What are the affects of turning off The Page View combiner in Reporter, version 9.x.
NOTE: For a definition of how Page View Combiner ( PVC) works, please see KB1774
Before you turn off the PVC, here is a list of concerns you need to be aware of so you can make this decision fully aware of all the implications.
A: Turning off the PVC turns off the combining of multiple requests into a single entry in the database. It does not turn off the counting of page views. Reporter still calculates page views even if the PVC is off.
A request is only determined to be a page view if it meets the following criteria:
NOTE: IF you are using special policy that presents a custom made denied page to your users, please see KB3511
B: Other values that will be affected by turning off the PVC, is browse time, and the totaly number of sites you see per database. Browse time will increase in value because we will no longer attempt to reduce the affect of running two browsers, or two browser sessions from one Client IP address. The PVC uses a 30 second window, or cut off point, in determining if there are two browsers actively looking at websites from the same ip address. Disabling PVC will also change the distribution of counter values across sites, categories, and also possibly other fields. In general, disabing the PVC should not change the distribution of counter values across users or client ip's. You will see this affect especialy in the the total number of sites per database, as they will likely increase significantly. (One of the main advantages of PVC compression is lowering total number of sites per database, and the sites dataset is always the largest in any database ). This will increase the amount of memory used by Reporter for all datasets that contain the site column. This will make all reports that have site as a column run slower.
C: Once you turn off the PVC, we believe you should still be able to upgrade your reporter versions to to the latest versions, as they become available.
Steps to turn it off:
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