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How does agentEZ work?

agentEZ is a powerful, server-wide agent management solution—here are some answers to your questions regarding its operation.

agentEZ is a tool that offers you robust features like parsing all agents on a server regardless of their type, status, or run-on setting. It even lets you view, analyze, or edit any of their settings en-masse, all without using your Designer client. In this section, we'll answer questions you might be wondering about: How does it "work"? How (and where) is it installed? Are there any risks? Is there an "undo" button? Etc. Here you go!

What type of installation does agentEZ require?

Like all other Ytria tools, agentEZ is installed on the client side ONLY. There is no need to install anything on the server, and being a local install means no system downtime.

How does agentEZ "work"?

agentEZ is a standalone compiled application coded in an efficient, low-level language. When installed, its executable file (agentez.exe) is detached into your Notes Program Directory. Each time you start agentEZ, a new session is created, independent from your Notes client session. This means that agentEZ runs parallel to your Notes client and thus will not interfere in any way. In fact, you can think of agentEZ as a special "Notes client" to help you oversee and manage your agents and their settings across the entire server. You can even select which ID you want to work with—without having to switch IDs in your Notes client!

How does agentEZ affect security?

That's a good question! When working with agents (especially high runtime security level agents), security IS a crucial subject. Although agentEZ offers you a multitude of features that surpass the functionality available in both the Administrator and Designer clients (such as the ability to view agents and their properties even with Reader access only), our tools NEVER bypass Notes security. Certain key options, such as modifying agents, choosing which ID file you'd like to use for your agentEZ session or enabling Full Access Administration, require you to have the proper access rights in order to use them.

Are my modifications safe?

With agentEZ, you can modify hundreds of agents, and any of their properties in merely a few clicks. With such power available, how can you know that you're making the right changes? Don't worry, we've got you covered! Your modifications are protected by a two-step saving process which allows you to review your changes before deploying them—regardless of the modification you've performed.

What about speed? Do I get all this info right away?

The fact that agentEZ is an independent, compiled program, puts it in the position to outperform built-in Notes and Domino solutions. But beyond that, agentEZ can handle hundreds (or even thousands) of agents and hundreds of thousands of agent-log lines, giving you a much better overview of your global agent situation. Loading all of this information can take a bit of time. Don't worry though, we've built a bunch of pre-loading filter options into agentEZ so you can pinpoint the information that you absolutely need to load—such as the types of agents to load. There is also a two-step loading process to optimize performance.

How does logging pertain to agentEZ?

agentEZ operates through the official Notes API channels; any changes that you perform will be reflected by a signature change upon saving them. However, we offer much more extensive history and log options than the native solutions. You have the option to create a special Modification Log database in which every single operation performed using our EZ Suite tools will be logged. You can place this database on either your local machine, or one of your servers. You can even use our licensing system to route logging for all EZ Suite users into a central log database.




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