The command "Show systems statistics session" in a daily report?

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The command "Show systems statistics session" in a daily report?

I would like the information displayed in the "Show systems statistics session" CLI command to be packaged into a daily report so that I could see the previous day's throughput, packet rate, TCP sessions, etc and displayed in nice line graphs.  Is there such a report?





I solved this by using the XML API and a Powershell script (below) which is attached to a scheduled task that executes every minute.  I found that the "show session info" command, and its API analog, shows the same info as the "show system statistics session" but in a passive format.  Using the XML API and a script I exported the "show session info" data to XML and parsed it into a nice CSV file.  I'm going to let the script collect data for a few weeks and then I'll take the resutling CSV files and chart their data in Excel.


Here's the script I used:

$paloList = "",""
$queryUri="/api/?type=op&cmd=<show><session><info></info></session></show>&key=API KEY GOES HERE"
$base64AuthInfo = [Convert]::ToBase64String([Text.Encoding]::ASCII.GetBytes(("{0}:{1}" -f "USERNAME","PASSWORD")))

$results =@()

foreach($fw in $paloList)
        [xml]$systemStats = Invoke-WebRequest -uri $fullUrl -Method Get -Headers @{Authorization=("Basic {0}" -f $base64AuthInfo)}
        Write-Host "StatusCode:" $_.Exception.Response.StatusCode.value__ 
        Write-Host "StatusDescription:" $_.Exception.Response.StatusDescription

    [object]$statsInfo = $systemStats.response.result | Select-Object pps,kbps,num-active,num-icmp,num-tcp,num-udp

    $results += New-Object -TypeName psobject -Property @{
            "Date"=get-date -Format "MM-dd-yyyy";
            "Time"=get-date -Format "hh:mm:ss";
            "Packet rate"=$statsInfo.pps;
            "Total active sessions"=$statsInfo.'num-active';
            "Active TCP sessions"=$statsInfo.'num-tcp';
            "Active UDP sessions"=$statsInfo.'num-udp';
            "Active ICMP sessions"=$statsInfo.'num-icmp'}

    $filename = $fw+"_statsInfo.csv"
    $results | select Date,Time,"Packet rate",Throughput,"Total active sessions","Active TCP sessions","Active UDP sessions","Active ICMP sessions" | export-csv $PSScriptRoot\$filename -NoTypeInformation -Append

-Note 1: I have multiple devices that I'm pulling data from hence the loop.

-Note 2: You need to get yourself an API key for your device.  I found that an API key from one device worked on another, but YMMV.

-Note 3: The resulting CSV file is saved to the same folder as the script.

-Note 4: The data is appended to the CSV file(s).


Cyber Elite
Cyber Elite


This isn't something that is readily available, however you could make it yourself if you log the output and then make the graphs with the information you have stored. 

this command provides a snapshot of the current throughput of the system, displaying this on a daily basis would skew you statistics (packets per second averaged out over 86400 seconds per day) if you want a tally of the days totals you can create a report that lists the amount of packets and bytes received/transmitted alternatively you can monitor the system via SNMP and graph out the usage on an external RRDtool like cacti
Tom Piens
PANgurus - Strata specialist; config reviews, policy optimization
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