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Reports On Terabytes Of Data

Benefit from efficiencies with dispersed workloads, scanning and compression

We’ve developed Novell File Reporter to examine and report on terabytes of data—in other words, millions of files, directories and subdirectories. To do so efficiently, Novell File Reporter disperses the work between the Novell File Reporter engine and Novell File Reporter agents.

The Novell File Reporter engine is the mechanism that runs Novell File Reporter. It can reside on a Novell Open Enterprise Server, a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server or a Microsoft Windows 2003 or 2008 server. In a small organization, you could run the engine on a server that you are using for other purposes. In a larger organization, you would likely run the engine on a standalone server.

The Novell File Reporter engine:

  • Schedules the scans Novell File Reporter agents conduct
  • Processes the scans and compiles them for inclusion in reports
  • Displays report information through the user interface
  • Determines when the system has met a predefined condition and starts a triggered report (as opposed to a scheduled report)
  • Monitors how many agents are online

Novell File Reporter agents are compact programs that run on many types of commercially available operating systems. Currently, we offer agents for:

  • Novell Open Enterprise Server 2
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
  • Novell NetWare
  • Microsoft Windows 2003 or 2008 Server

We will release more agents in the future.

You can also set up Novell File Reporter agents as proxy agents for reporting on network attached storage (NAS) devices in Active Directory networks, and virtual server volumes in server clusters in both eDirectory and Active Directory networks. Novell File Reporter agents can examine and report on a variety of file systems including Novell Storage Services, traditional, NetWare Core Protocol, Windows New Technology File System, Reiser and ext3.

Through its agent, Novell File Reporter takes a scan of a storage resource’s file system. A storage resource can be a server volume, a Novell Storage Manager policy, a network folder path or a Linux mount point. The scan includes comprehensive information about:

  • What types of files users are storing
  • Whether users have duplicated the files (and where the duplicates reside)
  • When users created the files
  • When users last opened the files
  • And much more

You can take a scan at any time, but we recommend you do it after normal business hours to minimize its effect on network performance.

A scan is indexed and compressed information specific to a storage resource. Novell File Reporter decompresses scans only to generate reports. In other words, Novell File Reporter would only use a scan of a particular storage resource if the scan included content necessary to fulfill a report request.

Because Novell File Reporter examines and reports on terabytes of information, the sizes of decompressed reports can be in gigabytes. For this reason, when you want to view a report (or more likely, view very specific information through a filtered request), Novell File Reporter decompresses only the information you wish to see for viewing on a computer workstation monitor.

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