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Hostname Visibility

Hostname Visibility is a Traffic Analytics feature. Enabling Hostname Visibility will allow you to view statistics about specific hostnames and IP addresses that are visited by clients on your network. You can view these statistics for your entire network and per-client. This type of information can be useful for understanding the types of traffic flowing over your network and constructing traffic policies to meet the needs of your Organization.

Enabling Hostname Visibility

Please follow the steps below to enable Hostname Visibility:

  1. Navigate to Network-wide > Configure > General.
  2. Select “Report specific hostnames” from the Hostname Visibility drop-down menu located in the Traffic analysis section as seen below.
  3. Click Save Changes.

Note: The data displayed for traffic analytics is only collected after this feature is enabled. Data prior to that point will not be available. It may take up to 24 hours for this information to propagate fully.

Hostname Visibility Statistics

Hostname statistics can be viewed for your entire network or for individual clients.

Network Statistics

To view statistics for the entire network, navigate to Network-wide > Monitor > Traffic Analytics. This view becomes available once Hostname Visibility is enabled for your network. The main Traffic Analytics page, as seen below,  provides information and traffic statistics for the applications and Internet destinations used by clients on your network. You can see statistics about the specific applications used, transport protocol information, destination hostname or IP address, usage data, amount of traffic sent and received, number of flows, and number of clients.

 

You can learn more about a particular traffic type by clicking on the Application. This view will display information about about the ports used, the clients and usage statistics that have contributed traffic toward the rule, and particular hosts that have contributed to the rule. This details page can be seen below.

 

Client Statistics

To view statistics for a particular client, Navigate to Network-wide > Monitor > Clients. Click on the client to open the Client Details page. This page features information about the applications, ports, and content viewed by a particular client. When Hostname Visibility has been enabled, you can view the specific destinations visited by clients. This is shown in the image below. You can see statistics about the specific applications used, transport protocol information, destination hostname or IP address, usage data, amount of traffic sent and received, and number of flows:

Additional Resources

Please refer to the following article for additional information about traffic analytics:

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