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Rob.Wilcox | 29 Nov 2013 | 2 comments
A few days ago I was asked a question via my blog about Enterprise Vault and Windows 2012 Deduplication.  I've done a little research and this blog post is the result of that.  First of all when you read about it on Technet it would sound at first site that this will not be able to play nicely with Enterprise Vault File System Archiving:

Data Deduplication Characteristics:

1) Transparent and easy to use: Deduplication can be easily installed and enabled on selected data volumes in a few seconds. Applications and end...
Rob.Wilcox | 26 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

 Much of the work/thoughts behind this post come from Jochen Koecher, I've just done the leg work of doing screenshots and writing stuff down in a slightly different format. The blog posts discusses a lesser-known field in the Enterprise Vault Directory Database called BackupModeRefCount. When you put a Vault Store into and out-of backup mode this field is used to keep track, as a counter of sorts.

So to get to the nuts and bolts of this ...

set-vaultstorebackupmode lots evsql VaultStore

This puts my Vault Store called lots into backup mode. You can see this in SQL:


If I do the same command again, you can see the reference count has gone up:
Rob.Wilcox | 25 Nov 2013 | 1 comment

I just spotted that Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 3 was released by the Exchange team at Microsoft. It's a huge 1.5 GB in size.  It's great to see updates coming out so quickly, it means that problems are being addressed in nice, quick order.

Before launching the installer though and updating your Exchange 2013 environment take a moment to consider the Enterprise Vault Compatibility Charts.  They only go as far as Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 2.  So..  in sort, until the charts are updated, don't update Exchange. You might break something in Enterprise Vault, and Symantec will not 'guarantee' that it can be fixed, until they have certified the Cumulative Update.



Marty Jost | 24 Nov 2013 | 1 comment

A New Federal Records Management Mandate

Federal agencies were issued a directive in November, 2011 by President Barack Obama to reform records management policies & practices.  The Presidential Records Management Directive (PRMD) instructed Federal Agencies to move from paper based records management to digitized formats – and even convert existing paper records to digital.  It’s a multi-year initiative covering all aspects of government record keeping.  The directive put the responsibility for defining implementation guidelines under the National Archive Records Agency (NARA).

Capstone Background

Today, records management is usually done with manual printing and filing processes.  The massive volume of email has made it difficult to keep up and many agencies have struggled to comply with the Federal Records Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and other information management regulations. 

The Capstone...

Rob.Wilcox | 23 Nov 2013 | 0 comments
In a previous article we discussed how to close off Index Locations in Enterprise Vault 10 in order to stop data being written to them. This will prevent the growth in disk space usage of where those volumes are. The next step might be that you really still have to free up some space, so you want to move some index volumes associated with particular archives. In this blog, I'll explain how.
The process starts with the Manage Indexes wizard. This can be access by right clicking on the 'Indexing' node in the VAC, and launching it from the pop-up menu, then clicking on 'Change Location':
Starting off
This wizard has some great information in it to help you with the process, so if you are not familiar with doing this, or haven't done it in a while, read through...
interested_party | 22 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

We have all heard the horror stories of the administrator finding out that the last good backup was three months old after something has gone wrong.  Obviously, no one wants to loose months’ worth of work. Listed below is an article that can help verify that your backups are still going strong, and a best practices article for improved reliability. Please take a moment and ensure that your regularly scheduled backups are functioning as planned.   How to verify backups are working   Best Practices for Backing Up Clearwell eDiscovery

Rob.Wilcox | 19 Nov 2013 | 0 comments
Which retention category an email has been stored under is not something that users usually concern themselves with. For the most part, once it's archived it's archived, and they're done with it. From time to time though, users do want to know. So how can an end-user find out the retention categories which have been used?  Well, below I've listed a few different options which will help your users find the retention category if they need to:
- Archive Explorer
     - Has to be selected from Display Options on each folder
- Folder Properties
     - Has to be enabled in the policy, and works best with an update to client (10.0.4) and server (also 10.0.4). In the past this could be used when the DCOM or Full client was used, but that has all gone away and the Outlook Add-in for 10.0.4 provides the appropriate functionality in a single client.
Neelum | 18 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

We’re happy to announce Mobile Web Access for Symantec Enterprise With Mobile Web Access, access your archive from whatever device you’re on without downloading an application. It’s easy to use and lets you search and access your archived information from anywhere. Mobile Web Access is available to existing Enterprise Personal Archive customers at no cost.

“As the proliferation of devices takes organizations by storm, end users are increasingly leveraging smartphones and tablets to get work done on-the-go. However, they find themselves limited when it comes to searching for older information required to do their job that is not available on the device they have at hand,” said Christopher Moreau, Principal Product Manager, Information Management at Symantec. “Enterprise Mobile Web Access gives these users a simple way to access and search archived information they find critical to their daily business...

Rob.Wilcox | 17 Nov 2013 | 0 comments
Following on from a previous blog where I discussed what happens when users  move items around in their Virtual Vault, the question this time is what happens if users move whole folders around in their Virtual Vault.  Again the change takes place during the next manual or automatic synchronisation of Virtual Vault, and in detail we see:
The Outlook Add-in gets a slot on the Enterprise Vault server:
11/11/2013 11:42:25.506[2036][H]: HDR: Requesting page: Slot.aspx?ArchiveID=1A14BEF784CF2D94F88B73CDCA138D7DF1110000evserver&TimeOut=0
And a request to get a synchronisation point so the Add-in knows where changes are processed up to:
11/11/2013 11:42:25.941[2036][H]: HDR: Requesting page: SyncPoint.aspx?Slot=3abe3887-2614-430e-9848-92711522fc4d&ArchiveID=1A14BEF784CF2D94F88B73CDCA138D7DF1110000evserver&SyncPoint=510&SiteID=...
Rob.Wilcox | 14 Nov 2013 | 0 comments
Many organisations have successfully rolled out Virtual Vault as part of their end-user experience with Enterprise Vault.  Users will normally quite quickly become familiar with the interface presented in Outlook and will start to happily re-arrange items in it, perhaps far more readily than they did previously with PST files.  The question is:
What actually happens when a user drags and drops items between folders in Virtual Vault?
The answer is that the changes are processed the next time Virtual Vault synchronisation runs be it at a scheduled time or when the user clicks on the sychronisation button.  In detail what will be seen is the following sequence of events:
The synchronisation will start, and a slow will be obtained:
11/11/2013 11:16:03.786[2036][H]: HDR: Requesting page: Slot.aspx?ArchiveID=...