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Micro Focus Storage Manager 5.2 Released

(May 16, 2017)

Storage Manager 5.2 for Active Directory delivers new product enhancements that continue to add value to Storage Manager for Active Directory customers. In fact, the new Work Log Reports capability actually details much of that value by reporting on the management tasks that Storage Manager is performing.

The Storage Manager 5.2 Engine is backwards compatible with the Storage Manager 4 and 5 Event Monitor. The Storage Manager 5.2 Engine requires the 5.2 version of the SMAdmin administrative client. We recommend that you update all Storage Manager components at your earliest convenience.

Work Log Reports
The Work Log is a mechanism that maintains a history of Storage Manager events, or in other words, actions that Storage Manager has performed. The Work Log contains summary records for events that have run to completion or have been aborted by administrative action. Work Log reports are built in SMAdmin using a pivot grid interface. There are four preset options for viewing data, along with a playground option that lets you choose the parameters and presentation of the report.

In the example above, the administrator is using the playground option of the Work Log Report to show Storage Manager events that have taken place. The playground option enables you to specify what fields to include in the report.

Storage Manager enables you to export Work Log reports to the following formats:

The Work Log is an optional component of Storage Manager and requires you to install Apache CouchDB.

Updated Engine Status Page
Information on this page is now presented graphically. Additionally, the event logging is now on a persistent basis.

By holding down the Control key and selecting table cells, you can specify what parameters are graphed over a selected number of days.

Additional Enhancements
There are new Action Blocks for Move Schedule and Target Path.

Nested DFS Namespace Support addresses DFS configurations where a DFS link is configured to point to the root of a DFS namespace.

A new option for groom rules lets you now specify a set number of years that the contents of a user or group folder will be vaulted, based on a specified policy or groom operation. This is particularly useful for archiving files that have not been accessed or modified since a specific year.

Micro Focus Storage Manager 5.1 Released

(December 13, 2016)

Storage Manager 5.1 for Active Directory offers significant feature and performance enhancements that existing Storage Manager for Active Directory customers will want to leverage right away. In addition to upgrading the Engine, you will need to upgrade SMAdmin and all of your Agents to version 5.1. The Storage Manager 5.1 Engine is backwards compatible with the Storage Manager 4 and 5 Event Monitor. However, if you would like to use the new Scope feature, you must upgrade the Event Monitor to 5.1.

Event Monitor Scope
Rather than burdening the Storage Manager Event Monitor in observing all events in the Active Directory forest or domain, this new feature lets you "scope" the segments of the forest or domain that the Event Monitor will monitor. A scoped segment of the forest or domain might include specific containers or groups.

Use the new Scope feature to specify which areas of the Active Directory domain or forest are to be included and excluded from event monitoring.

Managed Path Naming Attribute
No longer dependent on the name of the sAMAccountName attribute value, which might or might not be a descriptive name of the user or group, you can now choose from among multiple attributes for the user or group folder name.

Any single-value AD Attribute can be selected.

Multi-Principal Group Storage Policies
This new policy type allows for multiple groups to access a shared group folder, with each group having different sets of permissions to the group folder.

Storage Manager 5.1 for Active Directory provides the ability to provision and manage folders that can be owned by multiple Active Directory security groups. Each group's access to these folders is dependent on the security group object's security principal.

Cross-Forest Data Management
Once you have established a trust relationship, you now have the ability to manage data in a secondary forest.

When managing data across forests, the User and Group objects must reside in the primary forest, but these objects' data can be managed in the secondary forest's network file system.

Faster Data Copying
Multi-threaded data copying now speeds up any management task involving data movement.

New Action Blocks
There are new Action Blocks for Managed Path Naming Attributes and Multi-Principal Group Storage policies.

Micro Focus Storage Manager 5.0 Released

(July 19, 2016)

Storage Manager 5.0 for Active Directory greatly expands the capabilities for automating network file system management through an impressive set of new product enhancements that customers will want to utilize right away.

Product Rebranding

Storage Manager 3.0 is completely rebranded as a Micro Focus product. Wizards, login screens, and even the licensing site has been given a Micro Focus branding makeover. As part of the rebranding work, we gave the administrative tool, now named SMAdmin, a makeover as well.

The new SMAdmin interface

Action Blocks
Action Blocks are a new feature in Storage Manager that allow the sharing of specific policy options among multiple policies. This eliminates the need for policies to inherit from each other and promotes the sharing of general and often repeated policy options such as groom and vault rules.

Extended Capabilities for Non-Policy Managed Storage
In version 4.0, we introduced the ability to copy data across the network without the need for a policy. This ability to perform actions without the use of a policy has now been extended to include File Grooming.

Active Directory to Active Directory Cross-Empire Data Migration
This new feature allows you to migrate data from Active Directory forest to another. Similar in approach to the previously-available eDirectory to Active Directory Cross-Empire Data Migration, this feature uses an easy-to-use wizard interface.

And More
In addition to a number of bug fixes, improved the speed of data copying and migrations.