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Usage Analysis

September 19th, 2006 by

From: “Niclas Lindblom”

Subject: Usage Analysis

Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2005 09:37:35 -0000

Newsgroups: microsoft.public.sharepoint.portalserver




I would like to enable “Usage Analysis” on my Sharepoint Portal Server.  I have enabled logging and processing of the logfiles from the “Central Administration” page and according to the documentation, I should now have a “Administration” heading under my “Site settings” page where the result can analysed, but I cannot find this 3 days after enabling this.


What have I missed ?








From: “Bill English [MVP]”

Subject: Re: Usage Analysis

Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2005 21:09:45 -0600

Newsgroups: microsoft.public.sharepoint.portalserver


While it is enabled at the farm or virtual server level (can’t remember exactly right now), it is viewed at the site collection level.  OOB, it is not viewable for a portal.



Bill English




From: “Zoe Hart”

Subject: Usage analysis

Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2006 13:09:23 -0500

Newsgroups: microsoft.public.sharepoint.portalserver


I’m trying to understand what’s provided “out of the box” for usage analysis. I’ve read through that chapter of the SharePoint Products and Technologies Resource Kit and attempted to configure analysis services on my development server. According to the Resource Kit, you can use either SharePoint Central Administration or Windows SharePoint Services Central Administration. I chose to do it through SharePoint Central Administration. But as far as I can tell, I can only report on usage for WSS sites within my portal. Is that correct?


Within the sites (SPS and WSS) themselves, only the WSS sites appear to include the Go to Site Administration and View site usage data options.  Within FrontPage I can open my portal site and see some usage data, but no page usage data. If I try to view page hit data, I get a blank screen, blank except for the message: “There is no usage information available because no data is being collected for this Web site. To collect usage data, contact the server administrator.” So how do I configure usage data collection for a portal site?


I know there are also third party tools available and I’ll be looking at those eventually, but I felt like the logical first step was understanding what came “out of the box”, so that’s what I’m trying to do.







From: “Steven Collier [MVP]”

Subject: Re: Usage analysis

Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2006 20:18:07 -0000

Newsgroups: microsoft.public.sharepoint.portalserver


Usage analysis only exists for teamsites, not portals.


Microsoft provide a report pack for portal server that pulls together logs with structure data to produce a set of reports. It does require a sql server with analysis service to analyse the data …


Steven Collier




From: <>

Subject: Re: Usage analysis

Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2006 11:34:23 -0800

Newsgroups: microsoft.public.sharepoint.portalserver


The Sharepoint Report Pack that Steven mentions is definitely the way to go for portal usage reports, but you can also cheat a bit by appending






to the URL of the portal area for which you want usage statistics. 

Your language code may vary, of course.


This assumes you have usage processing turned on at the portal level, by going to:


Site Settings->Portal Server Central Administration->Configure usage analysis processing


— Joe


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