6.11 NSM Policy Reports

In most reports, you browse to and specify a file path for the report through the Target Paths tab. If you have Novell Storage Manager managing your organization’s user and collaborative storage, you can have Novell File Reporter report on the storage according to the target paths of the Novell Storage policies, rather than through a specific file path.

IMPORTANT:Novell File Reporter 2.6 requires that you upgrade to Novell Storage Manager 3.1 or above.

The advantages to specifying an NSM policy rather than a file path is that an NSM policy can include many different target paths. For example, in a large organization that utilizes Novell Storage Manager’s load balancing capabilities, a single NSM policy might have 10 or more target paths. If you chose to specify the paths through the Target Paths tab, you would need to list all 10 paths. But if you have each of the target paths listed in a single NSM policy, through the NSM Policies tab, all you need to do is add the single NSM policy.

Another important advantage is that Novell File Reporter reads the associated policy target paths each time a report is generated, so that it dynamically responds to changes in assigned target paths for NSM policies.

NOTE:Procedures for integrating Novell File Reporter with Novell Storage Manager are included in Section 4.5, Integrating with Novell Storage Manager.

You can specify NSM policies for all Novell File Reporter reports with the exception of Comparison reports, Permissions by Identity reports, and Volume Free Space reports.