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Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

Barracuda Report Creator

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The Barracuda Report Creator creates customized reports using statistics and logs collected on NextGen Firewalls. Each report can be configured to use multiple appliances, custom or predefined report data templates, and a customizable layout and delivery method. Reports for managed firewalls are collected directly from the firewall and not the Control Center. Custom reports can include the following information:

  • User Activity Reports – Includes information on traffic caused by individual users, IP addresses or networks, or Active Directory user groups.
  • Address Activity Reports – Includes information for accessed URL categories per source IP address or network.
  • URL Category Reports – Includes information on which URLs were accessed in this specific URL category per source IP address or network.
  • Application Category Reports – Includes information on detected application categories.
  • Application Property Reports – Includes information on top blocked or allowed application properties.
  • Applications Reports – Includes information on detected applications in a specific application category per source IP address or network.
  • Security Reports – Includes IPS, Virus Scanner, and ATP threat reports.
  • VPN Usage Reports – Includes information on usage of TINA client-to-site and site-to-site tunnels.

Limitations

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Client Profile is not contained in the installation archive for the Report Creator.
  • Application Control data displayed in the Report Creator might not include the entire data set for the specified time period because old data may be deleted on the firewall if the disc space gets too low. Due to this limitation, the Report Creator is not suitable for comprehensive auditing purposes. In this case, use FW Audit instead. For more information, see FW Audit.

Installation and Requirements

Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 7, or higher
Additional RequirementMicrosoft .NET Framework 4.0 Client Profile

Download the Report Creator from the Barracuda Download Portal, double-click to start the installation, then follow the on-screen instructions.

Step 1. Add Dedicated Report Creator Administrator

Add a dedicated administrator or a CC admin for Report Creator depending on if you are connecting to a standalone or managed firewall:

Stand-alone Firewall

The administrator must be included in the Security role:

  1. On the firewall, go to CONFIGURATION > Configuration Tree > Box > Administrators.
  2. Click Lock.
  3. Create or edit the administrator account to be used by the Report Creator.
  4. Add Security to the Assigned Roles for the administrator.
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  5. Click OK.
  6. Click Send Changes and Activate.
Control Center

The CC administrator must have access to the Control and Firewall modules.

  1. On the Control Center, go to CONFIGURATION > Configuration Tree > Multi-Range > Global Settings > Administrative Roles.
  2. Click Lock.
  3. In the Administrative Role Configuration, click + to add a new role.
  4. In the Control section, select the Access to Control check box. You do not have to enable any additional options in the Control Permissions section.
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  5. In the Firewall service section, select the Access to Firewall service check box. You do not have to enable any additional options in the Firewall service section.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Click Send Changes and Activate.

Step 2. Add your Firewall

Add the firewalls to be queried when creating a report. Use the administrator user created in Step 1 to connect.

  1. Click the Templates tab.
  2. In the Appliances section in the left pane, click the plus sign.
  3. Select NextGen Firewall F-Series from the Type list.

  4. Enter the Management IP or Hostname of the firewall.
  5. Enter the Login and Password.
  6. Click Test Connection to verify that the Report Creator can connect to the appliance.
  7. Click Save.
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If you are creating reports for a large number of firewalls, sort them into Consolidation Groups:

  1. Click the Templates tab.
  2. In the left menu, click Consolidation Groups.
  3. Click the plus sign.
  4. Right-click the group name, select Rename, and enter a name.
  5. In the Consolidation Group "Group name" section, select the firewalls you want to add and click the right arrow icon to add them to the Appliances in this Group list.
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  6. Click Save

The Report Creator is now configured to create reports containing selected data from your firewalls.

Step 2. Configure Report Data

The Report Data templates specify the type of information included in the report.

  1. Click the Templates tab.
  2. In the left menu, click Report Data.
  3. To modify the settings, select the predefined report in the Report Data section.
  4. Change the settings as necessary. For example, change the time span, or enable Source IP Address Anonymization if you do not want to include the source address in the report.
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  5. Click Save.

You can use custom or predefined reports. For more information, see How to Create Custom Reports.

Step 3. Configure the Report Layout

Create a Report Layouts template to configure how the report is displayed.

  1. Click the Templates tab.
  2. In the left menu, click Layouts.
  3. Either select the Standard Layout default template or create a new template by clicking the plus sign.
  4. Right-click the template name, select Rename, and enter a name.
  5. Configure the following settings for the layout:
    • Report Title – The heading text that is displayed on the first page of the report.
    • Front Page Logo The larger image that is displayed on the first page of the report. This image must be in PNG format. Your custom logo image is not automatically resized. Use images with a maximum width of 500 pixels.
    • Header Logo – The small logo that is displayed in the headline. This image must be in PNG format and have a maximum height of 44 pixels. The custom header image is automatically resized to 155 X 44 pixels. Upload it in multiples of these values to get the best results.
    • Page Size – The print page size.
    • Font Name – The font used in the report.
    • Font Size – The size of the font for the continuous text. Headlines have a fixed size that cannot be changed.
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  6. Click Save.

Step 4. Configure Report Delivery

Create a Deliveries template to specify how the reports are delivered. You can either store reports in a local directory or email the reports.

  1. Click the Templates tab.
  2. In the left menu, click Deliveries
  3. Click the plus sign.
  4. Right-click the template name, select Rename, and enter a description.
  5. To store the reports in a local directory, select FILE from the Type list and then configure the following settings:
    • Filename – The report's file name. When the report is generated, a time stamp is appended to the report name. For example, report_2017_08_06_09_53_50.pdf.
    • Folder – The folder where the reports are saved.
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  6. To email reports, select EMAIL from the Type list and then configure the following settings:
    • Sender – The sender email address.
    • Recipient(s) – The email addresses that should receive the report. Separate multiple addresses with a semicolon (;).
    • Mail Text – (Optional) Text for the email body.
    • Server Address – The IP address of the email server.
    • Port – The SMTP port on the email server to connect to. Common default values are:
      • 25 – Anonymous sending.
      • 587 – TLS authenticated sending.
    • Force TLS encryption – Enables authenticating at the email server, with the username and password configured below. This option requires a valid Sender Address.
    • Use anonymous authentication – Allows use of the email server without a username and password. This option does not require a valid Sender Address.
    • User Name and Password – If required, the credentials to authenticate on the email server.
  7. Click Save.

Step 5. (optional) Add an Active Directory Server

To be able to generate reports based on Active Directory user groups, you must configure the IP address and login credentials for the Active Directory server.

  1. Click on the Templates tab.
  2. In the left menu, click Active Directory Server.
  3. Click the plus sign.
  4. Right-click the template name, select Rename, and enter a description.
  5. Enter the IP address or hostname of the Active Directory Server.
  6. Enter the Active Directory Port. Default: 389
  7. (optional) If required, select Use SSL.
  8. Enter the Username of the active directory user.
  9. Enter the Password of the active directory user.
  10. Click Test Connection to verify that the Barracuda Report Creator can connect to the appliance.
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  11. Click Save.

Step 6. Generate a Report

After setting up the Report Creator, you can generate a report.

  1. Click the Reports tab on the upper left of the window.
  2. In the Reports section in the left menu, click the plus sign.
  3. Left-click the template name, select Rename, and enter a name for the report.
  4. In the Content section of the main pane, repeat the following steps for each appliance or consolidation group you want to add to the report: 
    1. In the Appliances section, click the plus sign and then select the consolidation group or appliance.
    2. In the Data for "your appliance name" section, click the plus sign and then select the types of reports that you want to generate.
  5. Select the Layout from the list. 
  6. In the Delivery section, click the plus sign and then select the delivery method you previously configured:
    • EMAIL – Sends the report to the email address specified in the Deliveries template.
    • FILE – Saves the report in the location path specified in the Deliveries template
  7. Click Save.

Step 7. Run the Report

Click Run Now to generate the report. The report is sent to your desktop or delivered via email, depending on the configuration of the selected Deliveries template.
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Step 8. Automate Report Creation

To automate the reporting, schedule a task and specify how often the report is generated.

  1. Click the Reports tab.
  2. In the left pane, select a report.
  3. Click Schedule.
  4. In the Schedule Task for Report Delivery window, specify the delivery times for the report and enter the password for your Windows user.
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  5. To open the Windows Task Scheduler, click Create Custom Task. Report Creator tasks are stored in the BarracudaNGReportCreator subfolder.
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  6. Click OK. Your scheduling task is created in the Windows Task Scheduler.
  7. Save your configurations.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

You can use various keyboard shortcuts within the Report Creator:

Keyboard ShortcutAction
Tab, Shift+TabMove forward or backward through the currently visible controls.
Ctrl+TabMove between the Templates and Reports pages.
F2Rename the selected item.
DelDelete the selected item.
Alt+SSave the current configuration.
Alt+EExit the configuration UI without saving your changes.
Alt+DSchedule a task for the currently selected report. You can use this shortcut only in the Report tab.
Alt+RCreate a report. You can use this shortcut only in the Report tab.
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