible to find the status report unless it is specifically shared, or published, where it can be viewed.
You can restrict access to the report card so only users of your Dotcom-Monitor account will be able to open the URL and view the report card data. To allow only authenticated users to view the report, select the Users in Your Organization access option in the Access section upon configuring the report card settings.
If you want to revoke access to a specific report card, you can go to the Shareable Report Cards manager, and reset GUID from the report card actions menu.
Use of the Device Status Report Card
The front view of a Status Report Card is an easy-to-use overview of the status of all monitored devices. The report card shows the time when the device was last monitored, the agent location that performed the last check, and the status of the device. If a failure in the device is detected, the failure will be displayed in red at the top of the dashboard report.
The report page self-refreshes every 3 minutes and can run constantly in the background if needed. The report card is often used as part of a dashboard by system operators and network administrators for monitoring the status of Internet infrastructure on one simple screen. Also, the report card is a convenient link for quickly checking the overall health of a monitored system via a mobile device in case of an alert.
Detailed Performance Reports for Devices are accessible from within the status report card by clicking on a listed device. A Detailed Performance Report Card provides summary information on a specific monitoring device.
Status Report Cards can be configured to display the following items:
- Uptime/Downtime charts and numbers
- Device Response Time
- Daily, weekly, monthly and yearly history.
Planned maintenance (such as server maintenance) can be excluded from the status report statistics by applying a schedule to that time period. As a result, the scheduled period of server maintenance will not affect stats and charts.
No filters are assigned to Status Report Cards by default. As a result, the statistical values between an Online Report and the statistical values displayed by a Status Report Card may differ.
To create a new status report card, on the Shareable Report Cards page, click New Card > Device Status.
Access to the Status Report Card
By default, all users on the Internet can access the report card via the URL that is automatically generated for the report. However, you can restrict access to the report so only users of your Dotcom-Monitor account will be able to open the URL and view the status report data.
To allow only authenticated users to view the status report card, in the Access field, select Users in Your Organization upon configuring the report card settings.
Group Name: Enter a descriptive name for the dashboard that will be displayed across the top of the report card page.
State: Active will make the report visible while postponed will disable links to the report.
Schedule: Select an existing schedule to apply to the report card results.
Filter: Select an existing filter to apply to the report card data.
Periods: You can select which time frames you want to include on the report card. You must select at least one period.
Aggregate: Determines whether the data will be summarized by average response time or percentage of uptime for the duration of each selected period. Note that at least one option must be selected.
Charts: You can select to make additional uptime and response time charts available by clicking to view additional information in the report card.
Allow Drill Down: Allows users of the report card to click on periods and drill down deeper into the data to view more granular results.
Allow Raw Data: Allows users to view the underlying values of the data.
Report Since: Displays all available data from the date entered until the current date.
Assigned Devices: Select the devices to include in the report card.
Once a new status report card is created, you can copy the link to the report card on the card preview screen or from the card actions menu within the Shareable Report Cards screen.
For other actions available for report cards, see Dashboard Manager.