Lotus Domino 8 Monitoring and Maintenance

Course:  LD8MM
Duration:  2 Days
Level:  III
Course Summary

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 added to Domino 8.

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

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Topics Covered In This Course

Domino Server Logging

  • Monitoring Domino
  • Server Console
  • Domino Server Log
  • Logging levels
  • Log filter
  • Keeping the Domino Server Log file small
  • Exercise: Domino Server Log
  • Analyze\Log Document tool
  • Log Analysis tool
  • Exercise: Log Analysis tool
  • Even more logging opportunities

Server Statistics

  • Show Statistic command
  • Configuration information
  • Performance statistics
  • Memory statistics
  • Disk statistics
  • Network statistics
  • Replication statistics
  • 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

Database and Server Activity

  • Method 1: Basic database activity
  • Method 2: Database and user activity in the Domino Server Log
  • Method 3: Database Catalog
  • Exercise: Update Database 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

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

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

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 Domino Server Log
  • Monitoring Configuration Setup Wizards

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

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

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

Server and Database Maintenance

  • Recommended maintenance schedule
  • Corrupt documents
  • Database utilities
  • FIXUP NOTES.INI options
  • Corrupt view indexes
  • UPDALL logging options
  • Other ways to free disk space
  • 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-virus software
  • Server backup options
  • Backup software
  • What directories to back up
  • Open files
  • Exit a Server automatically
  • Backup frequency
  • Restore a deleted document

Performance Measurement and Improvement

  • Server.Load utility
  • Interpret Server.Load results
  • Performance-enhancing options
    • Tune operating system
    • Tune Domino server
    • Tune applications
    • Balance server workload
    • Optimize mail Inbox folders
    • Compress network traffic
    • Upgrade server hardware
    • Cluster servers
    • Dedicate Domino Servers
    • Upgrade clients and network
  • Learn more about Domino performance
What You Can Expect

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.
  • 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.
Who Should Take This Course

This course is designed for network/database administrators who are responsible for supporting Lotus Domino Servers and Notes clients.

Recommended Prerequisites
  • extensive experience using Notes 8
  • experience using Domino Administrator 8 to manage Domino servers
  • mastered the concept and skills covered in Verhoef's Lotus Domino 8 Administration Basics.
Training Style

Instructor led with labs.

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