Generating a Security report

This report can list security-related data about objects in the enterprise tree from the summary branch through My ESM Enterprise.

Different policy runs can include different mixes of modules, enabled security checks, and template settings. The Security report identifies the policy run that provides the summary information for each security module.

The report portrays policy run results in the same tabular and graphical formats as the grid and chart.

In Symantec ESM, you can generate a report that is based on specific policies, modules, operating systems, and messages. You can also select which levels in the Symantec ESM tree to include or exclude from the report.

Any filters that are employed filter information in reports as well as reports as the information that is displayed in the chart and grid. Therefore, you should interpret filtered reports in the context of the applied filter.

You can create a Security report from the Report menu or from specific nodes in the enterprise tree. The nodes are the My ESM Enterprise node, the All Managers node and any node that is subordinate to the All Managers node.

The body of the Security report has a section for the following:

For example, if you generate the Security report from an agent node, then the body of the report has a section for the following:

Symantec ESM may take a long time to produce a report if you run a policy on a large number of agents. Turning off graphic generation can significantly reduce the time that is required to create the report. Also, the browser may have problems loading the file if the report.html file grows to many megabytes.

After the report is generated, the ESM console launches the computer's default browser that displays the report in standard HTML format. The ESM console saves the report file automatically. You can print it for analysis and future reference.

To generate a Security report

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Right-click a specific node from My ESM Enterprise down through the summary branch, and click Security report.

    • Click a specific node from My ESM Enterprise down through the summary branch. Then on the Report menu, click Security.

  2. Use the report options tabs to view or change the default report settings as follows:

    • Click the summary tab, and then click the check boxes to select the levels from the summary branch that you want to include in the report. Each option represents a level in the summary branch. Dimmed options are not available because the report was created at a node under these levels. The text box at the top of the window displays the node from which the security report was initiated.

    • Click the format tab, and then click the check boxes to change the default settings.

      Disable the Show title page option when you want a report without a title page.

      Disable the Show table of contents option if the Web browser does not support frames. The change causes the browser to open the report.html version of the report.

      When you disable this option, it increases the time that is required for the browser to load a report. The default setting allows the browser to initially load only the report's title page and table of contents.

      Disable the Show introduction option when you want a report without an introduction.

      For more information, click the Help option on the tab.

    • Click the General tab, and then click the check boxes to change the default settings.

      Disable the Show summary chart option when you want a report without summary charts.

      Disable the Show drill-down chart option when you want a report without object charts.

    • Click the Policy tab, and then click the check boxes to change the default settings.

      You can check boxes to show policy checks and suppression records from this screen

    • Click the Messages tab, and then click the check boxes to change the default settings.

      You can check boxes to show long message text and suppressed messages, and you can show policy run message differences.

    When Symantec ESM finishes, it launches the computer's default Web browser and displays the report in standard HTML format.

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