Novell Storage Manager—a product sold separately—automates the full life cycle management of user and group storage by automating a comprehensive set of storage management tasks based on identity, directory events, and policies. Novell Storage Manager utilizes eDirectory and Active Directory in Novell and Microsoft networks respectively.
In a Novell Storage Manager environment, Novell File Reporter utilizes the DSI (Directory Services Interface) that is already built into Novell Storage Manager for authentication and authorization. Consequently, DSI configuration requirements for Novell File Reporter are minimal.
Volumes and shares comprising the network directory are discovered automatically so you can identify the servers on which these volumes or shares reside and then plan to install the NFR Agents for monitoring and reporting.
Novell Storage Manager was built with Novell File Reporter integration in mind. For example, when a network has both products installed, the NSMAdmin administration tool for Novell Storage Manager can generate Novell Storage Manager policy reports directly from the administration tool itself. Additionally, integration between the two products enables your Novell Storage Manager deployment to be more efficient, based on what Novell File Reporter reports. For example, the reports can help you decide the following:
If a new policy should be created
If a policy should be modified
If a volume has sufficient space to be a target path
If home directory allocations are too large or too small
If file grooming actions should be invoked with more frequency
Table 2-2 Supported data sources for directory service managed networks with Novell Storage Manager
Microsoft Active Directory Data Sources
Windows Server 2003Windows Server 2008Novell Storage Manager policies
DAS devices, external storage devices operating in either SAN or NAS mode (see Section 8.0, Configuring Proxy Agents for NAS Devices for information on supported NAS devices)
Novell eDirectory Data Sources
NetWare running with NSS volumesOpen Enterprise Server with NSS volumesOpen Enterprise Server with NCP volumesNovell Storage Manager policies
DAS devices, external storage devices operating in SAN mode