Thursday, July 4, 2024

An Admin Present You Didn't Know You Needed

 Hi, welcome back to my burnt out blog. 1,500 posts and, well, I am kind of burnt out, but that doesn't stop me from giving to the community these little bits.

I'd like to write more but a lot of things have been internal client items that I can't write about, but I am active.

Preamble, excuses out of the way, so, who wants some goodies?

About 2 weeks ago, I gave an impromptu webinar for Openntf.org as a last-minute fill-in.

Openntf, for those that don't know, is the Notes/Domino+ community, where devs, admins, business people, HCL, and others share code and ideas, templates, and projects for the benefit of the greater worldwide community.

I wanted to inform people that monitoring Tasks in the Administrator client has some changes.

Why is this important? Because unless you are a 1 server company, you have a lot of information to remember, such as:

  1. How do you know if DBMT ran? 
  2. How do you know which server Certmgr runs on?
  3. Which web server do you run the Domino REST API on?
  4. Which server handles your Backups and Restores, presuming you leverage the v14 options?
  5. Is NOMAD running?
  6. Is your DirSync working?
  7. Are you sure the awesome OnTime Group calendar is running?
  8. Have you enabled Aautoupdate yet? One look and you know.
Intriguing questions, right?

Between v9 and v12, nothing changed in the tasks that could be monitored. Traveler seems to have been the last item added, and that was from 8.5, but it found its way into the Monitoring Dashboard in v9.

Now comes v14 and HCl has cleared out some older items, like x500 info and the Fax server....but did not add any of the newer tasks that have come along since v9.

To be fair to HCL, it is not as simple as a few fields and renaming a file.

But fear not my fellow Admins, for I have not only explained it all in my presentation, which you can watch over here on the Openntf YouTube page, I have made the tasks available for everyone to update their Admin Monitoring Dashboard.

If you just want the slides, go here.

And because I know you are probably as lazy as I am, I have made the forms available with instructions to help you get more from your Monitoring Dashboard.

Go get the tasks from my Openntf project over here.

If I missed a task that is not listed, let me know, and I will update the project database.