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SharePoint 2016 Central Admin – Monitoring – Configure usage and health data collection

When you click on the Configure usage and health data collection link, you will be landed on Configure usage and health data collection page. This page will give an option to the configure the usage data and health collection for SharePoint farm.


Configure usage and health data collection page’s direct link: /_admin/LogUsage.aspx

As a SharePoint administrator, knowing about the health of SharePoint farm is an important thing. To get the current health & state of our SharePoint farm, SharePoint offer a service application called Usage and Health data collection service. This service application continuously monitor the usage and health of SharePoint, also write the data into logging folder and usage database. We can configure the Log path and logging database when we configuring the usage service application.

In SharePoint 2016, a wide range of data being collected using the Health and Usage service i.e. event logs, Performance counter, administrator actions, Search usage, sandbox usage & performance, Site collection usage, timer service monitoring etc.

Couple of things keep in mind.

  • Be-careful, while selecting the event to logs. Logging uses system resources and can affect performance and disk usage. For troubleshooting or temporary reports, we can add more events into logging for short period to avoid any performance issue.
  • This is farm-wide settings, we cannot configure it for a single server or single web application.
  • Not all the options available via central admin, we have to use the PowerShell command for more configuration options.
  • If you want to change the logging data then you have to use the powershell i.e Set-SPUsageApplication
  • There is a bug when we provisioned the Usage and Health data service application, the proxy is stopped. We have to use to powershell to provision the proxy. Here is sample code:

$UsageAppProxy = Get-SPServiceApplicationProxy | Where {$_.TypeName -eq “Usage and Health Data Collection Proxy”}

$UsageAppProxy.Provision()

In this article, we will walk through the steps to properly configured the Usage and Health data service application.

To Configure Usage and Health Data service

To configure the usage and health data service, please follow the below steps.

  • Login to Central admin with account member of farm administrator group and also local admin on the server.
  • Go to the Monitoring > Configure Usage and Health data collection.
  • On this Page please enter the required information
    • Usage Data Collection: Check this check box. This will enable the usagedata collectoin.
    • Event Selection: In this section, we can select all events or selective events. Be careful while selecting the events, as this will cause performance issue some times.
    • Usage Data Collection Settings: In this section, please enter the location on the server where usage logs will be stored. It is always recommended don’t use the system drive for the to store the logs file.
    • Health Data collection: Check the Enable Health data collection.enabling this will allow sharepoint to build the reports. You can also confiure the schedule of the health related timer jobs. If you click on Health Logging Schedule then you can the change the shceudle.
    • Log Collection Schedule: In this section, we can configure the timer jobs schedule which will collectect the logs file from the all the servers and copy over to the usage database.
    • Logging Database Server: In this section, we have to give the Database Server Name and DB Name. For usage & health server, always use the windows authentication.
    • Click OK.
  • Now wait for couple of minutes.
  • Once it created the service application then it will bring you on the monitoring page.

Now, if you go the Central admin > Application management > Mange Service Application. You will see the Usage service application is provisioned.

This conclude this article, in this article we learn the purpose of Usage and Health data service application and how to configure it.

Keep learning and enjoying SharePoint.

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