Add Auditing Feature to Server Design Task 
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: Domino Server / Admin Tools
: design inheritance, servertask, template
: Paul Harrison407 15 Oct 2009
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Many Notes houses do not automatically run the Design task on their servers, because of uncertainties and fears over what might change when it runs. As a result, manual effort is required to perform database upgrades from templates whenever they themselves are updated.


To allow the Design task to be configured to automatically run on existing servers where the template versions actually in use are unclear, it would be beneficial if it had an 'audit' command line switch. This switch could be used to safely perform a dry-run of all changes it would make, the results of which could then be used to evaluate and fix potential issues, before then allowing Design to be permanently loaded.

1) Bruce Lill10666 (15 Oct 2009)
I could do without the long list of actual changes and get just a summary by db of elements that would change and one that are prohibited. Most problems I have come across is when a designer forgets and leaves the prohibit design change flag on so future updates don't complete.
2) Paul Harrison407 (15 Oct 2009)
@1 Whilst there are a number of third party utilities which can identify design elements where the prohibit design change flag has been set, it would make perfect sense for this to be incorporated into the Design audit - it is after all checking it anyway!
The Design task should also incorporate usable levels of reporting, such as for example: verbose, summary etc.
3) Rob Goudvis8695 (16 Oct 2009)
@2 you could also think of reporting the output of the design task (on the server) to a separate database.


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