In the previous article "A 3-step approach to audit your Alfresco", we have highlighted the importance of performing a regular audit of your Intelligent Information Platform to evaluate the performance and effectiveness.
- JMX dumps and inconsistencies - JMX dumps are a treasure trove of information about an Alfresco system. They contain most of the actual settings and internal properties plus other valuable information that will help you diagnose and troubleshoot problems in your system.
- Log collection and centralization - These centralized logs makes it possible to track down requests that took longer than expected. In one specific case, the culprit was a WebDAV mount configuration for the “User Homes” directory, which had a lot of subfolders. By making this correction we were able to lower the load on the system.
Ease Maintenance & Upgrades
The complexity around the ECM design leads to tricky situations where upgrading becomes risky, time & budget-consuming activities. Therefore, our customers tend to delay those and eventually reach even worse situations. An audit helps to identify the difficulties lying in the path for an upgrade.By auditing your Alfresco with us you will get, among others:
- Recommendation on DevOps tooling and fine-tuning of the DevOps chain, this saves time whenever you want to make a change/or an upgrade
- Upgrade path, describing the right path and the actions to follow to upgrade your Alfresco
Improve Governance & Security
- By analyzing the JMX dump of a multi-node cluster that was deployed manually, we could track down manual configuration mismatches between different nodes. As result, our customers were able to automate the configuration process reducing by 100% manual errors.
- Using Alfred Telemetry, part of our Alfred Ops Suite, we gathered metrics on Alfresco and Solr nodes. These metrics were useful to adapt the system architecture to better match the real needs of the system. We improved the search performance by advising our customers to reduce the number of Solr instances but with better CPU utilization.