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MOSS 2007 Usage Analysis Processing Performance

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  • Hi, we just enabled usage analysis processing today, and I had a few questions that I didn't see answered on Technet or anywhere else.

    Basically, should we be concerned with a performance hit if usage analysis processing is run in the middle of the day? What does this processing do, exactly?

    I assume it is the "Usage Analysis" timer job? If so then the scheduled processing time in Central Admin would be the server time (for us GMT, even though we're in Japan)?

    Looks like the "Usage Analysis" timer jobs ran on the FE and App servers at 10-11 this morning local time, which would be the time scheduled time in Central Admin, GMT.

    Thanks,

    Chris

    Monday, June 06, 2011 7:49 AM

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  • Hi,

    If you want to use the usage analysis features for your server, you must enable the usage analysis logging process. Log files are created daily to track usage information. When the log file is processed, a flag is added to indicate that is has been processed. If you do not want to track usage analysis data and you want to conserve disk space, you can turn off data logging for usage analysis.

    By default, the log files are set to be processed every day at 1:00 A.M. You can schedule the usage log to be processed at a more convenient downtime for your Web sites. If your Web sites are primarily used by internal employees, for example, you might schedule the log to be processed at night, when demand on the sites is lower than during working hours. If you have multiple servers, you can stagger the processing.

    The Microsoft SharePoint Timer service, a background utility, handles scheduled jobs in Windows SharePoint Services. This utility is installed to your Web server when you set up Windows SharePoint Services. The SharePoint Timer service relies on the Gregorian calendar for scheduling. For every job you schedule, you must specify a beginning time for that job based on a 24-hour clock. You specify the time in local time versus an offset from Universal Coordinated Time (UCT), and the time is stored in that format as well.

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    • Marked as answer by chriswight Wednesday, June 08, 2011 12:16 AM
    Tuesday, June 07, 2011 6:55 AM

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  • Hi,

    If you want to use the usage analysis features for your server, you must enable the usage analysis logging process. Log files are created daily to track usage information. When the log file is processed, a flag is added to indicate that is has been processed. If you do not want to track usage analysis data and you want to conserve disk space, you can turn off data logging for usage analysis.

    By default, the log files are set to be processed every day at 1:00 A.M. You can schedule the usage log to be processed at a more convenient downtime for your Web sites. If your Web sites are primarily used by internal employees, for example, you might schedule the log to be processed at night, when demand on the sites is lower than during working hours. If you have multiple servers, you can stagger the processing.

    The Microsoft SharePoint Timer service, a background utility, handles scheduled jobs in Windows SharePoint Services. This utility is installed to your Web server when you set up Windows SharePoint Services. The SharePoint Timer service relies on the Gregorian calendar for scheduling. For every job you schedule, you must specify a beginning time for that job based on a 24-hour clock. You specify the time in local time versus an offset from Universal Coordinated Time (UCT), and the time is stored in that format as well.

    Seven Ma

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    • Marked as answer by chriswight Wednesday, June 08, 2011 12:16 AM
    Tuesday, June 07, 2011 6:55 AM
  • Thanks for the reply. I guess the "Usage Processing" timer jobs are controlled by the "Usage Analysis Processing" schedule in Central Admin, as the jobs ran at the new scheduled time.
    • Edited by Mike Walsh FIN Wednesday, June 08, 2011 6:41 AM Indication of a new question coming removed. This thread is finished and the question here answered.
    Wednesday, June 08, 2011 12:19 AM