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FSA Question - retire file server

Created: 19 Nov 2012 • Updated: 20 Nov 2012 | 3 comments
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Is it possible to archived all data and the server removed from the network, how could the data then be retrieved onto a different server if required?

Is this something that is possible?

Many Thanks

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TonySterling's picture

You can look at FSAUtility:

About FSAUtility

FSAUtility is a command-line utility with which you can do the following:

  • Recreate archive points on the original path.

  • Recreate the placeholders for archived files in their original location.

  • Move placeholders from one location to another location and move the archived files to the corresponding destination archive, which is represented by the archive point on the path.

  • Migrate placeholders from a source path to a destination path without any movement of the archived data.

  • Delete orphaned placeholders for which no corresponding item exists in the archive.

  • Restore all archived files, or archived files of the specified file types, to their original location or a new location.

  • Recall the archived files that correspond to placeholders that are present in a folder.

The utility works with archive points and placeholders on Windows file servers, NetApp filers, and EMC Celerra/VNX devices.

For details of the utility, see the Utilities guide.

See Running FSAUtility

See FSAUtility options

See About using FSAUtility with EMC Celerra/VNX placeholders

See About Enterprise Vault utilities

JesusWept3's picture

One thing to keep in mind with retiring a file server
be very very careful with the permissions that you grant, because once that server is no longer accessible, the permissions will remain and cannot be changed

So for instance if you have someone who can see \\fileServerA\folder1\folder2
and you no longer wish them to have access to \folder2\ normally you would remove the users permissions, then sync permissions against FSA and that would be fine.
But once the server no longer exists, there is nothing you can do to remove the permissions from \folder2

ia01's picture

Thanks Tony and JW, both answers were very helpful!