Auxiliary storage allows administrators to create a policy in Active Directory that creates auxiliary storage folders when a new user is created. This auxiliary storage can even be invisible to the user for whom it was created.
For example, an organization's HR department might keep an individual folder for each user in the organization. With auxiliary user storage enabled, this folder can be created when the user joins the company and Novell Storage Manager creates and provisions his or her home folder. The user never sees the auxiliary storage, because as the policy gives Read and Write rights only to the HR department.
Additionally, the auxiliary storage can be as large as the policy specifies. This means that even though the user's home directory might have 500 MB, the auxiliary storage could be as small as the HR department needed it to be for storing HR-specific documents about the user. In fact, the policy can dictate that the auxiliary storage is provisioned with needed HR documents at the time the auxiliary storage is created.
Of course, you can configure auxiliary user storage so that a user can access it. For example, you might want to have a separate storage folder for application-specific files. It is important to remember that auxiliary storage is simply another home folder for a user. To provide access to this storage, you need to provide some sort of mapping for the user to get automated access to it.
There is no limit to the number of auxiliary folders that can be created. Auxiliary folders can be created in shares that differ from the location of the user's home folder.
Novell Storage Manager's life cycle management capabilities easily manage auxiliary storage to the specific needs of the organization. For example, if a user transfers from one city to another and the user home directory is moved to a new Organizational Unit object as a result, the policy can dictate what becomes of the auxiliary storage including moving it, moving it and expanding it, moving it and reprovisioning it, deleting it, or leaving it where it currently is.
In NSMAdmin, click.
In themenu, select .
The following screen appears:
Specify a descriptive name in thefield, such as “HR-AUX,” and click .
The Policy Options page appears.
Proceed with Setting Auxiliary Storage Policy Options.
Leave thecheck box selected.
If you want the settings in this policy to be inherited for all organizational units that reside within the domain or organizational unit where this policy is assigned, leave thecheck box selected.
Proceed with Enabling Auxiliary Storage Extended Options.
Auxiliary storage extended options help other tools, such as the AuxMap utility, identify the auxiliary storage policy through additional attributes. For information on the AuxMap utility, see Section D.0, AuxMap.
In the left pane, click.
Click thecheck box.
In thefield, enter a descriptive string for the auxiliary storage.
This field is used by the AuxMap utility to make auxiliary storage associations.
Novell recommends that once you have made an entry in thefield, that you do not change it. If the value of the field is changed after some users have already had their auxiliary storage provisioned via that policy, the new tag value does not automatically get propagated to those users. Only users who get storage provisioned after the change in the tag value will get the new tag value.
In thefield, specify a description of the auxiliary storage policy.
Clickto save your settings.
Proceed with Setting Auxiliary Storage Provisioning Options.
Before setting the provisioning options, you need to decide whether the user should have rights to auxiliary storage.
Additionally, if you are going to provision auxiliary storage folders with a certain structure or with specific documents, you need to place them somewhere in the file system so you can use them as a template. For example, if the HR department wants the auxiliary storage folder to have an Annual Reviews folder and an Insurance Forms folder, you need to set these up in the file system before proceeding.
In the left pane, click.
Do one of the following:
If you do not want the associated user to have access to the auxiliary storage folder, deselect all of the Default Rights check boxes.
If you want the associated user to have access to the auxiliary storage folder, select the appropriate rights from the Default Rights check boxes.
In the Template Folder region, click the Browse button, and then specify the template path in the Path Browser dialog box.
Clickto save your settings.
Select the additional options that you want to use in the Auxiliary Storage policy.
Auxiliary Storage Target Paths: You need to specify the location where the auxiliary storage folders are to be located. For example, if these were HR Department folders, they would probably be located on a network share specific to the HR Department.
The fields presented on the Target Paths page are identical to those presented when you create a User Home Folder policy. For an explanation of the page along with procedures for setting target paths, see Section 5.5.4, Setting Target Paths.
Auxiliary Storage Quota Options: You need to specify the quota for the auxiliary storage folder associated with a user. In many cases, such as the HR Department example, this folder can be much smaller that the home folder.
The fields presented on the Quota Options page are identical to those presented when you create a User Home Folder policy. For an explanation of the page, along with procedures for setting quota options, see Section 5.5.5, Setting Quota Options.
Auxiliary Storage Move Schedule: The fields presented on the Move Schedule page are identical to those presented when you create a user home folder policy. For an explanation of the page, along with procedures for setting the move schedule, see Section 5.5.6, Setting the Move Schedule.
Auxiliary Storage Cleanup Options: The fields presented on the Cleanup Options page are identical to those presented when you create a User Home Folder policy. For an explanation of the page, along with procedures for setting cleanup options, see Section 5.5.7, Setting Cleanup Options.
Auxiliary Storage Vault Rules: The fields presented on the Vault Rules page are identical to those presented when you create a User Home Folder policy. For an explanation of the page, along with procedures for setting vault rules, see Section 5.5.8, Setting Vault Rules.
Auxiliary Storage Grooming Rules: The fields presented on the Grooming Rules page are identical to those presented when you create a user home folder policy. For an explanation of the page, along with procedures for setting grooming rules, see Section 5.5.9, Setting Grooming Rules.
This procedure connects the Auxiliary Storage policy with an existing User Home Folder policy. All new users that are added to a group or organizational unit associated with the linked user home folder policy will also have auxiliary storage created. To provide existing users with auxiliary storage, see Section 5.11.3, Provisioning Auxiliary Storage for Existing Users.
In NSMAdmin, click thetab.
In the list of policies, double-click the policy you want to link to the auxiliary storage policy.
In the left pane of the Policy Editor, click.
Click the + button. In the Policy Selector dialog box, select the Auxiliary Storage policy, then click.
Clickto exit the Policy Editor.
This procedure lets Novell Storage Manager manage an existing second user home folder by classifying the second home folder as an auxiliary storage folder and managing it through an auxiliary storage policy. In the process, Novell Storage Manager corrects any potential problems.
In NSMAdmin, click thetab.
Select the auxiliary storage policy linked to the user home folder policy of the users for whom you want to create auxiliary storage.
In thedrop-down menu, select .
Verify that theoption is selected.
This option uses the defined auxiliary storage policy path and looks for a folder that matches the common name of all users defined within the policy. If a match is found, the Auxiliary Storage Attribute is set and the users are cataloged and managed by the Auxiliary Storage policy.
Verify that thecheck box is selected and click .
Run in Check Mode allows you to view the results of an action without actually making changes.
Clickto see the results.
Note that the Auxiliary Attribute is set for each folder that matches a User object.
Deselectand click to set the Auxiliary Attribute.
From thedrop-down menu, select .
Selectand click to view the results.
Deselect, then click to put auxiliary storage into effect for existing users.