A.0 Glossary

Directory Service Interface (DSI): An application used by Novell® File Reporter that provides directory services authentication and authorization before tasks are performed in Novell File Reporter. There are individual DSIs for eDirectory™ and Active Directory*. For network environments that include Novell Storage Manager, Novell Storage Manager serves as the DSI and there is no need to install and configure the DSI.

For those networks that do not include Novell Storage Manager, the DSI can be installed and configured in automatic or manual mode. Automatic means that the DSI performs both authentication and authorization. Manual means that the DSI only performs authentication. Manual DSI configuration should be done only for environments where Novell File Reporter will report on SUSE® Linux Enterprise Servers.

Filter: The means of presenting a reduced number of entries in a report according to the criteria you want to see. Filters can be very specific and very detailed.

NFR Agent: Examines and reports on the contents of the storage resource. Currently, NFR Agents are available for Novell Open Enterprise Server 2, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Novell NetWare®, and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or 2008. The NFR Agent can examine and report on a variety of file systems, including Novell NSS, Traditional, NCP™, Windows NTFS, Reiser, and ext3.

NFR Engine: The engine that runs Novell File Reporter. It can be hosted on a Novell Open Enterprise Server running SUSE Linux, a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, or Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or 2008. In a small organization, the NFR Engine can be run on a server that is also used for other purposes. In a larger organization, the NFR Engine should run on a standalone server.

The NFR Engine does the following:

Proxy agent: An NFR Agent that performs agent services on a storage resource through a proxy association. NAS devices and clustered configurations require proxy agents. Novell File Reporter 1.0.2 supports proxy agents in Active Directory managed network environments with or without Novell Storage Manager deployed, as well as eDirectory managed networks with Novell Storage Manager deployed.

Report: Decompressed file information presented on-screen, as an HTML file, or as a .CSV file, based on the specific reporting criteria entered in Novell File Reporter. Novell File Reporter offers eight report categories with options to present the data as overview or detailed information. For a list of all report types, see Section 5.2, Report Types.

Scan: Comprehensive file information pertaining to a storage resource at a specific time. The scan includes information on file types being stored, whether these files are duplicated and where duplicates reside, when files were created, when files were last opened, and much more. Scans are indexed and compressed and are decompressed only when data within the scan is used to generate a report.

Storage resource: A resource within the network environment that Novell File Reporter monitors and reports on. Depending on the environment in which Novell File Reporter is deployed, a storage resource can be a server volume, a Novell Storage Manager policy, a network folder path, or a Linux mount point.

System inventory: A condensed overview of the number of directories and files on selected storage resources. A system inventory should be conducted prior to determining the optimal disk space you need on the server hosting the NFR Engine for storing scans and reports. It can also be run when you want to gather high level information on a storage resource rather than generate a more detailed report.

Triggered Report: A report that is run automatically when defined storage capacity thresholds are met on a volume. Triggered reports include Duplicate File Reports, Owner Reports, and Access Date Age Reports.