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Lotus Domino 8.5.1 Monitoring and Maintenance
Lotus Training Overview

This course covers all aspects of monitoring and maintaining a Domino Server. Domino’s self-monitoring capabilities have expanded with each revision, the latest being Domino Domain Monitoring.

With this knowledge you will better understand the recommendations on how to increase server reliability and improve server and database performance.

Lotus Training Learning Objectives

In this course, you will learn how to:
  • Use the Domino Server Log to focus on specific operational areas, adjust various logging levels, apply log filters, and use the Log Analysis tool to identify particular server events over time.
  • View statistical counters related to server performance and capacity, collect statistics from multiple servers, chart specific statistics in real time, and chart past statistics to get a sense of emerging trends.
  • Use several methods to view database and server activity including the granular server and database activity data provided by the Activity Trends Collector Server, which can be reported as current observations and historical trends.
  • Monitor overall server and individual task status and health.
  • Define Event Generators to keep watch on many aspects of how Domino is running, and define Event Handlers to respond to the events.
  • Configure Domino Domain Monitoring to automate problem analysis and provide possible solutions and corrective actions to quickly resolve issues.
  • Evaluate server settings according to best practices using the Domino Configuration Tuner.
  • Start Domino under the Domino Controller and then use the Domino Console to remotely control the server as well as issue operating system shell commands on the remote server computer.
  • Configure Domino to automatically restart after a crash and how to collect diagnostic files following a crash in a central repository for further analysis.
  • Perform routine maintenance on the server and to recover from database corruption using various database utilities.
  • Run server tasks, including database utilities, on a schedule using Program documents.
  • Determine which anti-virus and backup software packages are available for Domino.
  • Learn how to use the Server.Load utility to stress a server so that you can monitor its performance as you fine tune its settings, optimize applications, balance workload between servers, optimize the Domino Directory, and enable network compression.
  • Determine when to upgrade the server hardware and understand which changes affect different aspects of performance.
  • Decide when to cluster servers to benefit from automatic failover and load balancing.
  • Configure servers to assume specialized roles, such as mail routing or replication hub, mail, directory, remote office, etc.
Lotus Training Audience

This course is designed for new Lotus Notes users who can: This course is part of a series of Domino administration training courses. Follow these paths to master all aspects of administering the Domino Server, Lotus Notes, and other clients:

Courses later in the series assume that you have mastered the content of earlier courses.

This course is designed for network/database administrators who are responsible for supporting Lotus Domino Servers and Notes clients. It assumes that you have:
  • extensive experience using Notes
  • experience using Domino Administrator to manage Domino servers
  • mastered the concept and skills covered in Lotus Domino Administration Basics
You will find the course especially rewarding if you have already installed a Domino Server and a handful of Notes clients and have had some experience designing Domino databases.

Lotus Training Course duration

This course is sold as a 2-day course.

Course design

This course combines concept presentations, demonstrations, and exercises to guide your learning. Though designed for instructor-lead classes, with the proper equipment and software individuals can also use this course for self-study.

Please consult the Set Up document for this course to make sure the correct environment is in place before starting the course.

Lotus Training Course outline

Topic 1: Server Logging
  • Monitoring Domino
  • Server Console
  • Server Log
  • Logging levels
  • Log filter
  • Keeping the Server Log file small
  • Exercise: Server Log
  • Analyze\Log Document tool
  • Log Analysis tool
  • Exercise: Log Analysis tool
  • Even more logging opportunities
Topic 2: Server Statistics
  • Show Statistic command
  • Configuration information
  • Performance statistics
  • Memory statistics
  • Disk statistics
  • Network statistics
  • Replication statistics
  • DAOS
  • Administration Process (adminp)
  • Platform statistics
  • Reset statistics
  • Statistics graphical interface
  • Exercise: Statistics
  • Collect statistics in Monitoring Results
  • Exercise: Collect statistics and read reports
  • Configure Domino Administrator to collect statistics
  • Exercise: Local statistic collection
  • Realtime statistics chart
  • Chart options
  • Exercise: Realtime statistic chart
  • Historical chart
  • Exercise: Historical chart
  • Windows Performance Monitor
Topic 3: Database and Server Activity
  • Method 1: Basic database activity
  • Method 2: Database and user activity in the Server Log
  • Method 3: Application Catalog
  • Exercise: Update Application Catalog
  • Method 4: Activity logging
  • Exercise: Enable activity logging
  • Run Analyze\Activity tool
  • Exercise: Run Analyze\Activity tool
  • Method 5: Database analysis
  • Method 6: Activity Trends
  • Configure Activity Trends
Topic 4: Server Status and Monitoring
  • Server Status
  • Server Monitoring
  • Start monitoring
  • Change list of servers to monitor
  • Save server list to profile
  • Monitoring window
  • Column sorting
  • Switch tabs to find details
  • Two monitoring views
  • Add tasks to monitor
  • Add statistics to monitor
  • Monitoring preferences
  • Polling time recommendations
  • Exercise: Server Monitoring
  • Server Health Monitor
  • Enable Server Health Monitoring
  • View health metrics
  • Recommendations to restore health
  • Exercise: Server Health Monitoring
Topic 5: Statistics Event Generators and Event Handlers
  • Example Event Generator and Event Handler
  • Required server tasks
  • Event Generators overview
  • Statistics Event Generators
  • Event Handlers overview
  • Event Handler for a specific Event Generator
  • View logged Events
Topic 6: Non-Statistics Event Generators
  • Database Event Generator
  • Exercise: Monitor ACL changes
  • Exercise: Monitor replication failure
  • Domino Server Event Generator
  • Mail Event Generator
  • Task Status Event Generator
  • TCP Server Event Generator
  • Global versus specific Event Handlers
  • Evolve to type and severity level handlers
  • Specific Event Handlers
  • Create Event Handler from Remote Server Console
  • Create Event Handler from Server Log
  • Monitoring Configuration Setup Wizards
Topic 7: Domino Domain Monitoring
  • Review of Event Generator probes
  • DDM objectives
  • Compatibility and platforms
  • Key elements of DDM
  • Probe areas
  • DDM probe views
  • Create DDM probe
  • Exercise: Define DDM probes
  • Scheduled probes chart
  • Probe results in the Domino Domain Monitor database
  • Domino Domain Monitor ACL
  • Domino Domain Monitor interface
  • DDM Event document
  • Automatic Report Closing (Administration Probe subtype)
  • Exercise: Read DDM events
  • Manually run a DDM probe
  • DDM Server Collection Hierarchy
  • Create a DDM Server Collection Hierarchy
  • DDM replication
  • DDM data collection failure
  • DDM Filters
  • Tivoli Enterprise Console Server settings
  • Shared modular documents
  • Administration preference
Topic 8: Domino Configuration Tuner
  • Domino Domain Monitoring and DCT
  • DCT availability
  • Open DCT application
  • Run New Scan
  • View Results
  • Results document
  • Preferences
Topic 9: Domino Controller and Console
  • Advantages of the Domino Console
  • Advantages of the Domino Controller
  • Installation and configuration
  • Operate the Domino Controller and Console
  • Commands
  • Issue command to multiple servers
  • Periodic commands
  • Server access fields
Topic 10: Server Recovery and Diagnostic Collection
  • Automatic Server Recovery
  • Caveats
  • Configure Automatic Server Recovery and diagnostic collection
  • Server Fast Restart
  • Automatic Diagnostic Collection
  • Diagnostic reports
  • Interpreting NSD output files
  • Send diagnostic data to IBM
  • NSD as a Windows service
  • DDM event
  • Third-party recovery tool
Topic 11: Server and Database Maintenance
  • Recommended maintenance schedule
  • Corrupt documents
  • Database utilities
  • FIXUP NOTES.INI options
  • Corrupt view indexes
  • UPDALL logging options
  • If all else fails
  • Indirect (.IND) and < files
  • Program documents
  • Exercise: Run FIXUP from a Program document
  • When server starts agent trigger
  • System-level maintenance
  • Anti-malware software
  • Server backup options
  • What directories to back up
  • Open files
  • Exit a Server automatically
  • Backup frequency
  • Backup software
  • Restore a deleted document
Topic 12: Performance Measurement and Improvement
  • Server.Load utility
  • Interpret Server.Load results
  • Performance-enhancing options
  • Option 1: Tune operating system
  • Option 2: Tune Domino server
  • Option 3: Tune applications
  • Option 4: Balance server workload
  • Option 5: Optimize mail Inbox folders
  • Option 6: Compress network traffic
  • Option 7: Upgrade server hardware
  • Option 8: Cluster servers
  • Option 9: Dedicated Domino Servers
  • Option 10: Upgrade clients and network
  • Learn more about Domino performance

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