Reporter for Sophos Web Appliance

Installation guide

Fastvue Reporter can be up and running in as little as five minutes following this simple installation guide.

Minimum Server Requirements

Download Fastvue Reporter and install on a machine (or virtual machine) that meets our recommended requirements below.


Note: Fastvue Reporter is a resource intensive application by design in order to import data and run reports as fast as possible. We do not recommend installing Fastvue Reporter on a server that provides a critical network service such as a Domain Controller, DNS server, or DFS server. We recommend installing on a dedicated VM (virtual machine) so you can scale the resources appropriately.

To install Fastvue Reporter:

  1. Double-click the downloaded setup exe on a machine that meets the above requirements.

  2. The installer automatically installs and configures the required pre-requisites which include .Net 4.6 and IIS (Web Server and Application Server roles). It will also install Open JDK and Elasticsearch in its own self-managed directory.

  3. Once the pre-requisites have been installed, proceed through the installation wizard. It will ask you for:

    • Installation folder Only application files are installed to this folder and it does not require much disk space. The default is C:\Program Files\Fastvue\{Product Name}.

    • Website and Virtual Directory This is the website and sub-folder (virtual directory) within IIS to install the Fastvue Reporter website into. The default is Default Web Site. If you have other websites installed on your server, it is a good idea to either create a new website in IIS first and install to that, or use the 'sub-directory' option and enter a name such as ‘fastvue’ or ‘reports’. This creates a contained 'virtual directory' in IIS under the main website which you can access using http://yourserver/fastvue (for example).

    • Data Location This is the location where all imported data, configuration and report files are stored. Specify a location with plenty of disk space. The default is C:\ProgramData\Fastvue\{Product Name}.


To upgrade an earlier version of Fastvue Reporter, simply run the new installer over the top of your existing installation. 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 that it can take a few minutes for data to start importing again after upgrades and restarts of the Fastvue Reporter service. You can check the database initialisation progress in Settings | Diagnostic | Database.

Automated / Silent Deployment

If you need to deploy or upgrade Fastvue Reporter to silently or to multiple servers in an automated way, please see our comprehensive Reporter 4.0 PowerShell script.

Configure Sophos Web Appliance to send Syslog data to Fastvue Reporter

Now that Fastvue Reporter is installed, you need to configure your Sophos Web Appliance to send Syslog messages to the Fastvue Reporter server.

  1. Log into your Sophos Web Appliance and go to Configuration | System | Alerts and Monitoring | Syslog.

  2. Select Enable syslog transfer of web traffic and enter the hostname or IP of the Fastvue server.

  3. Enter port 514 or another port if 514 is used by another application on the Fastvue Reporter server (use netstat -ano | find "514" on the Fastvue server to find other process IDs using port 514, and then use the Details tab in Windows Task Manager to find the processes).

  4. Select UDP or TCP - unencrypted and click Apply ('TCP - encrypted' is not supported at this stage)

Note: Sophos Web Appliance does not allow multiple syslog servers. If you are already using a syslog server for another purpose, Fastvue Reporter includes a 'syslog forwarding' option when you add your Source in Settings | Sources. You can use this to continue to forward syslog traffic from Fastvue Reporter to your existing destination.

Add a Source

Add your firewall as a Source in Fastvue Reporter. This can be done on the start page that is presented after installation, or by going to Settings | Sources and clicking Add Source.

If your firewall is sending syslog data on port 514, click into the dropdown and wait a few seconds. The dropdown will populate with the name and/or IP of the device(s) sending syslog traffic to the Fastvue Server. Simply select your firewall from the list and click Add Source.

If your firewall is sending syslog data on a different port (such as 50514 if using the Linux / Docker version), Fastvue Reporter will not automatically display your firewall in the dropdown list. In this case, manually enter your firewall's IP and your selected syslog port into the options provided, then click Add Source.

Note: If entering your firewall and port manually, make sure the IP is the one your Fastvue Server is receiving syslog data from. This could be the IP of the internal LAN interface on your firewall, or if you have intermediate devices routing syslog traffic, it could be the interface IP of the last hop.

If you're unsure, you can a 'dummy' source with an invalid name (such as 'dummy') but specify the custom syslog port your firewall is sending syslog data on. Fastvue Reporter will then start listening on the port specified. You can then click Add Source again, and the dropdown list should populate with any device sending syslog data on your custom syslog port.

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 network traffic.


Now you can try out the many features of Fastvue Reporter!