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OnBase Troubleshooting
Greg Wheeler, Customer Care Team Manager
What went wrong?
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Something is misconfigured
Bad data causes recurring errors
Your specific environment causes a strange problem with the
software
A performance bottleneck causes errors
Custom Code is failing
You may have discovered a bug in the software
Two sample scenarios
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Documents stopped appearing in a Workflow queue
“Problem with the environment”
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Unity Client error/ performance troubleshooting
“Problem with the software’s behavior”
(based on actual Customer Care Team solved cases)
Scenario #1: Where are my files?
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Users report that a Workflow queue that normally contains
documents is empty
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These Files are images that are released from another system
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Just started this morning!
Uh, where are they?
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Where do we start?
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Most problems are way too big—we need to make them smaller
and more manageable/testable
Data Collection
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need to know what the user, application, script
or service was doing
 We need to try to differentiate between a coding,
data or environmental cause
 Can it be reproduced at will? What about in another
environment?
 What do the logs say?
Narrowing an issue down
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Is it a problem with thick client, Core Services, or both?
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What servers can we take out of the equation?
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What modules can we eliminate?
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What functionality can we exclude?
Diskgroup Storage (SAN)
OnBase Thick Client
(Workflow TImers)
Unity Client
Application Server
OnBase Thick Client
(DIP)
Database Server
SMB/CIFS
Diskgroup Storage (SAN)
OnBase Thick Client
(Workflow TImers)
HTTP
Unity Client
ODBC
Application Server
OnBase Thick Client
(DIP)
Database Server
First Step: Is Workflow…working?
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Is it limited to this queue/lifecycle in Workflow, or are there others
affected?
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Diskgroup Storage
OnBase Thick Client
(Workflow TImers)
Application Server
OnBase Thick Client
(DIP)
Database Server
Thoughts
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We see timers are working – We see other documents moving
around
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We can look at the timer machine to make sure THIS timer is still
running
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Let’s trace further back
Is DIP…you know, DIPping?
Diskgroup Storage
OnBase Thick Client
(Workflow TImers)
?
Application Server
OnBase Thick Client
(DIP)
Database Server
What to check?
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DIP is importing documents as a service on the DIP machine
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To troubleshoot DIP, we would stop the service, then fire up a client
with the SCHED switch
If you see this…it’s not OnBase
If you see this…there’s a problem
Where did it fail?
Sys – Verification Reports
Let’s look at the directory
ProcMon Demo
Process Monitor
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ProcMon can be used to see behind-the-scenes Windows calls and
access requests
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http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896645.aspx
Solution
Issue #2: Unity Performance
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Users are experiencing slow client performance first thing every
morning
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Workflow queues taking a long time to navigate between
documents
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Sometimes happens in custom queries, document retrieval
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All users affected
SMB/CIFS
Diskgroup Storage
OnBase Thick Client
(Workflow TImers)
HTTP
Unity Client
ODBC
Application Server
OnBase Thick Client
(DIP)
Database Server
SMB/CIFS
Diskgroup Storage
HTTP
Unity Client
ODBC
Application Server
Database Server
Options
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Observe Unity directly on Application Server (still slow?)
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What about testing the thick client? (Verbose)
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Look at Application Server performance (perfmon…or resmon)
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Look at connectivity to DB/Diskgroups (ping/WireShark)
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Look at Diagnostics Console
Let’s run Unity from the AppServer
SMB/CIFS
Diskgroup Storage
ODBC
Application Server
Database Server
Sometimes Thick Client is valid…
Test the Database
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Choose a SELECT query and run it directly on the database server.
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Compare times to complete
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Is the query coming back quickly enough?
Perfmon
Consider ResMon
Diagnostics Console - Service Tab
Change to
“True”
What can ResMon tell you?
Test Connectivity
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Application Server > Database
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Application Server > Diskgroup
Diagnostics Console
“What went
wrong?”
“What is OnBase
doing right
now?”
“What queries
are running,
and how fast?”
Advice
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Beware the Database tab in Production
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Consider logging to a file to review on another machine
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Log the least amount of information needed to troubleshoot
The rest of the story
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Grabbed some queries from the Database tab from around the
same time
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Ran them in SQL Server Management Studio
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Slow there too!
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Unoptimized indexes
The Smoking Gun
Your Issues!

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