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Novell File Reporter 2.6.1

(August 28, 2015)

Novell File Reporter 2.6.1 provides performance improvements, expanded support for EMC Isilon NAS devices, and a variety of bug fixes.

Performance Improvements Minor improvements in error reporting were made for the Custom Query web editor and the Report Branding dialog. Minor logging updates were added to the Agent for identification of failed target paths on scan failure.

Expanded Support for EMC Isilon NAS Devices EMC Isilon NAS devices configured as a cluster with SmartConnect mode enabled is now supported.

Bug Fixes Version 2.6.1 includes a variety of bug fixes. For a detailed list of each, refer to the product Release Notes.

Novell File Reporter 2.6.0

(April 29, 2015)

Highlighting the notable new features and enhancements in Novell File Reporter 2.6 are the ability to keep multiple scans of a storage resource, new Historic Comparison reports, the ability to copy a report definition, the ability to delete a scan immediately, and updates to the Report Designer.

Baseline and Previous Scans Previous versions of Novell File Reporter 2 let you keep only the most recent File System and Permissions scans of a storage resource. With the release of Version 2.6, you can now designate a particular scan to be retained as a "Baseline scan" and keep the existing scan as a "Previous scan". This means that you can now retain up to three scans for each storage resource: a Baseline scan, a Previous scan, and a "Current scan". Any combination of two scans are the means of generating new built-in Historic Comparison reports being introduced in Version 2.6.

Historic Comparison Reports This new built-in report lets you view the changes to a storage resource through a comparison of any two of the following scans: Baseline, Previous, or Current.
Historic Comparison reports include:

  • Historic File System Comparison reports
  • Historic NCP Permissions Comparison reports
  • Historic NTFS Permissions Comparison reports

Graphical summary content from a sample Historic File System Comparison report.

Detailed content from a sample Historic File System Comparison report.

Changes in trustee rights detailed in a sample Historic NCP Permissions Comparison report.

Novell File Reporter 2.5.0

(October 7, 2014)

Novell File Reporter 2.5 introduces significant new features that expand the reporting capabilities of the product, while introducing analytic tools and report viewing and design options.

Custom Query Reports Custom Query reports are reports that Novell File Reporter generates through a series of SQL commands that you enter. These commands enable you to generate very specific detail in reports that are not available through the built-in report types in Novell File Reporter.

The SQL commands are specific to the database (Microsoft SQL Server or PostgreSQL) that your deployment of Novell File Reporter is utilizing. You enter the SQL commands through query editors available from the Novell File Reporter browser-based administrative interface and from the new Report Designer client tool.

SQL commands being entered through the Custom Query Editor.

Report Designer
After you have created a Custom Query report, either through the Report Designer query editor or the query editor built into the browser-based administration interface, you can design the layout of the report from a Windows workstation using the Report Designer.

The Report Designer offers significantly more reporting design capabilities than those available from the browser-based administrative interface.

A sample Custom Query report designed through the Report Designer.

Report Viewer
This new tool allows you to view all stored reports locally from a Windows workstation. Because the Report Viewer uses the resources of the Windows workstation, rather than those of the NFR Engine, the Report Viewer can display stored reports much faster than if you were to obtain them through the NFR Engine.

In comparison to the viewing capabilities of the browser-based administrative interface, the Report Viewer offers more capabilities. For example, with the Report Viewer you can change the visual display parameters of the report.

Viewing a report through the Report Viewer.

Analytic Tools
With the release of Novell File Reporter 2.5, Novell is providing a "Technology Preview" of analytic tools that are still in development. Although some features and capabilities will be introduced at a later time, many of these features and capabilities are available today.

The data analytic tools include the following Windows 64-bit workstation applications:

  • Heat map
  • Pivot table

Heat Map
The new heat map analytic tool lets you select a file system scan and then shows you a graphical matrix of the file system according to Date-Age, Owner, or File Extension options.

The heat map analytic tool.

Using the heat map interface, you can navigate the file system in the top left frame, view the contents in the top middle frame, and change the display parameters in the top right. Placing the cursor over a location on the heat map displays the full file path of an individual file in the bottom portion of the heat map.

Pivot Table
The new pivot table lets you quickly analyze file system scans according to any combination of parameters that you choose.

A sample pivot table.