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Contains three subsections presenting an overview of the environment, issues discovered and history trend.

Dashboard

The Runecast Analyzer Main Dashboard is the central page that provides a summary of your virtual environment and detected issues. Navigate to the Runecast Analyzer Web Interface url: https://<appliance IP> and login with valid credentials.

Tip

By default, the local user credentials are as follows:

  • Username: rcuser
  • Password: Runecast!

If you have configured Runecast Analyzer to use Active Directory then you can use an Active Directory account. Make sure to specify the username in one of the following formats:

  • <username>
  • <username@domain.com>

Based on a number of Systems configured (one or multiple), and the selection done on the Context, the Dashboard will provide slightly different views.

Components displayed when only one System (vCenter Server) is connected:

  • Analyze now button

  • Configuration Issues by Severity

  • Configuration Issues by Layer

  • Log Issues

  • KBs Applicable

  • Security Compliance

  • Best Practice Adoption

  • Issues History

  • Hosts with Most Issues

  • Analysis Detail

Components displayed when only one System (Horizon Connection Server) is connected:

  • Analyze now button

  • Configuration Issues by Severity

  • KBs Applicable

  • Best Practice Adoption

  • Issues History

  • Analysis Detail

Components displayed when only one AWS account is connected:

  • Analyze now button

  • Badges showing the health status of the resources

  • History of issues for resources

  • Regions of affected resources

Components displayed when multiple Systems are connected (All Systems):

  • Analyze now button

  • Configuration Issues by Severity

  • Configuration Issues by Layer

  • Log Issues

  • KBs Applicable

  • Security Compliance

  • Best Practice Adoption

  • Issues History

  • Hosts with Most Issues

  • My Systems

Analyze now button

Click this button to initiate a scan and perform an analysis of all configuration data in your virtual infrastructure. It is recommended that you enable and configure automated scheduled scans – see Automatic scheduler. For more information about the Analyze now button, please check section Connect to a System and Analyze).

Configuration Issues by Severity

The widget located at the top-left corner of the dashboard provides a quick summary on the number of issues found in the environment, grouped by severity. In the All Systems view it provides the summary across all Systems connected.

Configuration Issues by Layer

The widget is located on the left side of the dashboard, below Configuration Issues by Severity. It provides a quick summary of the number of issues found in the environment, grouped by layer and severity. Each severity has a related icon:

  • Critical
  • Major
  • Medium
  • Low

In the All Systems view it provides the summary across all Systems connected.

Four Key-metric Badges

  • Log Issues: Number of Knowledge Base related issues discovered in logs. In the All Systems view this is the number of Knowledge Base related issues discovered across all Systems connected.

  • KBs Applicable: Number of Knowledge Base related issues discovered in the Systems configuration. The number of current issues found will be accompanied by an arrow representing the average of the last five scans. Its direction will indicate a trend factoring the current value and average historical values. The historical trending will also be displayed by a sparkline. In the All Systems view this is the number of Knowledge Base related issues discovered across all Systems connected.

  • Security Compliance: The level of security compliance based on all security checks performed as part of the Security Hardening view. The compliance percentage will be accompanied by an arrow representing the average of the last five scans. Its direction will indicate a trend factoring the current value and average historical values. The historical trending will also be displayed by a sparkline. In the All Systems view this is the level of security compliance across all vCenters connected.

  • Best Practice Adoption: The level of Best Practice adoption, based on all best practices enabled as part of the Best Practices view. The Best Practice percentage will be accompanied by an arrow representing the average of the last five scans. Its direction will indicate a trend factoring the current value and average historical values. The historical trending will also be displayed by a sparkline. In the All Systems view this is the level of Best Practice adoption across all Systems connected.

Issue history

The bar chart provides an overview of the issue count evolving over time.

If the Days view is selected, then each day will be represented by a bar along the x-axis. When hovering over a bar, it will display the number of issues (this is also shown for each severity, represented with the corresponding color) of the last scan during that day. Where no scans were performed during the day, the bar color will be less vivid and on hover the message No analysis on this day will be shown.

If the Weeks view is selected, then each week will be represented by a bar along the x-axis. When hovering over a bar, it will display the number of issues (this is also shown for each severity, represented with the corresponding color) calculated as an average for the entire week. Where no scans were performed during the entire week, the bar color will be less vivid and on hover the message No analysis on this week will be shown.

Hosts with Most Issues

A list displayed below the Issue History shows the hosts having the highest number of issues. The hosts included in the analysis will depend which vCenter(s) are selected in the Context. The issue count will be accompanied by corresponding severity icons.

My Systems / Analysis Detail

At the bottom of the Dashboard more detailed information concerning Systems scan results is available.

When All Systems is selected in the Context, a list of all Systems Runecast Analyzer is configured to scan will be shown. The number of issues found in Logs, KBs and also the percentage for Security Compliance and Best Practices Adoption are visible for each System row where applicable. Expanding any row will show further details about the checks performed and objects analyzed. The Analyze now button is also available in each row providing a quick way to trigger a scan for the selected System. If an AWS connection was established, you can reach its Dashboard by clicking on the Account ID.

When a single System is selected in the Context, a Dashboard widget is shown at the bottom entitled Analysis Detail. This will show further lower-level details for the System selected about the checks performed and objects analyzed.

Generate Report button

A PDF report will be generated reproducing the full dashboard overview (as displayed in the user interface). This provides a colorful and graphical management report that includes the standard badges and statistics showing the overall system health. Additionally, a list of the top 50 Issues is also included.

Inventory View

Browse through your virtual infrastructure objects hierarchically using the Inventory View feature located in the left side of the page. The number of detected issues is shown alongside inventory objects in the tree-view shown. Click on an object to open a detailed list of associated issues. The new list will display on top, apart from the object name, multiple filters to customize it but also a search box and an Export button. To see additional details, select any of the displayed issues by clicking on one of them. Another section will be revealed presenting information regarding findings, description, notes. Use the Ignore button if you want to filter out the current issue against the selected inventory object.

All Issues View

This view combines all types of detected issues into a single chart and table – Configuration KB issues, Best Practices, Security Hardening checks and Log KB issues. By default, the list of current issues (at the last scan) is displayed. This view is easily customized by using filters and/or selecting historical points in time.

At the top of the view, six dropdown buttons (Systems, Severity, Source, Applies to, Affects, Products) provide the possibility to filter the data displayed. The list of filters applied is shown directly under the dropdown buttons. Filters are applied to the history chart and to the list of results. Two other features are found at the top-right. The Search bar gives the possibility to search for text in Title. The Export button provides the option to export the Result table in different formats (.pdf, .csv). If selected, the option include affected objects will output each affected object together with low-level results for their specific findings.

The history chart is provided to visualize issue levels or objects number over the time period shown. Use one of the two buttons Objects / Issues to switch to the desired view. The time period can be selected by using the calendar control. Each scan is represented using dots, which will display additional information (date and hour of the scan and the number of issues found) when the user hovers over them.

If a specific point in time is selected when clicking on the selected date, this is confirmed with blue edges being shown around the dots. This selection will modify the Results table and the issues found will be relevant to the date selected. Remember that any dropdown filters selected will also affect the results based on their selection.

A widget is shown on the right-hand side of the chart providing the count of Current objects found during the last scan. The number of objects displayed is affected by any filters applied from the dropdown buttons found at the top of this page. This is also affected by any filters applied using the Ignore button within a specific issue, or Filters applied in the Settings > Filter page.

If the Results table has been modified to display issues from a specific date or selected using the chart and point in time dots, just click on the Current Issues widget so that the table provides the current results.

An important feature allows you to understand changes between two consecutive scans. This is found on the right-hand side of the Results table and is named Compare with previous result. Once you click on it, a popup window will open showing a summary of changes.

Note

If any filters have been applied using the drop-down buttons in the All Issues View, this will also be applied to the popup and so will affect the Systems and issues displayed.

The time range for the comparison is shown at the top of the pop-up. The dates and hours refer to the points in time when the scans being compared were triggered. You can navigate to Previous or Next to move between consecutive scans and quickly show a comparison for the newly selected scans.

The Summary offers an overview of new, resolved and total numbers of issues. It also shows the number of Systems scanned.

The Change Log will show the New issues found. Each one will display these attributes:

  • Title of issue and severity (represented by the specific icon).

  • The type of change is shown using one of the following statuses:

    • New: the issue was not found in the previous scan.

    • Resolved: the issue was present in the previous scan, but it was not found in the next one.

    • Partially resolved: the number of objects affected is less than in the previous scan.

    • Increased: the number of objects affected is higher than in the previous scan.

  • Number of objects affected by the issue.

  • Issue detail – on click this will open an additional tab containing the full issue description.

  • Activity table showing the objects affected by the changed status between two consecutive scans.

    If there are no changes between two consecutive scans, then just the total issues and Systems scanned will be displayed.

Note

To improve the performance and reduce the storage usage, historical data older than twelve months will be displayed in a simplified view. The changes are reflected in the following areas:

  • A historic issue’s results are no longer available for comparison with other results and the button used for this action will be replaced with a Simplified Results label.

  • The Findings tab within historic issues will no longer contain the affected objects and their values.

  • When generating reports via the Export button, located in the top right corner of the screen, the option to include the affected objects is not available anymore.