Settings Overview

Note: This overview covers ongoing management of Kentik settings for existing customers. New/trial Kentik customers should refer to the initial "Setup Tasks" covered in Setup Overview).

The administrative settings for Kentik are covered in the following topics:

Note: Many portal settings are initially made during the Kentik onboarding process, which includes onboarding your organization and onboarding data sources (on premises and in public clouds). For information on initial setup procedures, please refer to Setup Overview.

The Settings landing page provides access to the individual settings modules for the v4 portal.
 

About Settings

Settings are the administrative controls that enable you to tailor your Kentik setup to make it work most effectively for your organization. Settings are accessed via the Settings link on the main navbar, which takes you to the portal's Settings page. The page is laid out as panes that each contain a set of cards related to a category of admin settings. Each card contains a link to an individual settings page.

 

Settings Categories

The Settings page is organized into panes that correspond to the categories covered in the following topics:

 
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Data Sources

A data source is any network entity that generates network traffic data that is ingested into the Kentik Data Engine (KDE), where it is monitored and analyzed. This pane includes links to the admin pages for two main categories of data sources:

  • Networking Devices: Link to the Devices page for device settings and status. Devices are the routers, hosts, switches, firewalls, etc. that make up the physical infrastructure deployed in your sites such as data centers and branch offices. For Kentik to receive data (flow records, SNMP, BGP, etc.) from a given device that device must be configured (on the device) to connect with Kentik and also registered with Kentik in the portal or via API.
  • Public Clouds: Link to the Public Clouds page to register your resources (e.g. VPCs and subnets) that are hosted by public cloud providers (e.g. AWS, GCP, Azure, or IBM) and also manage the generation and ingestion of flow logs from those resources.

Notes:
- If any of your data sources are incomplete, missing flow, or require additional configuration the Data Sources pane will display a notification that includes a Review your devices button. Click the button to go to the Device Status Page.
- For assistance with any aspect of configuring or registering a data source, please contact Customer Support.

 
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Kentik Agents

Kentik uses a variety of software agents to gather data and perform other tasks that support operation of the Kentik platform (see About Kentik Agents). Some agents are configurable only in their own CLIs, but others may be managed via the portal:

  • Proxy Agents: Link to the kproxy Agents page, where you can manage your organization’s kproxy agents and see their status.
  • Synthetics Agents: Link to the Agent Management page, where you can manage your organization’s private instances of ksynth, our software agent for synthetic testing (see Kentik Synthetics Agents).
 
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Network Metadata

Network metadata enables Kentik to help you better understand the structure of your network and how your traffic moves through it, providing better context and value. This pane includes links to admin pages for the following types of network metadata:

  • Manage Interfaces: Link to the Interfaces admin page, where you can add and remove interfaces on your organization's Kentik-registered devices, and edit the settings of those interfaces.
  • Manage Sites: Link to the Sites page, where you can get information about the physical location (for devices) or cloud region (for public clouds) of your data sources. An indicator at right shows how many of your organization's data sources are already assigned to a site.
  • Interface Classification: Link to the Interface Classification page, where you can establish network boundaries and categorize connectivity based on interface metadata. An indicator at right shows the percent of your organization's interfaces that have already been classified.
  • Network Classification: Link to the Network Classification page, where you can define your IP space and ASNs, allowing us to directionally classify traffic in relation to your network.
  • Labels: Link to the Labels page, where you can apply labels that logically associate devices in any way that you want, which allows you to create analytics that stay in sync as your network evolves.
 
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Data Enrichment

Data Enrichment enables your organization's flow data to be correlated with additional information that provides a richer picture of your network and a better understanding of traffic patterns:

  • AS Groups: Link to the AS Groups page, where you can combine similar ASNs into a single group.
  • Custom Dimensions: Link to the Custom Dimensions page, where you can add business context to your organization's network data by supplementing Kentik's built-in dimensions (see Dimensions Reference) with dimensions that you define for your own specific needs.
  • Custom Applications: Link to the Custom Applications page, where you can define specific protocol-port combinations as applications.
  • Custom Geos: Link to the Custom Geos page, where you can map your traffic with business context.
  • Custom DNS: Link to the Custom DNS page, where you can configure DNS resolution for private IP space.
  • Flow Tags: Link to the Flow Tags page, where you can categorize your network data for easier searches.
 
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Sharing

The admin pages in this category help you enable others to see visualizations and information that you are seeing in the portal:

  • Public Shares: Link to the Public Shares page, where you can manage your organization’s public shares, which are pages — within Kentik but accessible without authentication — that contain data and visualizations that you’d like to share with people who aren't registered Kentik users or aren't in your Kentik organization.
  • Report Subscriptions: Link to the Subscriptions page, where you can manage subscriptions, which are recurring reports that are emailed to specified recipients.
 
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Access & Security

The admin pages in this category enable you to control how your organization's users access Kentik and what they can do:

  • Manage Users: Links to the Users page (see User Admin), where you can see the Kentik users within your organization, manage their user level (Admin or Member), and filter the traffic data to which Members have access.
    Note: User-specific information and settings that control user-specific preferences are found in the User Profile, which is accessed from the drop-down User menu at the right of the portal's main navbar.
  • Single Sign-on: Links to the Single Sign-on page, where you can configure SSO, which enables you to maintain security without constantly entering credentials.
  • Access Control: Links to the Access Control page, where you can enhance security by specifying the IPs and subnets that are allowed access to Kentik's portal, agents, and APIs, as well as the Kentik Data Engine.
  • Audit Log: Links to the Audit Log page, where changes to your organization's Kentik environment (e.g. settings) are logged so you can see when they were made and who made them.
 
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Customizations

The admin pages in this category give you access to a variety of additional portal options:

  • Notifications: Links to the Notifications page, where you can specify how users are notified for insights (see Notifications in Threshold Controls). Each notification channel represents a notification mode (e.g. email) and one or more notification targets (e.g. a set of email addresses).
  • Mitigations: Links to the Configure Mitigations page, where you can configure mitigations to prevent undesirable traffic (e.g. a DDoS attack) from disrupting network availability.
  • Saved Filters: Links to the Saved Filters page, where you can create and manage saved filters that represent a set of filter conditions that you can store and apply at a later time.
  • Report Subscriptions: Links to the Subscriptions page, where you can enable the sending of reports from Kentik dashboards to recipients at specified email addresses.
  • Layout Preferences: Links to the Layout Preferences page, where you can override the v4 portal's default layout behavior on an individual-user basis.
  • Silent Model: Links to the Silent Mode page, which lists “patterns” that each represent a set of conditions (dimension/value pairs) that, when matched, will prevent alerts from triggering on matching traffic.
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