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Robocopy stubs without inflating them

Created: 15 Apr 2013 • Updated: 05 May 2013 | 8 comments
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Hi all

I'm trying copy a large amount of file data. A good amount of these files are archived using Enterprise Vault and I wish to keep the files archived at the target location, and also at the source location (i.e. just copy the stubs over).

I'm currently trying to use robocopy to do this - the /sl switch seems to partially be of use as it copies the stubs but unfortunately also inflates at the source.

Is there a best practice way of doing this?

I've looked into FSAUtility but it only seems useful for working with archived files and not the unarchived files.

Thanking you!

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JesusWept3's picture

Why not do it overnight and turn the phs off?

rumforbreakfast's picture

Thanks - can you please elaborate on phs? My google-fu is failing me.

Advisor's picture

its placeholder service running on File Server

Trafford's picture

To copy stubs without inflating them you need FSAUtility

You then use RoboCopy to copy only the NON-Archived files, skipping the stubs.

THere is a whitepaper covering this in more detail

Migrating and Consolidating
File Servers with Enterprise Vault
Evan Barrett
Enterprise Vault Technical Field Enablement


I recently deployed an FSA solution and ran into a number of issues with moving / copying / deleting files and placeholders under archive points.

I summarised my How To and findings in the attached draft document, It has some answers but also raises some questions to which I don not yet have comprehensive answers. So trat this with caution it has not been exhaustively tested, or verified by Symantec.

Draft-Managing EV Archived File Servers.pdf 118.95 KB
FSA-Effects of Modifying, moving or deleting FSA Folders.pdf 55.58 KB

John Gowing - Symantec EV Exchange STS

DFA Solutions

Cape Town

Trafford's picture

There is also some discussion on this in the white paper  "Enterprise Vault Best Practices
Implementing File System Archiving"

John Gowing - Symantec EV Exchange STS

DFA Solutions

Cape Town

JesusWept3's picture

PHS is te enterprise vault placeholder service , stopping that means no recalls occur

rumforbreakfast's picture

Thank you everyone. I'll report back with my results once done.

Rob.Wilcox's picture

You may also want to investigate our product, FSA Migrator.

We can copy online, and offline files with ease.