About placeholder shortcuts
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When FSA archives a file it can optionally leave a placeholder shortcut. Placeholder shortcuts behave exactly as the original files. A placeholder shortcut has the same file extension as the file to which it is a shortcut. When a user opens a placeholder shortcut, the original file is retrieved automatically.
Placeholder shortcuts are supported on NTFS devices, NetApp filers, and EMC Celerra/VNX devices. To use placeholders on a Windows file server the FSA Agent must be installed on the file server.
For details of the exact requirements for placeholders, see the Enterprise Vault Compatibility Charts.
When you define an FSA policy that specifies leaving placeholder shortcuts, you can choose whether to do the following:
Delete placeholders for the items that have been deleted from archives.
Delete archived files when placeholders are deleted.
Table: Characteristics of placeholder shortcuts describes the behavior of placeholder shortcuts when you open, copy, move, or delete them.
Table: Characteristics of placeholder shortcuts
Note the following restrictions and limitations that relate to placeholders:
Unwanted placeholder recalls can occur if you use the Windows Explorer preview pane that is provided with Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2. When you select a placeholder, Windows recalls the file to display the preview. This restriction is due to a limitation with the previewing of offline files.
Files that were migrated from Novell file systems or from HPFS (OS/2) file systems
Files that were previously archived with applications such as EMC DiskXtender
Enterprise Vault archives files that have extented attributes, but the placeholder creation fails. This limitation is due to a Microsoft restriction: placeholders use reparse points, which cannot contain extended attributes.
EVEARemovalUtility is a command line utility that removes extended attributes from files, so that Enterprise Vault can create placeholders for them successfully. For more information about EVEARemovalUtility, see the Utilities guide.
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