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Dear Folks,

 

Just wanted to share some of the groundwork I did with BusinessObjects monitoring.BusinessObjects monitoring application helps administrators to identify if an application is functioning normally and response times are as expected.It also allows them to

  • Check the performance of each server
  • View the recent failures on the dashboard screen
  • Check system availability and response time
  • Analyze peak load and peak period for the CMS

 

Frequently used terms in monitoring

 

Dashboard


The Dashboard page provides a centralized view for the system administrator to monitor the performance of all servers. It provides real-time information on the system KPIs, recent alerts, watches, and corresponding graphs based on the watch state.

 

Metrics


Metrics are foundation of the monitoring engine. A metric in its simplest definition is something to be measured. There are bunches and bunches of them predefined in the system such as CPU’s, CPU Utilization for the last 15 minutes, Total Memory, Number of Deadlocked Jobs.

 

Probes


Probes monitor different services and simulate the different functionalities of SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise components. By scheduling probes to run at specified intervals, the system administrator can track the availability and performance of key services provided by SAP BusinessObjects BI platform

 

Watch


Watches provide real-time status and historical trends of servers and workflows within the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform environment. Users can associate thresholds and alerts to a watch. You can create a watch using data from probes, servers or Derived Metrics.

 

Alert


An alert is a notification generated by the monitoring application, when a user-defined threshold value set for different metrics applied to a watch is breached. You can choose to receive alerts either through Email or view on the "Dashboard" page.


 

Below are all some of the probes and metrics that are utilized for monitoring in our environment.

 

List of probes


Probe Name

Probe Description

Schedule plan

CMS DB Connection

This probe tests the availability of the repository database

Every 30 mins

CMS Ping

This probe sends an empty query to the CMS and check for its response.

Every 30 mins

CMS Logon Logoff

This probe tests the availability of the CMS and the ability of users to log on to the system through client applications.

Every 30 mins

Info View Probe

This probe will log in to the BI Launch Pad using an account and authentication type you specify.

Every 30 mins

Crystal Reports Service

This probe will run a Crystal report using page and Cache Servers or RAS and track how long it takes to refresh it.

Every 30 mins

Interactive Analysis

This probe will run a Web Intelligence report and track how long it takes to refresh it.

Every 30 mins

Start Stop Servers

It will stop and start all of your servers.

Weekly

 

 

List of Metrics (Shortlisted based on applicability)

Servers

Metrics

Core

Crystal

WebI

Dashboard

Schedule frequency

Central Management Server

Input File Repository

Output File Repository

Connection Server

Crystal Reports Cache Server

Crystal Reports Processing Server

Adaptive Job Server

Adaptive Processing Server

Web Intelligence Processing Server

Dashboards Cache Server

Dashboards Processing Server

Health State

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

30 mins

Server Running State

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

30 mins

Server Enabled State

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

30 mins

Busy Server Threads

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

30 mins

Disk Size

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

X

X

30 mins

CPU Usage Percentage last 15 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

30 mins

CPU Usage Percentage last 5 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

30 mins

Total Disk Space in Root Directory (GB)

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 mins

Free Disk Space in Root Directory (GB)

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 mins

CPU Usage (%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

30 mins

Virtual memory size (MB)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

30 mins

 

                                                                           X - represents the applicability.

 

     We will see more in detail about scheduling of probes and metrics, creating watches and alerting in my upcoming blogs.

 

     Looking for your valuable feedback.  Thanks for reading.

 

 

SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 Monitoring Blogs

 

SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 Monitoring Configuration - Part(1)

SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 Monitoring Configuration - Part(2)

SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 Monitoring Configuration - Part(3)

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