The Settings page is primarily left to the administrators.

  • Alarm Notifications: Enable additional system alarms.

  • Alarm Settings: Modify settings to optimize syslog and SMTP processing.

  • ASA ACL Descriptions: Enter the username and password used to SSH into ASA firewalls to retrieve ACL descriptions (Appliance only).

  • AWS Configuration: Set parameters for Amazon Web Services flow streaming configuration here.

  • CrossCheck: Specify the thresholds for changing color and the syslog threshold that the Fault Index must reach to trigger a syslog.

  • Data History: Specify how long each flow interval is saved.

    • Historical 1 Min Avg: Saves 100% of all flows received. Make sure the server has enough disk space to save significant quantities of the raw flows. The 1 minute intervals consume the most disk space as it is not aggregated and flows are in raw format.

    • Historical 5 minute - 1 week Avg: These intervals only save the specified Maximum Conversations after aggregation per interval.

    • Maximum Conversations: Used when creating large intervals (e.g. 5 minute) from prior intervals (e.g. 1 minute). All flows are aggregated together per router. The top 1,000 (default) based on bytes are saved.

    • Auto History Trimming: This option allows for automatic database trimming when available disk space falls below 10% (with a minimum threshold of 10GB). Check the checkbox to activate this option. An alarm will also be generated to send an alert that the database is being trimmed (1 minute and 5 minute conversation database tables) and includes how much 1 minute and 5 minute data currently exists in the database (in hours).

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    In a distributed collector environment, each collector will perform the database trimming independent of the other collectors. Auto History Trimming on/off applies to all of the collectors in the cluster, but the database trimming will only occur on the server(s) that fall below 10% of available disk space.

  • Email Server: Necessary for on demand and scheduled emailed reports. Make sure the test is successful.

  • Flow Analytics Configuration: Used to configure the algorithms and monitor their performance.

  • Flow Analytics Exclusions: Used to manage the Flow Analytics IP Group and hostname exclusions.

  • Flow Analytics Settings: Used to modify default settings of Flow Analytics relating to FlowPro Defender, jitter, latency, violations and top algorithms.

  • Licensing: Displays the current licensing level, expiration date(s), and unique Machine ID for this installation. The Machine ID is required by Plixer Customer Service for generating new license keys. Once a new key is received, to activate the key, copy and paste the entire key in the License Key textbox. See the System > Licensing page for more information.

  • Mapping Groups: Add and manage Map Groups.

  • Mapping Objects: Add and manage Map Objects.

  • Proxy Server: Setup the server to work with a proxy server.

  • Reporting: Report settings configuration options.

  • Syslog Server: Configure the syslog server, port and priority.

  • System Preferences: System Preferences are accessible via Admin Tab -> Settings -> System Preferences. The list of options are global configuration settings for all of the collectors. The explanation for each feature is to the right of the setting.