Installation and Setup

Setup Instructions for New Installations

Install Fastvue Reporter for Barracuda

1. Download and Install

Download Fastvue Reporter for Barracuda and install on a machine (or virtual machine) that meets our recommended requirements for your network size.

Fastvue Reporter is designed for 64 bit Windows Server Operating Systems running Windows Server 2008 R2 or above (will also run on Windows 7, Windows 8 or above, but a server OS is preferred). The Web Server and Application Server Roles (.NET 3.5 and IIS) will be automatically installed and configured.
Network Size Recommended Server Specification
Less than 500 Users 4 CPUs/Cores, 6 GB RAM
500 – 1000 Users 4 CPUs/Cores, 8 GB RAM
1000 – 3000 Users 8 CPUs/Cores, 12 GB RAM
3000 – 5000 Users 8 CPUs/Cores, 16 GB RAM
5000+ Users 16 CPUs/Cores, 24 GB RAM

* Virtual environments are recommended so you can scale the resources as required.

The default data retention policy in Fastvue Reporter is 90 days or 50 GB, whichever comes first. This can be adjusted in Settings | Data Storage.
The amount of data stored per day will vary depending on the amount of traffic flowing through your Barracuda device. Check the amount of data in Settings | Data Storage after one day of installing to see if you need to make adjustments to the data retention policy.
When compared to Barracuda’s original syslog text files, Fastvue Reporter’s database is roughly 40% of the uncompressed log file size.
Enabling Barracuda Web Security Gateway (Web Filter) Syslog

2. Configure Syslog or Web Log Streaming

Barracuda Web Security Gateway (previously Barracuda Web Filter)

Configure Barracuda Web Security Gateway to send Web Filtering Syslog messages to the Fastvue Reporter machine. This is done in Advanced | Syslog | Web Traffic Syslog.

Barracuda NG Firewall

Configure Barracuda NG Firewall to send Web Log Streaming Messages to the Fastvue Reporter machine. To do this:

  1. Go to Configuration > Configuration Tree > Box > Infrastructure Services > Syslog Streaming. Click Lock.
  2. In the left menu, click Web Log Streaming.
  3. From the Enable Web Log Streaming list, select yes.
  4. Use the default Streaming Template. If you have already customized this, it should be:

    NextGen_Firewall[]: %timestamp% 1 %srcip% %dstip% %content-type% %srcip% %uri% %content-length% BYF ALLOWED CLEAN 2 1 0 %actionnum% 0 (-) %actionnum% %urlcat% 0 - 0 %host% %urlcat% [%user%] %host% - - 0
  5. Select UDP as the Streaming Protocol.
  6. Enter the Fastvue Reporter machine’s IP address as the Destination IP Address.
  7. Enter 514 as the Destination Port, unless you are using another syslog application on the Fastvue Reporter machine that is already listing on port 514. In this case, specify a different port such as 50514.
  8. Click Send Changes and Activate.

Note: In order for HTTPS traffic to be exported via the web log streaming feature in Barracuda NGFW, you need to have virus scanning enabled for HTTPS traffic.

Add A Barracuda Source

3. Add a Source

Add the Barracuda NG Firewall or Web Security Gateway as a Source in Fastvue Reporter 2. 0. This can be done on the start page that is presented after installation, or in Settings | Sources | Add Source.

Fastvue Reporter for Barracuda - Overview Dashboard

4. Enjoy!

It may take 10-20 seconds before the first records are imported. You can watch the records and dates imported in Settings | Sources. Once records start importing, you can go to the Dashboard tab to see your live network traffic.
Now you can explore all the features of Fastvue Reporter such as:

  • Live Dashboards (Bandwidth, Productivity and Web Protection).
  • Simple, Powerful Reporting.
  • Private Report Sharing (including Scheduled Private Reports).
  • Real time alerts.
  • Seamless Active Directory integration
  • + Many more!

Backing up Fastvue Reporter for Barracuda's data location

1. Backup Fastvue Reporter’s Data and Settings

If you want to upgrade your existing installation, we recommend backing up your existing settings and data first. This is as simple as making a full copy of the contents of Fastvue Reporter’s data location, shown in Settings | Data Storage | Settings (default is C:\ProgramData\Fastvue\Reporter for Barracuda Web Filter).

Tip: Compress the backup, especially the data.fvfs folder as this can be quite large.

Fastvue Reporter - Backup Web.Config

2. Backup Custom IIS Settings (if applicable)

If you have secured the Fastvue Reporter website with IIS or applied any other custom settings in IIS directly, you should also backup the web.config file in the website’s directory (usually under c:\inetpub\wwwroot\<fastvuereporter’s site name>). The installer will attempt to also backup and restore this file for you, but this is a good idea just incase there is an issue with the installation.

Fastvue Reporter for Barracuda Installer

3. Upgrade / Installation

Once your current environment is backed up, simply run the new installer over the top of your existing installation to upgrade. The installer will pick up your existing settings, so just click next throughout the wizard without making any changes. Once installed, browse to the site and clear the browser cache by hitting ctrl + F5 (cmd + R on Mac).

Note: This process upgrades the application only. Your existing data and reports are not affected and will be available as normal after the installation. However, the Dashboard and Alerts from the previous installation will be cleared and will start rebuilding as new data is imported.

Fastvue Reporter for Barracuda - Live Dashboard

4. Enjoy!

It may take 10-20 seconds before the first records are imported. You can watch the records count in Settings | Sources. Once records start importing, you can go to the Dashboard tab to see your live network traffic.

Now you can test out the new features of Fastvue Reporter , such as:

  • Live Dashboards (Bandwidth, Productivity and Web Protection).
  • Simple, Powerful Reporting.
  • Private Report Sharing (including Scheduled Private Reports).
  • Real time alerts.
  • Seamless Active Directory integration
  • + Many more!