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Exclude files in FSA

Created: 19 Apr 2006 • Updated: 22 May 2010 | 10 comments

Running EN6.0 SP2 FSA, i know i can set a rule to NOT archive files by name (volume rules\rules\do not archive) but is there a way to exclude whole directories from being archived?

Thanks

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Jason Szeto's picture

There are probably a number ways of doing it. You could do it by moving your archive points to start at different levels. You could probably create a folder policy to override your volume policy and just creat a do not archvie rule.

Micah Wyenn 2's picture

Jason's right here...the cleaner way to do it is the archive points, but both will work.

micah

Richard ware's picture

Thanks Jason/Micah, the archive point way seems more complex, maybe my understanding is not right, the folder way seems easier and am looking at that way forward.

thanks

Micah Wyenn 2's picture

I think our point was more to the "architecture" solution vs the rule based solution. A good example would be:

If your file server tree was:

root
|
->base1
->base2

And you could move your special exemption folders to the "base2" directory...you could create two archive points (one for base1, the other for base2) in order to better manage your FSA. It's a bit cleaner then using multiple rules, and lends itself to better scalability.

Now of course, this assumes that you can willynilly rearchitect your existing FS structure. If you can't (with I admit will be 85% percent of the cases in the real world), implementing mutliple rules is the right way to go.

I just wanted to be clear so you knew where we were coming from. :)

micah

Richard ware's picture

Micah

When i said "more complex" Thats what i meant, Modifying the FS structure is impossible, the directories i need to exclude are the visual source safe ones which are spread far and wide so i think the folder policy method is better suited to my situation.

thanks anyway.

Richard ware's picture

micah

On another rnote, you recall my post regarding "total system Failure", the problem was the sites in the local intranet disappearing, have you ever had this sort of thing happen?

regards

TonySterling's picture

I have seen that happen when a GPO erased them out of the local intranet zone. Might be worth checking that.

Richard ware's picture

tony

Have you got any other info on that, were symantec involved etc.. I really need to find out if the xxx,000 pounds worth of investment we have made is going to do it again?

cheers

TonySterling's picture

I saw that case when I was in support. I didn't work the case myself, but the same thing happened to another customer. In the end, the customer found there was a gpo being applied every so often that removed the sites from the zone, so they just excluded the computer from the gpo. May not be what happened to you, but definitly worth checking.

Micah Wyenn 2's picture

Tony's so right on this one...whenever there's weirness afoot in a client site, I always check the GPO's first. 85% of time they're messing with something.

micah