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Activity logging on your Lotus Domino server

Learn about the key to analyzing data on your Lotus Domino server -- activity logging.

The following is tip #1 from "Managing Lotus Domino servers -- 15 tips in 15 minutes," excerpted from Chapter 14 of the book Lotus Notes and Domino 6 System Administrator Exam Cram 2, published by Sams Publishing.

The key to analyzing data on a Lotus Domino server is the ability to log the information. This process is known as activity logging. To set up activity logging on the Lotus Domino server, follow these steps:

  1. Select the Configuration tab on the Domino Administrator.
  2. Select the Server tab and select Configurations in the task pane. Select Edit Configuration in the results pane to open the document.
  3. Open the Activity Logging tab and select the Activity Logging Is Enabled check box to open the selection criteria available for the Activity Logging tab.
  4. Select the enable logging type to be logged. Valid selections include:
    • Domino.AGENT
    • Domino.HTTP
    • Domino.IMAP
    • Domino.LDAP
    • Domino.POP3
    • Domino.SMTP.Session
    • Domino.SMTP.Message
    • Domino.Notes.Database
    • Domino.Notes.Passthru
    • Domino.Notes.Session
    • Domino.REPLICA
    • Domino.MAIL


  5. Select a time for the checkpoint interval (choose either Log Checkpoint at Midnight or Log Checkpoint for Prime Shift).
  6. Select the Activity Trends tab, and then select the Basics tab (see Figure 14.1).
  7. In the Activity Trends Basic Configuration section, select the Enable Activity Trends Collector check box.
  8. In the Activity Trends Collector Database path, enter the name of the database to be used. The default name is ACTIVITY.NSF.
  9. Enter the time to run the task in the Time of Day to Run Activity Trends Collector field.
  10. Select the days of the week to run the task.
  11. In the Activity Trends Data Profile Option section, "Use Defaults" is selected by default. Deselecting the Use Defaults check box provides the following options:
    • Trends Cardinal Interval
    • Observation Time Bucket Seconds
    • Maximum Observation List Size
    • Trends History Interval

    Figure 1
    Figure 14.1 The Activity Trends tab is used to determine when the collector will gather information.

  12. Select the Retention tab. To change the default retention period, deselect the Use Defaults check box and change the retention time.
  13. Select the Proxy Data tab. A free form box is available to enter a list of databases that can be searched for activity data when requested by Administrator clients.
  14. Click Save & Close when all selections have been made.

After the document has been saved, navigate to the Server tab in the Administrator client, navigate to the Analysis tab, and select Analyze from the Tools pane on the right. After the Analyze tab has been opened, select Activity to open the Server Activity Analysis dialog box (see Figure 14.2). Select the activity types to log (all are selected by default) and the start and end dates. The final step is to select the log database (if you plan to use anything except for the Activity Analysis database). Click OK to save your changes. The Activity Analysis database opens automatically so that collected data can be viewed.

Figure 2
Figure 14.2 The Server Activity Analysis dialog box is used to select the activity types to log.

Managing Lotus Domino servers
 Home: Introduction
 Tip 1: Activity logging on your Lotus Domino server
 Tip 2: Applying policy documents on your Lotus Domino server
 Tip 3: Automating Lotus Domino server tasks
 Tip 4: Changing access levels on your Lotus Domino server
 Tip 5: Configuring Domino network names on your Lotus Domino server
 Tip 6: Decommissioning a Lotus Domino server
 Tip 7: Defining a backup process on your Lotus Domino server
 Tip 8: Enabling protocols on your Lotus Domino server
 Tip 9: Enabling transaction logging on your Lotus Domino server
 Tip 10: Identifying a registration server on your Lotus Domino server
 Tip 11: Implementing directories on your Lotus Domino server
 Tip 12: Recertifying a Lotus Domino server ID
 Tip 13: Using the Domain Search tool on your Lotus Domino server
 Tip 14: Setting up authentications on your Lotus Domino server
 Tip 15: Prepare for your Lotus Domino server exam

This chapter excerpt from Lotus Notes and Domino 6 System Administrator Exam Cram 2, by Karen Fishwick and Tony Aveyard, is printed with permission from Sams Publishing, Copyright 2005. Click here for the chapter download.

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