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Monitoring AFP Activity

Earlier in this chapter, you configured the AFP service to log everything. Your settings indicated that the logs would record when a user connects to your AFP server (Login), disconnects (Logout), reads or copies a file (Open File), creates a new file or folder, or deletes a file or folder. Additionally, the logs will show more general information such as when the AFP server was stopped or started.

View Access and Error Logs

You can view both the Access and Error logs using Server Admin.

  1. Open Server Admin and connect to your server.
  2. Select the AFP service in the left pane.
  3. Click the Logs button in the toolbar.
  4. Select the Access or Error log using the View menu at the bottom of the window.

    The log will auto refresh while it is being displayed on your screen.

View Activity Graphs

Additionally, it may be wise to proactively monitor the amount of activity and usage your AFP server is getting. Server Admin presents this information in easy-to-view graphs. This will help you to identify anomalies such as abnormal spikes in traffic or number of connections that could lead to service degradation.

  1. Open Server Admin and connect to your server.
  2. Select the AFP service in the left pane.
  3. Click the Graphs button in the toolbar.
  4. Select whether you want to view the network throughput (bytes per second) at a given time, or the total number of connected users at a given time by using the pop-up menu at the bottom of the window.
  5. Change the time period you wish to monitor using the other pop-up menu at the bottom of the window.
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