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Customer is inquiring about PMF usage. What is the best way to do this? Is Resource Analyzer the way to go? Is their anything in PMF that tells of usage?

Any ideas? opinions? experiences? please share

Merci


-PMF 5.1.2
-WebFOCUS 7.6.9 on Windows 2003 Server
-MSSQL Server
 
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What specifically do you mean by "usage?" Whether people are using PMF, or the load on the environment?


Bob Jude Ferrante
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WebFOCUS Performance Management
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I'll take any questions about PMF - business or technical - anytime!

 
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People using PMF .
Merci


-PMF 5.1.2
-WebFOCUS 7.6.9 on Windows 2003 Server
-MSSQL Server
 
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They want to track which measure is being displayed..


-PMF 5.1.2
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Only way to do this would be to turn on resource analyzer and filter requests to the record detail. MEASURE_SERIES_NAME is the field that contains the measure name.


Bob Jude Ferrante
Director of Business and Development
WebFOCUS Performance Management
Bob_Ferrante@ibi.com
917-339-5105

I'll take any questions about PMF - business or technical - anytime!

 
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A couple of questions concerning monitoring

1. Is their a fex that determines when a user logs on to PMF ?

2. How would I go about extracting user information , in terms of userid and the scorecard they are associated to?

Merci.


-PMF 5.1.2
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-MSSQL Server
 
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PMF is totally non-persistent. No application process runs on the server unless a user makes a request.

There are two FOCEXECs that always run when you run PMF:

showtody.fex runs when a user logs on and displays the Today page (this FOCEXEC must be run when a user logs on - that's why the Today page is always the leftmost).

filters.fex runs every time the server is called.

From either of these you could put in code to write tracing information to a file. Note that you would want to write that file to a secure location since it might contain things like user IDs. Which file you used would depend on how frequently you wanted to monitor user activity. And of course this is WebFOCUS so you could do things any way you like.

thanks


Bob Jude Ferrante
Director of Business and Development
WebFOCUS Performance Management
Bob_Ferrante@ibi.com
917-339-5105

I'll take any questions about PMF - business or technical - anytime!

 
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Users are their scorecard associations are stored in several files. PMF does put the default scorecard and user ID in the cookie during showtody.fex processing. It's not clear what you're looking for. If you want to know every scorecard a user can access, when do you want to know it? If you have Functional Security set to Scorecard (S) mode, which is the default, users are enabled via the Scorecard access panel, and of course anyone with an Admin Functional Role that allows Admin access to Scorecards can see all Scorecards.

If you have Functional Security set to General(G) mode, every user has a default Scorecard, and they can also see any shared Scorecards, and of course anyone with an Admin Functional Role that allows Admin access to Scorecards can see all Scorecards.

By the way, showtody.fex is in the MRE app folder for PMF. It is not in mainstreet.


Bob Jude Ferrante
Director of Business and Development
WebFOCUS Performance Management
Bob_Ferrante@ibi.com
917-339-5105

I'll take any questions about PMF - business or technical - anytime!

 
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Excellent!

Merci et bonne fin de semaine !


-PMF 5.1.2
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Hi Bob,

I am having to create a similar type of report. I was able to get the data from a Resource Analyzer table. Just PRINTing the records sorted by user, often the users they have 2 records with the exact same run date and time. Why would this occur?

Thank you.


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Unknown. Artifact of RA probably. I'd check with the PMs for RA, not being an RA person myself.

Note that if you're running WebFOCUS 7.6 RA will use up a lot of resources on your server when running PMF and could affect performance. RA is a fairly brute force way to monitor users; it looks at every DB query that's performed. Since PMF queries are pre-tuned and prevent large data volumes from being downloaded, there's little gain from that level of introspection. But it's your system and you can do what you like with it.

Tip: For a more lightweight way to check on user logins if you're doing SSO - trying passing the login request through a little PHP monitor log program. You can report on the resulting XML using WebFOCUS.

thanks


Bob Jude Ferrante
Director of Business and Development
WebFOCUS Performance Management
Bob_Ferrante@ibi.com
917-339-5105

I'll take any questions about PMF - business or technical - anytime!

 
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This PMF data is refreshed each time a person logs onto PMF or does something in PMF, correct? Just want to be sure, because it appears that either it's not being refreshed or Resource Analzer somehow stopped capturing the data.

Thank you.


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Data is not necessarily refreshed in PMF unless a user changes something.

- User prefs on dashboards (Today tab)
- Adding Feedback or creating or updating Tasks
- Creating and defining Saved content in Analysis Designer
- Alerts getting fired
- Schedule This and Alert Wizard
- And of course, any changes made in any panel on Author, Strategy or Manage tab

Tried to be pretty comprehensive here - that seems to be it but might have left something out.

Hope this helps.

thanks


Bob Jude Ferrante
Director of Business and Development
WebFOCUS Performance Management
Bob_Ferrante@ibi.com
917-339-5105

I'll take any questions about PMF - business or technical - anytime!

 
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Thanks, Bob. As always, you are a great help and very much appreciated.


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Bob, I was given a request to get counts of how many times a gadget is used and by whom.

What is the best way to go about this? Do I need to track this similar to the way we track how many times the showtody.fex is executed? The concern I have with this approach is that everytime a new gadget is created, this gadget tracking focexec would need to be updated. I would like to be able to create one focexec for this task that would not need this type of maintenance.

Thank you.


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