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This page has sections for enabling usage collection and the events it reports, data collection
settings in terms of a path for the local usage logs (as well as their size limit), enabling health
data collection, scheduling health data snapshots, and logging, as well as specifics about the
The first three sections of this configuration page are Usage Data Collection, Event Selection,
and Usage Data Collection Settings (Figure 3.37).
Usage data collection gathers all the events for a given set of events (that you can configure)
so that data can be analyzed and reported on to better understand SharePoint’s usage. Keep in
mind that usage analysis takes up a lot of resources, which is why, later in the page, it’s
important to have a schedule for it to use.
1. Click the Enable Usage Data Collection box in order to enable this service (that will put a
check in the box).
2. In the Event section, there are a number of events that usage data collection can use to
generate reports. It is generally a good thing to enable as much data gathering as
possible during the early days of a deployment (especially if you are in testing) to set a
baseline and find any issues early. For that reason, I am leaving practically all of the events
enabled in this section. After you have gotten your baseline information and developed a
feel for what events you don’t need to gather information on, then you can come back and
disable them. One event that can safely be disabled from the start is Rating Usage, which
is not used for SharePoint Foundation.