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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 Novell File Reporter to examine and report on terabytes of data. To do so efficiently, Novell File Reporter disperses the load of work between an Engine, Agents, and a Microsoft SQL Server 2012 or PostgreSQL database.

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

Scans include comprehensive information on the file types users are storing, if users have duplicated the 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.

Novell File Reporter collects scans from the Novell File Reporter Agents, compresses them and sends them to the Novell File Reporter Engine, where it stores them in the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 or PostgreSQL database.

When Novell File Reporter has a scan of a storage resource, you can use it to generate a report. Doing so is as simple as selecting the report type from a menu.

Novell File Reporter 2 has a much stronger tie-in to network directory services than Version 1. File Reporter 2 authenticates to a primary identity system (either eDirectory or 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.

To generate a report, the Novell File Reporter Engine takes all of the scans that are applicable to the specifications of the report and consolidates them into a single report.


Report Types

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

Once Novell 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 Novell Storage Manager policies to more efficiently store your files and automate the management of your file system.

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