Considerations for File Monitoring

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Applies to: Data source is a Windows computer or a NetApp filer where Analyze from source is selected

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 using file monitoring, review the considerations for the Index Server and for the data sources.

NetApp Filer

  • If you use a NetApp c-mode filer, add an array with the necessary user credentials.

  • The Index Server that communicates with the NetApp filer must meet the following requirements:

    • The Index Server must be installed on a server that has a Windows operating system.

    • The Index Server must be installed in the same domain as the NetApp filer unless you use an access node.

    • The Index Server cannot be the proxy computer used in archiving for recalling stubs.

  • If you use an access node, the access node must be installed in the same domain as the NetApp filer and cannot be the proxy computer used in archiving for recalling stubs.

  • The following considerations apply when the file system data source is an NFS path:

    • You must expose the path as a CIFS so that it can be monitored.

    • The NFS protocol does not provide the user name, so the user name will not be available in Activate.

    • Version 3 of the NFS protocol (NFSv3) does not support the accessed and modified event types.

  • For rich text format (RTF) files, the NetApp filer does not support the create event type.

  • File operations performed on the Index Server itself are not monitored.

Windows

  • The Index Server that communicates with the Windows data source has the following requirements:

    • The Index Server must be installed on a server that has a Windows operating system.

    • The Index Server cannot be the proxy computer used in archiving for recalling stubs.

  • The Windows data source must have the file system agent installed. The file system agents is needed to monitor changes to the files.