Adding File Server Data Sources for File Storage Optimization in Bulk from a CSV File

You can analyze file server data by adding file servers as data sources from a CSV file. You can analyze both protected and unprotected data.

Note: The approach mentioned on this page is applicable to file servers (Windows, UNIX, and NAS) and endpoints.

Before You Begin

  • Gather the information that applies to the filer servers used as the data sources.

  • If you are analyzing data that was backed up, decide if you want to perform a quick scan or a full scan.

  • If you are analyzing data that is not backed up and the operating system of the data source differs from the operating system of the Index Server, then the operating system of the access node must match the operating system of the data source and must have a Commvault package installed. For example, if you want to analyze a UNC share, but the Index Server is on a Linux computer, you must use a Windows computer as the access node.

  • If your file system data source is a Windows computer or a NetApp filer, you can enable monitoring so that all users who accessed, modified, deleted, or renamed a file are captured. Modifying a file includes creating and changing a file. Before you enable monitoring, see the considerations for file monitoring.

  • Create a CSV file that contains that required information to add multiple data sources.


  1. From the navigation pane, go to Activate.

    The Activate page appears.

  2. Under File Storage optimization, click File storage optimization.

    The File storage optimization page appears.

  3. Click the Data Sources tab.

    Data sources for File Storage Optimization appear.

  4. Click Add, and then select Add from CSV.

    The Upload CSV dialog box appears.

    From the Inventory list, select the inventory that contains the servers that you want to analyze.


    If you do not see the server that you want to analyze, in the upper-right corner of the page, click Refresh inventory.

  5. Click Upload, and then select the CSV file that contains the data sources that you want to add.

  6. Click Next.

    The Data sources table appears.

  7. Validate the data source details that were added, and then click Create.

    On the Data Sources tab, the new data sources appear in the Pending table.

    After the data sources finish processing, they appear in the Ready table.

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