This guide outlines the best practices for maintaining and optimizing a Relativity environment. Follow these recommendations to ensure stability and optimal performance of all workspaces.
This page contains the following information:
See these related pages:
- Configuring Windows server
- Configuring SQL Server
- Configuring Analytics server
- Configuring Data Grid servers
- Setting up your workspace
- Maintaining a Relativity environment
- Expanding your Relativity environment
Note the changes and additions to this guide for each service release:
- We typically release a new major version of Relativity once a year.
- Product updates are released once a month.
You can view Relativity release notes on this site.
Training and support
This guide is often provided to system admins who may not have any exposure to the Relativity interface. For more information, you can access the following resources:
- User tutorials - our Relativity tutorials are designed to help users become familiar with Relativity quickly. Using interactive tutorials that cover specific Relativity features, you can experience hands-on learning at your own pace. To view these tutorials, visit the Tutorial page on relativity.com.
- Documentation - we constantly strive to ensure that all users of Relativity are educated on the full functionality of the platform. To help you and your team stay well informed, we post all documentation on this website. To access documentation from previous versions of Relativity, see the Documentation archives.
- Relativity Community - you can access the Relativity Community from the Relativity.com Support page. If you need a Relativity Community account, contact Relativity Support.
Environment optimization checklist
Use the following checklist to help manage and plan for your Relativity environment.
|Release updates||Review patch releases once a month.|
|Training and support||
Review user tutorials on the Tutorial page on relativity.com.
|Review Relativity documentation.|
Explore the Relativity Community.
|Configuring Windows server||
Review the guidelines for Configuring Windows server for optimal performance.
|Review the Microsoft Windows server service packs and verify the latest pack is installed.|
|Review the guidelines for Windows power plans and CPU performance and configure them for high performance.|
|Configure Windows visual effects for high performance.|
|Configure Windows processor scheduling.|
|Set up automatic disk defragmentation based on the guidelines for Windows NTFS fragmentation|
|Manually set the size of the paging file to 4095 MB or higher based on the guidelines for Configuring virtual memory.|
Exclude the SQL Server, agent server, web server, Analytics indices, dtSearch indices, and the file repository from the antivirus software based on guidelines for the Antivirus directory exclusion list.
|Create a management server with SSMS and the RDC based on the guidelines for the Management server.|
|Configuring SQL Server||Review the details for Configuring SQL Server for optimal performance.|
|Set the Optimize for ad hoc workloads option.|
|Set the Max degree of parallelism option.|
|Optimize the TempDB database.|
|Set SQL maximum server memory.|
|Enable Instant file initialization.|
|Set the File allocation unit size.|
|Review the Microsoft SQL Server service packs requirements and verify that the latest pack is installed.|
|Set Autogrowth settings settings for SQL Server files.|
Review RAID levels and SQL Server storage options:
|Configuring the Analytics server||Set the Java heap size (JVM) to one-third of total RAM.|
|Review the details for Configuring the Analytics server to configure an Analytics temporary directory.|
|Review Index directory requirements requirements and store the Analytics index locally, if possible.|
|Setting up your workspace||Ensure you are following best practices while Setting up your workspace.|
|Review Fixed-length vs. long text field types and ensure to use fixed-length fields when possible.|
|Review Fixed-length text field considerations and set your fixed-length text fields to the appropriate size.|
|Review Unicode support and define the Unicode Enabled field property prior to import.|
|Review details on Data imports and ensure you are not running the Relativity Desktop Client on a Relativity production server.|
|Follow best practices for Views and searching.|
|Review details on using the Tally/Sum/Average mass operation and create indexes on groups that you Tally on.|
|Create a non-clustered index on fields that are being used for Group by for Pivot.|
|Learn how to use various User notifications methods.|
|Monitoring environment performance||
Review guidelines for Monitoring environment performance.
|Review Monitoring environment performance and ensure you have the right amount of memory when creating indexes.|
Perform Windows and SQL Server log analysisand set up these alerts for SQL and Windows server logs:
|SQL Server table index fragmentation Understand, identify, and remove fragmentation.|
|Monitoring disk usage Measure disk latency.|
|Gather benchmarks for Relativity servers' Resource utilization.|
|Review Monitoring environment performance.|
|Managing your Relativity environment||Review maintenance plan recommendations.|
Create SQL backups for:
|Verify backup integrity is selected for Full backups.|
|Set up SQL recovery models.|
Create Relativity data backupsfor:
|Schedule a weekly Check Database Integrity task.|
|Perform SQL table index management and schedule the IndexOptimize smart script for index and statistics maintenance.
|Review recommendations for Updating statistics to improve query performance.|
|Review the Database log management recommendations.|
|Review the Shrink Database task and ensure that AUTO_SHRINK is not enabled.
|Set up SQL Database Mail on all Relativity SQL Servers and add Job email notification alerts to all scheduled Relativity maintenance tasks.|
|Perform Workspace management and maintenance on workspaces with 500,000+ records.|
|Perform an Analysis of long running queries and try to optimize long-running queries.|
|Set up Full-text index management.|
|Manage the Audit record table, if needed.|
|Expanding your Relativity environment||Review ways of Expanding your Relativity environment.|
|Scale Agents as needed.|
|Create a dedicated web server for Relativity Desktop Client import or export.|
|Create a dedicated agent server for the dtSearch Expanding your Relativity environment.|
|Set up SQL Server failover clustering to add additional servers for increased throughput and performance as needed.|
|Increase Physical memory on the SQL Server(s), if needed.|
|Create Distributed Relativity SQL Servers, if needed.|
|Set up Web load balancing, if needed.|
|Create Terminal services servers, if needed.|
|Test the capacity of a network connection with the Bandwidth tester.|