21 04, 2020

Introducing SonicWall VPN Reports and VPN Dashboard

With everyone shifting to working from home due to COVID-19, reporting on SonicWall's VPN activity is top of mind for many overstretched IT teams right now. To help, we've made some additions to Fastvue Reporter for SonicWall to provide better visibility into SonicWall's VPN connections and ensure your remote infrastructure is holding up. And yes, it also supports SonicWall SMA! With Fastvue Reporter for SonicWall's new VPN Dashboard and VPN Report, you can monitor the number of active sessions throughout the day to help plan for extra capacity, or use the reports to find who has not connected recently. You can also easily see when most people connect and disconnect, and proactively respond to unexpected disconnections or excessive invalid login attempts.

10 09, 2019

SonicWall Analyzer End of Life and SonicWall Analytics Review

SonicWall Analytics is the replacement for SonicWall's 'Analyzer' product which has reached End of Life (EOL) status. There is an online demo where you can get a feel for what SonicWall Analytics provides so I took it for a spin. Here's my short review of SonicWall Analytics and some initial thoughts.

17 05, 2018

How To Receive an Alert when SonicWall’s WAN Interface Link Goes Down

You can configure SonicWall and Fastvue Reporter for SonicWall to send you alerts every time your SonicWall's WAN interface goes down (such as an ISP failure). In this article, I'll take you through how to configure SonicWall's Interface probe settings, along with the appropriate log events, and then show you how to create an alert in Fastvue Reporter for SonicWall to send an email every time your SonicWall's WAN interface goes down.

20 11, 2017

The Best SonicWall Configuration for Detailed Logging and Reporting

Since releasing Fastvue Reporter for SonicWall in 2016 and seeing it deployed in hundreds of organizations around the globe, we have become very familiar with the effects that various SonicWall configurations and SonicOS firmware versions have on the firewall's logging and reporting. As a result, here are our main SonicWall configuration recommendations to get the best visibility into user web activity and how your network is operating.

16 08, 2017

SonicWall Reporting on Users, Departments and AD Security Groups

The easiest way to report on users and groups using Fastvue Reporter for SonicWall is to enable authentication on your SonicWall and let Fastvue Reporter automatically provide the pick lists for Users, Departments, Offices, Companies and Security Groups as you have defined in Active Directory. If Authentication is not an option, you can use Saved Filters to make reporting against resolved host names and Source IPs a little easier for the people running reports. This article explains how.

11 08, 2017

SonicWall Logging Issues Affecting Alerts and Reports on Google Searches

We have noticed two issues in SonicWall's logging that you need to be aware of if you are running SonicOS 6.2.7 and above, and you need to report or alert on search terms entered into Google.

7 08, 2017

SonicWall DPI-SSL Logging Issues Affecting Bandwidth Reports

Unfortunately, all traffic going through SonicWall's DPI-SSL feature is logged with incredibly small size values - only a few bytes for each URL. This means that you will not see any DPI-SSL traffic in Fastvue Reporter's bandwidth dashboards or reports, as it essentially gets drowned out by all the correctly logged HTTP traffic. This article explains your options.

15 05, 2017

Reporting on WannaCry Ransomware Infected Machines

This article describes how to use Fastvue Reporter for SonicWall to report on machines potentially infected with WannaCry Ransomware on your network. The first and second variations of WannaCry ransomware access specific domains before the installation phase. You can therefore report on all machines that have accessed these domains to help identify potentially infected machines.

15 05, 2017

Create Real-time Alerts for WannaCry Ransomware Infected Machines

The WannaCry Ransomware infection is currently causing havoc around the globe. Fortunately there are security patches available from Microsoft that fix the underlying security hole in SMB that the ransomware exploits. However it is a good idea to keep an eye on any machines on your network that are or were infected. With Fastvue Reporter, you can create a simple alert to receive instant notifications when machines on your network make requests to the domains that WannaCry accesses before installing.

1 05, 2017

SonicWall SonicOS Enhanced – Now with Referrer URLs!

SonicOS Enhanced now logs Referrer URLs in the 'Syslog Website Accessed' events, providing massive benefits to your Fastvue Web Usage Reports!

9 12, 2016

Monitoring Web Searches to Prevent Radicalisation and Extremism

Fastvue Reporter is used in hundreds of schools and educational institutions throughout world, and a popular use case, especially in the United Kingdom, is to monitor Internet searches and web activity to help identify [...]

17 08, 2016

SonicOS New CFS and New Logging Bugs

SonicWALL have released a firmware update ( that features a complete re-working of their Content Filtering System (CFS), as well as a new sandboxing feature called Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) feature. These new features are amazing, but there is a problem we'd like all our customers to be aware of before upgrading.

20 06, 2016

SonicWALL’s ‘Not Rated’ Syslog Bug and Workaround

There is a bug in SonicWALL's syslog feature where all allowed URLs are logged with the Category 'Not Rated' even though they have been correctly processed through SonicWALL's Content Filtering System (CFS). Fortunately there is a workaround.

29 04, 2016

How To Install Fastvue Reporter on your SonicWALL Analyzer or GMS Server

The Fastvue Reporter for SonicWALL Getting Started Guide recommends not to install Fastvue Reporter on your SonicWALL Analyzer or GMS server as both applications install a web server and compete for port 80 and [...]

22 04, 2016

Introducing Fastvue Reporter for SonicWALL. SonicWALL Reporting Made Awesome!

Fastvue Reporter for SonicWALL analyzes log messages from any SonicWALL device and provides important insights on the data flowing in and out of your organization in the form of live dashboards, alerts and reports. Behind the scenes, integration with corporate directories (Active Directory, LDAP) enables simplified Internet usage reporting across departments, IT security groups, offices, and of course users.

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