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Enhancements in Novell File Management Suite Deliver Even More Control over Your Storage Resources

Written by Ken Baker

Creating Proxy Associations

For a NAS appliance to be scanned and reported on by a Novell File Reporter proxy agent, the appliance must be a member of an Active Directory domain where Novell File Reporter has been installed. You also need to configure the proxy agent via an nfrproxy.cfg configuration file. (See Figure 2.) If you have installed Novell Storage Manager, this file will likely be located on your Active Directory server in the path C:\Novell\Storage Manager\Engine. If Novell Storage Manager is not installed, the configuration file will be located where the Directory Service Interface (DSI) was installed on your Active Directory server as part of the Novell File Reporter installation. On Windows Server 2003, the path will likely be C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\AppData\Novell\File Reporter\DSI-AD\config. On Windows Server 2008, it will be C:\ProgramData\Novell\File Reporter\DSI-AD\config.

The nfrproxy.cfg configuration file will contain commented information on how to set up your proxy associations, but the basic steps are as follows:

  1. Append the proxy associations in the nfrproxy.cfg file using the format “servername where NFR Agent is installed=NAS device name”, using a new line for each proxy association.
  2. Save the updated nfrproxy.cfg file.
  3. If you have installed Novell Storage Manager, restart the Novell Storage Manager engine, otherwise restart the DSI-AD service.
  4. Launch NFRAdmin.
  5. Click Scan Collection and in the right pane, select Rebuild Storage Resource List from the Storage Resources menu option.
  6. Upon notification that the rebuild is in progress, click OK.
  7. To view the new NAS devices listed as storage resources available for scanning, click Refresh in the right pane.

To allow Novell File Reporter to report on the contents of shares on a NAS device, you must use the Active Directory administrative tools to add specific permissions for those shares. To do this, in the Active Directory container where the NAS device is located you’ll give share permissions to a user/group you’ll create called either NSMProxyRights (for environments with both Novell File Reporter and Novell Storage Manager) or NFRProxyRights (for environments with only Novell File Reporter).NFRProxyRights will need Allow Read permission and NSMProxyRights will need Allow Full Control permission.

In addition, to allow Novell File Reporter to display NAS devices as storage resources, each NAS device must grant a certain set of Local Security Authority Privileges (LSA Privs) to the Novell File Reporter proxy agent servicing the appliance. These LSA Privs must be granted on the storage resources where the actual Novell File Reporter proxy agent is installed. The easiest way to grant these privileges is to make the NFRProxyRights or NSMProxyRights group a member of the LOCAL Administrators group of each NAS device.

The added ability to scan and report on clusters also derives from the new support for proxy agents in Novell File Reporter

Intelligence, Even for Clusters

Another enhancement in Novell File Management Suite is the ability for Novell File Reporter to scan and report on cluster volumes. This includes support of both Windows Server clusters in Active Directory managed networks, as well as Novell server clusters in eDirectory managed networks. For eDirectory environments, this version of Novell File Reporter requires that Novell Storage Manager be installed.

The added ability to scan and report on clusters also derives from the new support for proxy agents in Novell File Reporter. To take advantage of this capability in an eDirectory environment, you’ll need to configure the nfrproxy.cfg configuration file similarly to the way you configured it for NAS device support in Active Directory environments. Detailed instructions for configuring this support in both Active Directory and eDirectory environments can be found in the Novell documentation at www.novell.com/documentation/filereporter10/.

Even More Intelligent Control

This latest release of Novell File Management Suite also addresses a few minor product issues, but its main emphasis is on enhancing and augmenting support for storage appliances and clusters. These enhancements give you even more intelligent control over your unstructured data. These capabilities expand your ability to address the pains associated with growing data storage costs and file system chaos. To learn more about how Novell File Management Suite can help you get a handle on the unchecked proliferation of your data, as well as drive down infrastructure cost, visit www.novell.com/products/file-management-suite.

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