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Provides Detailed File System Intelligence

Detailed File System Intelligence

Gather the storage information you need to optimize for efficiency and compliance

Having an accurate analysis of the files you are storing on your network servers and devices is critical. Knowing what files you are storing, where you are storing them, who has access to them, when files were last accessed, how many versions of a file exists and more, is invaluable information that can help you take measures to make your storage more efficient and compliant with data storage regulations.

We developed File Reporter to examine and report on petabytes of data. To do so efficiently, File Reporter disperses the load of work between an Engine, Agents, and a Microsoft SQL Server, or PostgreSQL database.

Through the File Reporter Agent, File Reporter takes a "scan" of the file system's storage resource at a given moment. A storage resource can be a network server volume or share. Scans are indexed data that are specific to a storage resource. They are the means of generating a storage report or the data in an analytics tool.

Scans include comprehensive information on the file types users are storing, if users have duplicate copies of the same files, where duplicate files reside, when users created the files, when they last modified the files, permission data on the folders where these files reside, and much more.

File Reporter collects scans from the File Reporter Agents, compresses them and sends them to the File Reporter Engine, where it stores them in the Microsoft SQL Server or PostgreSQL database.

When File Reporter has a scan of a storage resource, you can use it to generate a report or to analyze the data using one of the analytics tools.

File Reporter authenticates to a primary identity system (either NetIQ eDirectory or Microsoft Active Directory) and then through a proxy, establishes a connection to the other identity system. You can be connected to one Active Directory domain and many eDirectory trees at the same time.

Report Types

File System Reports Permissions Reports Trending Reports Other Reports
Folder Summary Assigned NTFS Permissions Volume Free Space Custom Query
Detail Reports Assigned NCP Permissions    
File Extension Permissions by Path    
Duplicate Files Permissions by Identity    
Date-Age Historic File System Comparison    
Owner Historic NCP Permissions Comparison    
Storage Cost      
Directory Quota      

Once File Reporter presents your file data in a report, you are equipped with the information you need to take action. These actions might include deleting duplicate files, archiving unaccessed files, removing "orphaned" home directories, modifying access controls or implementing Storage Manager policies to more efficiently store your files and automate the management of your file system.

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