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Concepts Guide — Chapter 9

Administrating and Monitoring MarkLogic Server

This chapter describes the tools available for configuring and monitoring a MarkLogic cluster. The topics are as followings:

Administration Interface

The Administraton Interface (Admin Interface) is graphic user interface for managing MarkLogic Server and is implemented as a web application that runs in your browser.

With the Admin Interface, you can complete any of the following tasks:

  • Manage basic software configuration
  • Create and configure groups
  • Create and manage databases
  • Create and manage new forests
  • Back up and restore forest content
  • Create and manage new web server and Java-language access paths
  • Create and manage security configurations
  • Tune system performance
  • Configure namespaces and schemas
  • Check the status of resources on your systems

Users with the admin role, known as authorized administrators, are trusted personnel and are assumed to be non-hostile, appropriately trained, and follow proper administrative procedures.

For detailed procedures on using the Admin Interface, see the Administrator's Guide.

Administration APIs

The MarkLogic Admin APIs provide a flexible toolkit for creating new and managing existing configurations of MarkLogic Server. The Admin APIs take the following forms:

  • XQuery Functions
  • Server-side JavaScript Functions
  • REST Resources

The common use cases of the Admin APIs include.

  • Configuring multiple, identical instances of MarkLogic Server (across a cluster or multiple clusters and/or to maintain consistency between develpment, certification and production environments).
  • Automating Server Maintenance. For example, backups based on criteria other than a schedule.
  • Managing server resources. For example, delete-only forest rotation.
  • Making Bulk Updates to Server Configuration. For example, changing roles across a large subgroup of users.
  • Generating notifications (log and/or email) for specific server events.

The Scripting Administrative Tasks Guide provides code samples that demonstrate the various uses of the MarkLogic Server Administration APIs.

Configuration Management

The MarkLogic Server Configuration Manager allows you to export and import the configuration settings for MarkLogic Server resources. A resource is a MarkLogic Server object, such as a database, forest, App Server, group or host.

The Configuration Manager provides the following capabilities:

  • Allow non-admin users read-only access to configuration settings for databases, forests, groups, hosts, and App Servers.
  • Easily search for resources and configuration settings.
  • Safely review settings in read-only mode, then jump directly to the resource in the Admin Interface to modify the settings. (Administrative privileges are required to modify settings).
  • Export all or part of a MarkLogic Server configuration to a zip folder.
  • Import a configuration. Importing a configuration allows you to compare the imported configuration against your current server configuration, modify the imported configuration, and apply the imported configuration to your server.
  • Rollback an imported configuration to restore the original configuration.

For details on the Configuration Manager, see Using the Configuration Manager in the Administrator's Guide.

Monitoring Tools

MarkLogic provides a rich set of monitoring features that include pre-configured monitoring and monitoring history dashboards, plugins that allow you to monitor MarkLogic with Nagios, and a Management API that allows you to integrate MarkLogic with existing monitoring applications or create your own custom monitoring applications.

In general, you will use a monitoring tool for the following:

  • To keep track of the day-to-day operations of your MarkLogic Server environment in realtime.
  • Capture historical performance metrics.
  • For initial capacity planning and fine-tuning your MarkLogic Server environment. For details on how to configure your MarkLogic Server cluster, see the Scalability, Availability, and Failover Guide.
  • To troubleshoot application performance problems. For details on how to troubleshoot and resolve performance issues, see the Query Performance and Tuning Guide.
  • To troubleshoot application errors and failures.

MarkLogic includes the following monitoring tools:

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