You can analyze file server data by adding the file server as a data source. 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 server used as the data source.
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.
From the navigation pane, go to Activate.
The Activate page appears.
Under File Storage optimization, click File storage optimization.
The File storage optimization page appears.
In the right area of the page, click Add server > File system.
The Add file server page appears.
On the Select file server tab, from the Inventory list, select an inventory.
The inventory contains the servers that you can analyze.
Tip: If you do not see the server that you want to analyze, in the upper-right corner of the page, click Refresh inventory.
Next to the server you want to add, select the check box.
Tip: To refine the list, you can perform the following actions:
Select one or more facets to the left of the list.
Perform a keyword search. If the server is not found, you can click Add server to add the server to the inventory.
Control pagination with the controls at the bottom of the table.
On the Configuration tab, add the information required to complete the configuration.
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Optional: If the file server is a Windows computer or a NetApp file server, to capture additional file information, move the Enable monitoring toggle key to the right.
When Enable monitoring is enabled, all users who accessed, modified, deleted, or renamed a file are captured. Modifying a file includes creating and changing a file.
A data collection job automatically starts.
What to Do Next
After the data collection job is complete, use the overview dashboards to start analyzing data.
To give users access to the file servers that you added to File Storage Optimization, see Setting Permissions on a File Server.