Compare SonicWall Reporting Options

There are a few options when it comes to reporting on SonicWall. So what makes Fastvue Reporter so special?

SonicWall Analyzer

  • Designed for SonicWall Administrators
  • Reports on SonicWall hardware and network performance
  • Basic information about web usage (top users, domains and categories)

SonicWall GMS

  • Designed for SonicWall Administrators
  • Reports on SonicWall hardware and network performance
  • Basic information about web usage (top users, domains and categories)
  • Reports on multiple SonicWalls (but does not collate all information into a single dashboard or report)

Fastvue Reporter for SonicWall

  • Designed for everyone else concerned about employee internet usage, but also very useful for SonicWall Administrators.
  • Goes beyond simple log aggregation to provide sensible and useful information around web usage and productivity.
  • Collates data from multiple SonicWalls into single dashboards, reports and alerts.
  • Productivity Reports utilizing SonicWalls Content Filtering Service (CFS).
  • Useful activity reports with full forensic details.
  • Real-time Alerts for any type of traffic or network issue.
  • Integrates with Active Directory for Department/Group reporting (requires user authentication on SonicWall)

Advantages of Fastvue Reporter for SonicWall

Feature SonicWall Analyzer SonicWall GMS Fastvue Reporter for SonicWall
Department and Security Group Reports
Generate reports for Departments or Security Groups as specified in Active Directory.
‘Sensible’ Web Reports (Fastvue Site Clean)
Most web reports do not make sense in that they are dominated by sites users never visit directly such as fbcdn.net, akamaihd.net, doubleclick.net and google-analytics.com. Fastvue Reporter resolves CDNs into the site the user was actually browsing, and/or removes ‘junk URLs’ from reports using its unique Site Clean technology. Note: Site Clean is not effective as it could be due to the lack of referrer URLs in SonicWall log files.

Realtime Alerts
Receive real-time alerts via email for any type of traffic or network issue. See how you can monitor web searches to prevent extremism and radicalisation (UK KCSiE requirements).

‘Readable’ Time-Based Activity Reports
HR and Department Managers need detailed web activity reports with date/times and full URLs. Analyzer’s Reports and log searches provide too much information and are not usable outside of IT. Fastvue Reporter for SonicWall provides log level detail first grouped into browsing sessions, removes junk, and visualises activity with intuitive Gantt charts.
Collate data from multiple SonicWalls into a single report
Although SonicWall GMS can import data from multiple SonicWalls, you can only view reports per-SonicWall device. Fastvue Reporter collates all data received so that you can report and alert across your entire SonicWall deployment. You can also filter reports and alerts by SonicWall name or IP if necessary.
Productivity Reports
Rather than digging into each SonicWall CFS Category to get an idea of unproductive browsing, simply group SonicWall’s categories into Unacceptable, Unproductive, Acceptable or Productive, and report or alert accordingly.
Report on Allowed Undesirable Sites/Apps
Easily report on sites that are unproductive or unacceptable that are allowed by SonicWall.
Report on Blocked Acceptable Sites/Apps
Easily report on sites that are acceptable or productive that are blocked by SonicWall.
Subnet Reports & Traffic Directions
Report on subnets using CIDR notation such as Source IP ‘In Subnet’ 10.1.0.0/16. Filter by outgoing or incoming traffic by mixing Subnet filters (Source IP ‘In Subnet’ 10.1.0.0/16 and Destination IP ‘Not in subnet’ 10.1.0.0/16 for example)
Flexible Report Filtering
Filter your reports by any value in the SonicWall logs, and by AD groups or attributes. For example, report on activity where the Department is ‘Accounts’, AND the Productivity is Unproductive or Unacceptable, AND the Category is not equal to ‘Advertising’.
Limited: Limited subset of log fields available, and no AD integration Limited: Limited subset of log fields available, and no AD integration. Can only drilldown into single items in existing reports.
Doesn’t Require Adobe Flash
Unlike SonicWall Analyzer or GMS, Fastvue Reporter for SonicWall does not require Adobe Flash, making it accessible on any iOS device.
Easy to deploy, setup and use
Fastvue Reporter for SonicWall does not require heavy backend database technologies such as MySQL or MSSQL, or require you to forward syslog traffic between internal interfaces or sift through unintuitive setup procedures before you see a report.
I am very impressed with what Fastvue has come up with. Fastvue Reporter for SonicWall actually does more than SonicWall’s own Analyzer software, and being able to report on AD groups solves a real pain point. It’s exactly what we, and a large number of our partners, are looking for!
Brandon Madeley, Exertis
Fastvue Site Clean Rocks! And I love your customer support!
Andrew Reynolds, Frasca
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