Lotus Notes Replication Test

A Domino cluster is a group of two or more servers that provides users with constant access to data, balances the workload between servers, improves server performance, and maintains performance when you increase the size of your enterprise. The servers in a cluster contain replicas of databases that you want to be readily available to users at all times. If a user tries to access a database on a cluster server that is not available, Domino opens a replica of that database on a different cluster server, if a replica is available. Domino continuously synchronizes databases so that whichever replica a user opens, the information is always the same.

There is a special component on the servers in a cluster, called "Cluster Replicator" that is responsible for replication being performed between the databases. When a cluster replicator learns of a change to a database, it immediately pushes that change to all other replicas in the cluster. All replication events are stored in memory, and if a destination server is not available, the "Cluster Replicator" continues to store these events in memory until the destination server becomes available.

By default, every server in a cluster consists of a single cluster replicator. However, in order to augment the performance of the Domino cluster, multiple replicators can be configured on a server. The decision to introduce more replicators on a cluster server can be taken only after understanding and analyzing how well the default replicator on the server handles the replication requests to it. This test periodically monitors a cluster server's replicator-related activities and reveals critical performance statistics based on which administrators can decide whether/not to add more replicators to it.

Target of the test : A Domino application server

Agent deploying the test : An internal/remote agent

Outputs of the test : One set of results for the Domino application server that is monitored.

Configurable parameters for the test
Parameter Description

Test Period

How often should the test be executed.


The IP address of the host for which this test is to be configured.


The port at which the host listens. By default, this will be NULL.


The port at which the monitored target exposes its SNMP MIB; The default value is 161.


By default, the eG agent supports SNMP version 1. Accordingly, the default selection in the SNMPversion list is v1. However, if a different SNMP framework is in use in your environment, say SNMP v2 or v3, then select the corresponding option from this list.


The SNMP community name that the test uses to communicate with the firewall. This parameter is specific to SNMP v1 and v2 only. Therefore, if the SNMPVersion chosen is v3, then this parameter will not appear.


This parameter appears only when v3 is selected as the SNMPVersion. SNMP version 3 (SNMPv3) is an extensible SNMP Framework which supplements the SNMPv2 Framework, by additionally supporting message security, access control, and remote SNMP configuration capabilities. To extract performance statistics from the MIB using the highly secure SNMP v3 protocol, the eG agent has to be configured with the required access privileges – in other words, the eG agent should connect to the MIB using the credentials of a user with access permissions to be MIB. Therefore, specify the name of such a user against this parameter. 


This parameter appears only when v3 is selected as the SNMPVersion. An SNMP context is a collection of management information accessible by an SNMP entity. An item of management information may exist in more than one context and an SNMP entity potentially has access to many contexts. A context is identified by the SNMPEngineID value of the entity hosting the management information (also called a contextEngineID) and a context name that identifies the specific context (also called a contextName). If the Username provided is associated with a context name, then the eG agent will be able to poll the MIB and collect metrics only if it is configured with the context name as well. In such cases therefore, specify the context name of the Username in the Context text box.  By default, this parameter is set to none.


Specify the password that corresponds to the above-mentioned UserName. This parameter once again appears only if the SNMPversion selected is v3.

Confirm Password

Confirm the AuthPass by retyping it here.


This parameter too appears only if v3 is selected as the SNMPversion. From the AuthType list box, choose the authentication algorithm using which SNMP v3 converts the specified username and password into a 32-bit format to ensure security of SNMP transactions. You can choose between the following options:

  • MD5 - Message Digest Algorithm
  • SHA - Secure Hash Algorithm
  • SHA224 - Secure Hash Algorithm 224 bit
  • SHA256 - Secure Hash Algorithm 256 bit
  • SHA384 - Secure Hash Algorithm 384 bit
  • SHA512 - Secure Hash Algorithm 512 bit


This flag appears only when v3 is selected as the SNMPVersion. By default, the eG agent does not encrypt SNMP requests. Accordingly, the this flag is set to No by default. To ensure that SNMP requests sent by the eG agent are encrypted, select the Yes option. 


If the EncryptFlag is set to Yes, then you will have to mention the encryption type by selecting an option from the EncryptType list. SNMP v3 supports the following encryption types:

  • DES - Data Encryption Standard
  • 3DES - Triple Data Encryption Standard
  • AES - Advanced Encryption Standard
  • AES128 - Advanced Encryption Standard 128 bit
  • AES192 - Advanced Encryption Standard 192 bit
  • AES256 - Advanced Encryption Standard 256 bit


Specify the encryption password here.

Confirm Password

Confirm the encryption password by retyping it here.


Specify the duration (in seconds) within which the SNMP query executed by this test should time out in this text box. The default is 10 seconds.

Data Over TCP

By default, in an IT environment, all data transmission occurs over UDP. Some environments however, may be specifically configured to offload a fraction of the data traffic – for instance, certain types of data traffic or traffic pertaining to specific components – to other protocols like TCP, so as to prevent UDP overloads. In such environments, you can instruct the eG agent to conduct the SNMP data traffic related to the monitored target over TCP (and not UDP). For this, set this flag to Yes. By default, this flag is set to No.


This parameter appears only when v3 is selected as the SNMPVersion. Sometimes, the test may not report metrics when AES192 or AES256 is chosen as the Encryption type. To ensure that the test report metrics consistently, administrators need to set this flag to Yes. By default, this parameter is set to No.

Measurements made by the test
Measurement Description Measurement Unit Interpretation

Successful replications

Indicates the rate of successful replications during the last measurement period.



Replication failures

Indicates the rate of failed replications during the last measurement period.



Replication docs added

Indicates the rate at which replication docs were added during the last measurement period.



Replication docs deleted

Indicates the rate at which replication docs were deleted during the last measurement period.



Replication docs updated

Indicates the rate at which replication docs were updated during the last measurement period.



Avg work queue length

Indicates the average work queue length since server startup.



Current work queue length

Indicates the current number of databases awaiting replication by the cluster replicator.


If the value of this measure increases consistently, it could indicate a replication backlog - in other words, too many databases could be waiting to be replicated. In such a case, consider configuring more replicators on the server so that replication workload is shared and pending replication requests are cleared in a timely manner. Steady spikes in this measure could also indicate insufficient network bandwidth to process the transactions. If this is the case, you should consider setting up a private LAN for your cluster.

Avg work queue wait time

Indicates the average amount of time in seconds that a database spent on the work queue.


Since the cluster replicator checks its queue every 15 seconds, this number should be under 15 during periods of light load. If this number is frequently higher than 30, you should consider adding one or more cluster replicators.

Data received rate

Indicates the rate at which data was received by the replicator during the last measurement period.



Data sent rate

Indicates the rate at which data was sent by the replicator during the last measurement period.