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Business Data Connectivity is now ready for external data types to be configured. You’ll need
SharePoint Designer 2010 (the 2007 version won’t work), Visual Studio 2010, or some coding
experience to do that. Since SharePoint Designer (or SPD as it’s called) is free and works great
for setting up at least your basic external content types, I will be using it to demonstrate using
external content types with the BDC to make external lists in Chapter 16.
Now that we have Business Data Connectivity configured and running, it’s time to enable
Health and Usage data collection before finally creating our web application and site collection.
These services are not absolutely required, but they are important enough to make it a habit
to configure them at the installation of any self-respecting SharePoint farm.
Enabling Usage and Health Data Collection
SharePoint has essentially two options to gather data: diagnostic logging and the Usage and
Health data collection. Diagnostic logging works entirely on the server; the logs are stored there,
and the events are presented there. The Usage and Health data collection is different. When you
enable that set of features, it requires a database to be created in SQL (along with all the others
for SharePoint). The analysis of the data itself can be resource-consuming, so be sure to schedule
it for nonpeak hours.
To enable and configure data collection settings for usage and health, click Monitoring in the
Quick Launch bar, and then click Configure Usage And Health Data Collection in the Reporting
This will open the configuration page for usage and health (named Configure Web Analytics
And Health Data Collection, just to confuse you). This is one of those pages with a lot of
settings, but for our purposes there are only two settings you want to change—currently the Usage
and Health data collection is not enabled; you just have to enable it. Most of the other settings
are correct as the defaults and can be altered later.