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Migrating placeholders with FSA Utility

Created: 17 Jun 2013 • Updated: 21 Jun 2013 | 3 comments
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Hi All,

I am looking for information about migrating placeholders with FSA Utility. Our file servers have a lot of mixed data, lots of folders where many files will archive, but a few wont (.exe's, etc.).  I would like to move all of the data in a share from one disk, to another disk on another server. That data includes FSA shortcuts, and actual files.  How do I get both over, while maintaining the shortcuts? 

FSA Utility has a switch to migrate placeholders (-pm parameter), which sounds like what I need to do, but I need to make sure it migrates it with/alongside the non archived files as well. If I just run a robocopy or something to move all the files from one to another, without involving EV, it seems to recall all the files, then copy them un-archived.

It seems like I could just delete the archives, copy the files, then re-apply the archiving rules against the destination but that seems sloppy and there a way to do what I need to do?

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Rob.Wilcox's picture

You may wish to look at our product FSA Migrator.  That will copy offline and online files, and it's schedule-able and fast. It will use the 'source' file server as the source, copying online files directly to the target, and recalling the archived items directly back to the target.

Once all the data has landed on the target you can then re-archive, if you wish, or leave as-is.

Darren Locke's picture

Check out this whitepaper:

You can run robocopy with the /XA:O switch to prevent it from recalling archived files. So robocopy with /XA:O for non-archived files and FSAUtility -pm for the placeholders.

You don't say what version of EV you are on, but ensure you are on 9.0.4 with the latest CHFs or 10.0.3 prior to running FSAUtility.


Nate.D's picture

Thanks for both answers, I will look into that product as we use this more often Rob. Thanks Darren for the whitepaper.

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