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Call for User Panel Questions - January 26 Meeting

  • 1.  Call for User Panel Questions - January 26 Meeting

    Posted Mon January 11, 2021 03:15 PM
    It's that time again to gather ideas for the Panel Discussion segment of our quarterly OVUG meeting coming up on January 26.

    Please post ideas or questions as replies in this thread that you would like the Optim User Panel to discuss during the meeting. This is your opportunity to have your questions addressed by multiple panel members whom have years of experience with the software.

    Topics can be best practices, installing or upgrading Optim, how-to, etc., so let's get this conversation going!

    Thank you for your participation and input.

    *** If you are interested in participating as a Panel Member, please contact Marc Hebert.

    Keith Tidball
    Progressive Insurance

  • 2.  RE: Call for User Panel Questions - January 26 Meeting

    Posted Mon January 11, 2021 03:28 PM

    I'm in the planning phase of migrating all of our Optim Infrastructure to AWS. Is there any way that we can poll the group to see how many folks are in the process to migrate to cloud or are all ready there? This is not really a typical how-to forum question. Just a curiosity. 


    Danny Lankford
    3M - IT Manager

  • 3.  RE: Call for User Panel Questions - January 26 Meeting

    Posted Tue January 19, 2021 12:22 PM



    We came up with another topic that we wanted to inquire about. The question is "how are others handling multiple archivists, say, 5 simultaneous server archivists on one Optim Archive Server?"


    • Our team is expanding to include more archivists. Let's say for discussion sake, as many as 5 at once.
    • We know that Optim can be configured and operated from Optim Server Side or from Optim Client side.
    • There are many some pro-and-cons to running Optim config and Archive Jobs from Client side.
      • Keeping ODBC DSN's synced between server/client side.
      • Traversing VPN for Access Definition creation. Painfully slow.
      • Important Optim Logs are written to client side only when running Optim client side.
      • Scheduling simultaneous multiple Archive Jobs to the server from multiple Optim Clients.


    • Is the distributed Optim architecture truly a good idea?
      • We piloted this architecture for a while and found some issues with it.






    Danny L. Lankford | IT Manager
    IT Quality, Information Technology
    3M Center, 224-4E1 | St. Paul, MN 55144 | United States
    Office: +1 651 733 8489

    dllankford@mmm.com | DAAR 3MGo





  • 4.  RE: Call for User Panel Questions - January 26 Meeting

    Posted Wed January 20, 2021 02:04 AM
    Hi Keith,

    I would like to gather more info on issues faced while moving to FP 08, as we are currently working on this activity.


    Rohit Jain

  • 5.  RE: Call for User Panel Questions - January 26 Meeting

    Posted Mon January 11, 2021 06:02 PM
    Edited by Keith Tidball Mon January 11, 2021 06:02 PM
    That's a great, and timely, topic to bring up, Danny. We are also looking at opportunities to migrate some of our Optim workload to AWS (easier said than done). I think this will continue to be a conversation thread within our user group.

    Not sure there is a way to do a poll for our users, but we can sort of get a pulse on this just by having users hit the 'Recommend' option on your post. 

    To the OVUG members: if you are looking to move all or part of your Optim Data Growth or TDM infrastructure to run on a Cloud platform, please hit the 'Recommend' button on Danny's post above this reply. We will use this to tally 'votes'. Thank you... 

    Keith Tidball
    Progressive Insurance