Fastvue Reporter can be up and running in as little as five minutes following this simple installation guide.
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:
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.
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.
The way Fastvue Reporter imports data from your TMG Server varies depending on the Forefront TMG's logging options.
In Forefront TMG, go to Logs & Reports and select Configure Web Proxy Logging on the right hand side. In this dialog you'll see there are three logging options:
The SQL Server Express database and File Logging options both store the log files on the TMG server. To access these logs, you need to use the Fastvue Arbiter setup process below.
For Microsoft SQL Server databases, you can connect the Fastvue Reporter server directly to the external SQL server, and the Fastvue Arbiter is not required. Jump straight adding a Source in Fastvue Reporter below.
The Fastvue Arbiter is a light-weight application that you install on your TMG server. It connects to Forefront TMG’s local logs and sends the data securely to the Fastvue TMG Reporter server on port 49361.
The Fastvue Arbiter does not need to be installed if Forefront TMG is logging to a remote SQL server. You can connect Fastvue Reporter directly to the remove SQL Server.
If you are using File Logging, make sure the W3C Text option is selected. Native *.iis text logs are not supported.
To install the Fastvue Arbiter, download and run the Windows installer for Fastvue TMG Reporter onto your TMG server, and select the section option. Proceed through installation wizard using the default options.
Once the Fastvue Arbiter has been installed, you need to create an Access Rule on the TMG server to allow communication between the Fastvue Arbiter and TMG Reporter
The rule should Allow TCP 49361 Outbound from the TMG Reporter server to Localhost for All Users.
To do this:
The Fastvue Arbiter should now be sending log data to the Fastvue Reporter server.
In your web browser browse to the Fastvue TMG Reporter site you installed in step 1 (e.g.http://10.1.1.1/tmgreporter). If you have not yet configured a source, you will be directed to the Start page. You can add your first TMG Server as a Source on this page, or in Settings | Sources.
If you're using the Fastvue Arbiter to receive Forefront TMG's local log files, simply add the IP address of your TMG server and click Add Source.
If Forefront TMG is logging to a remote SQL Database, go to Settings | Sources and click Add Source. Use the ‘SQL Server’ option to enter the credentials required to connect to your SQL Server, and select the database and tables that TMG is logging to.
Note: If you are using Windows Authentication, make sure the machine account (domain\machine$) of the Fastvue TMG Reporter server has read access to the database.
Tip: If you have more than one Web Proxy or Firewall table, you can enter wildcards such as *Web* to select MyWebProxy1, MyWebProxy2 etc. Or just enter * and TMG Reporter will check every table in the Database.
Enable/Disable TMG Servers
When importing data from a remote SQL Server, there is an additional Manage Servers tab on your new SQL Source. Click this tab to view a list of all the TMG Servers found to be logging to the database. You can enable and disable importing from these servers as required.
Note: TMG Reporter’s licensing is based on the number of TMG Servers you need to monitor. Note the number of servers in this list before purchasing.
Now you can try out the many features of Fastvue Reporter!