Setup Recommendations

Setup Recommendations


Once Urchin is installed, there are some initial operational parameters that will have to be configured. This is done via a Setup Wizard that runs when you connect to your Urchin administration interface for the first time, and during the first stages while you are establishing Profiles. These initial configuration actions include:

  • Licensing Urchin
  • Configure Admin Settings for remote report and administration access, as well as establishing Data Center Mode operation
  • Setting the Urchin Administrator account password
  • Scheduling tasks for each of your profiles to process data
  • Log management


Connect to the Urchin administration interface. On Windows systems you can go to Start->Programs->Urchin->Urchin Administration. On UNIX- type systems, you can use the URL http://hostname:9999, where hostname is the registered hostname of your Urchin system. For a new installation you should use the following to login:

Username: admin Password: urchin

You'll be presented with an Urchin Setup Wizard welcome screen. Click Continue to proceed through each of the following wizard screens. Note that the choices you make in this initial configuration can always be altered later on.

License Urchin

Follow the instructions in Licensing Urchin.

Admin Settings

  • Remote Access Settings - select On for each case if you want to allow remote browser connections. If you select Off for either of these, then the only allowed access is on the console of the system where Urchin is installed.
  • Data Center Mode - this setting determines whether Urchin is configured to allow creation of Accounts, which allow you to logically organize Profiles, Groups, and Users into restricted access categories. If you are undecided it is best to set this to On as it adds no overhead and gives you the flexibility to use it in the future.

Administrative User

  • Reset the password for the admin account and record this password for safekeeping.

Scheduling Tasks

When you create profiles you are given the option to schedule what time to run the task that processes the data for that profile. You should check the settings for each profile to be sure that the timing of your task makes sense in terms of when the log data will be available, how long it will take to process that data, and when you want the updated reports available to your users.

Log Management

Urchin includes a log tracking module which keeps track of how far into each log it has processed so far. Thus, log file rotation does not necessarily need to be coordinated with Urchin operation. However, Urchin does provide automation for log rotation or removal under the Advanced Settings for each Log Source. Read Log Management for more information.