Selecting Overview → Analytics → Insight Analytics Packet → Custom Tags displays the Custom Tags dashboard. The Custom Tags tab is highlighted.


Usage Note: Before any analytics can be collected, a valid license must be installed and activated, and a Packet Engine must be configured in Manage Packet Engine. Please refer to this section to configure Packet Engines, third-party tools, upload and manage PCAP files and to manage Packet Engine configurations.


The UNUM Insight Analytics Packet Custom Tags module provides a convenient method of adding context to network conditions using user edited custom defined tags. Clicking on custom Customs Tags in the dashboard interface launches the Custom Tags functionality and displays the following information:


Insight Analytics Packet Custom Tags Upper Dashboard


The Custom Tags dashboard provides valuable information about network data in packet traffic. Apart from the 6 individual customizable pie chart widgets there are additional widgets providing valuable data and are used for further data drilldown. The upper area includes:


  • Total Packet Counts – total number of packets collected in the packet capture sample.
  • Total Bad TCP Counts – total number of bad TCP packets collected in the packet capture sample.
  • Total Bad Counts – – total number of bad counts collected in the packet capture sample.
  • TCP Round-trip delay time – length of time for packet to be sent, acknowledged and received back.


Search and Filtering functions work in an identical manner as described under the Insight Analytics Packet Search & Filtering section.


The lower area of the Custom Tags dashboard includes:


  • UDP Average Jitter – timestamped display of average frame time.
  • UDP Packet Length Distribution – count and size of packet frame length ranges.


Insight Analytics Packet Custom Tags Lower Dashboard


Custom Packet Details – tabular data.


The Custom Tags module also supports global filters by clicking on any of the chart items. You can drilldown into the data by selecting any chart item in the dashboard and clicking on an area of interest.


Customizing Project Tags


Clicking on the option links: Upload Tags, Clear Tags and Customize Dashboard allows you to customize pie chart labels and upload tags from a spreadsheet and re-map fields.


Insight Analytics Packet Custom Tags Customize Project Tags


The options are Upload, Clear Tags and Customize Dashboard.

Upload Tags


Clicking on the Upload Tags link displays an Upload Project Tags File window by which you can select your own tagging file (see Creating Project Tags) in CSV or XML format to change the fields using the meta data you supply. Browse for the location of the files or drag-and-drop the file containing the specified data and click Upload.


To exit the Upload Tags menu, click Close.


Insight Analytics Packet Upload Project Tags File Menu

Clear Tags


Clicking on the Clear Tags link immediately deletes all uploaded tag entries. You must re-enter ALL tag information following this action.


When PCAP files are loaded, tags may still be present in the dashboard and drop down menu selection items.


If you want to revert to system default tags you must delete all PCAP files from the system and re-run, Clear Tags.


Custom Tags Customize Dashboard


Clicking on the Customize Dashboard link displays a customize window by which you can edit the Title fields, select the data type for the Field and the type of data Aggregate desired for the customized display. Clicking Update! saves the new customization.


Insight Analytics Packet Customize Fields Menu


Creating Custom Tags


You can create customized dashboards using Project Tags. This feature allows you to view multiple projects using customized tags that you can either select from a drop down list or import as a *.CSV file. This is useful if you want to monitor specific sections of your network.


To create customized tags using UNUM Insight Analytics Packet, select Overview → Analytics → Insight Analytics Packet → Custom Tags → Upload Tags on the Custom Tags page.


Insight Analytics Packet Custom Tags Upload CSV File


Select of Drop the CSV file into the window and click Upload. A series of messages will indicate a successful upload of the file and provide an indication of any error. Click Cancel, to return to the previous screens without making any changes.


Use the Customize Dashboard to edit and enter customized names for the pie charts. You can create up to six customized pie charts by entering titles for each pie chart and selecting the field to appear in the pie chart. Each pie chart can be aggregated by Total Bytes or # of Packets or Frame Length. Once you have created the pie charts, click Update!


To create a custom *.csv, use any spreadsheet application to create a new project file. The columns A through H can be used to set up the fields, but each column must start with item_ and then the field name such as srcip, dstip, etc. as shown below to differentiate the data within the UNUM database.


Since srcip, and dstip are regular tags within UNUM the use of item_ in the header correctly assigns them within the database. Non-standard tags when uploaded as a custom tag are automatically marked in the database and in the drop down selection window under custom fields with project pre-pended to the tag.


Insight Analytics Packet Custom Tags Template Spreadsheet Example


Note: Blank fields (shown in orange) are ignored.


Basic Steps to use Custom Tags in Insight Analytics Packet


    1. Create a template file and save as a CSV file.
    2. Upload the CSV file selecting Overview → Analytics → Insight Analytics Packet → Custom Tags → Upload Tags.
    3. Upload the PCAP file containing the relevant collected packet data using PCAP Manager → Upload PCAP and when completed click, View Analytics.
    4. Customize the dashboard selecting, Overview → Analytics → Insight Analytics Packet → Custom Tags → Customize Dashboard.



Insight Analytics Packet Custom Tags Example


Search and Filtering functions work in an identical manner as described under the Insight Analytics Packet Search & Filtering section.

As stated previously, each pie chart can be aggregated by Total Bytes or # of Packets or Frame Length. Referencing the above examples and selecting # of Packets using Customize Dashboard means the number of records in the database which matched the custom tags data = 4.


Insight Analytics Packet Custom Tags # of Packets Example


Referencing the same example but selecting Frame Length using Customize Dashboard shows 4 records with a Record Length of 62 = 248.


Insight Analytics Packet Custom Tags Frame Length Example


These numbers are derived from data contained in the uploaded and analyzed PCAP file.


Insight Analytics Packet Custom Tags Frame Length PCAP File Example