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Timeline of File Reporter Product Enhancements

New in Version 2.6

Retention of Multiple Scans
With the release of version 2.6, Novell File Reporter customers can keep an "active scan," "historical scan," and "baseline scan" for the file system and permissions of each storage resource. These scans can be compared to create a new Historic Comparison report.

Historic Comparison Reports
These new built-in report options let you now generate reports that show the file system or permissions changes of a storage resource through a comparison of two file system scans or permissions scans over time.

Custom Query Report Designer Updates
The Custom Query Report Designer has been updated to support views for historic and baseline scan data.

Ability to Copy a Report Definition
The ability to copy Report Definitions has been added to both the Web Application and the Report Designer. The Web Application is able to copy any report definition type, and the Report Designer is able to copy any Custom Query report definitions.

New in Version 2.5

Custom Query Reports
In addition to built-in reports, you can generate custom query reports by crafting your own database queries. The report data is extracted from the scan and generated into a report in delimited text format or a custom report layout via the new Report Designer.

Custom Query Report Designer
Custom query report data can be further customized for layout and presentation from a Windows workstation with the Report Designer.

Desktop Report Viewer
Stored reports can now be downloaded and viewed from a Windows workstation with the Report Viewer application.

Early Access to Analytic Tools in Development
The release of Version 2.5 includes early access to analytic features in a new tool set that can be run from a Windows workstation.

New in Version 2.0.2

Support for Microsoft SQL Server 2012
With the release of Novell File Reporter 2.0.2, supported databases now include both PostgreSQL and Microsoft SQL Server 2012.

Configuration Dashboard
A new configuration dashboard is the means of managing the product licensing and sequentially configuring and administering the database, NFR Engine, and Web Application.

Reporting on Administrative Shares
Novell File Reporter can now report on administrative shares in Windows file systems.

Support for Microsoft Server 2012 R2
Novell File Reporter 2.0.2 fully supports Microsoft Server 2012 R2.

New in Version 2.0.1

Advanced Filtering
With the introduction of Novell File Reporter 2.0.1, you can use advanced filtering capabilities so that your File Data reports include only the data you want. Boolean filtering is available through a new Filters tab.

Microsoft DFS Namespace Support
Distributed File System (DFS) namespace technology helps Microsoft network administrators group shared folders located on different servers and presents them to users as a virtual tree of folders known as a namespace. Novell File Reporter now presents these namespaces as available storage resources that can be reported on.

New in Version 2.0

Advanced Architecture
To provide expanded reporting capabilities Novell File Reporter 2.0 was built on a new advanced architecture that supports:

  • Simultaneous integration with NetIQ eDirectory and Active Directory
  • An SQL database
  • Web-based administration

Easier Configuration and Management
All of the complex DSI installation and configuration tasks have been replaced with a simple installation and configuration wizard. Once installed, all management tasks are performed through a browser-based interface.

New Reporting Capabilities
Novell File Reporter 2.0 has a much stronger tie-in to network directory services. File Reporter 2.0 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.

New Reports
In addition to the extensive file report types in Version 1, Novell File Reporter 2.0 introduces:

  • Permissions reports that identify who has access to a particular file or the access rights of a particular user
  • Trending reports that show the growth of data on a Novell volume or Windows share over a period of time
  • Detail reports that are specific to an individual user, file type, file, and more
  • Aggregate reports that report on file and folders located on storage resources in eDirectory and Active Directory

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