Timeline of File Reporter Product Enhancements
New in Version 3.0
Expanded Analytics Capabilities
Previously offered as “Technology Preview” applications, these tools have been fully developed and are now included in the Client Tools. The formerly named “Heat Map” has been renamed to the more appropriately named “Tree Map.” The Pivot Table and Tree Map are now 64-bit applications. The capabilities of the Tree Map have been enhanced to include drill-down capabilities.
Dramatically Improved Performance
The introduction of a new .NET application called the Scan Processor greatly speeds up the time it takes to insert a scan into the database. Additionally, the Engine does not need to decompress scans. Both of these developments makes it possible to generate more scans and reports during a given segment of time.
Simplified Upgrade Process
Unlike what was required in previous versions, you do not need to be at a certain version of File Reporter before performing an upgrade. You can upgrade from versions 2.5. and 2.6.
Updated Report Designer
The release of Version 3.0 includes an updated Report Designer.
New in Version 2.6
Retention of Multiple Scans
With the release of version 2.6, 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 File Reporter 2.0.2, supported databases now include both PostgreSQL and Microsoft SQL Server 2012.
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
File Reporter can now report on administrative shares in Windows file systems.
Support for Microsoft Server 2012 R2
File Reporter 2.0.2 fully supports Microsoft Server 2012 R2.
New in Version 2.0.1
With the introduction of 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. File Reporter now presents these namespaces as available storage resources that can be reported on.
New in Version 2.0
To provide expanded reporting capabilities 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
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 NetIQ 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 NetIQ eDirectory trees at the same time.
In addition to the extensive file report types in Version 1, 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 our 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 NetIQ eDirectory and Active Directory