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    I have 10 Windows 2K3 servers which are domain controllers and file & print servers around the country. I've been asked to find out what the change rate of data is on each server, ie. how much data is changing in the users' files. The goal is to determine if we can replicate this data back to the head office data centre across our WAN links.

    We also have Novell 4.2 servers which we are migrating off, but these servers are also acting as File & Print for the users. I have setup a mechanism to test the change rate of data on these servers by Robocopying the data to a temp location on the local Windows server at 11:59pm each night and taking copies of the resulting log file. This gives me what I need for the Novell servers.

    So is there a better way to do this on the Windows servers or is the Robocopy method the only way? Are there any freeware/shareware apps that can measure this?
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    Re: Measuring the change rate of data on a file server

    Take an Incremental backup and see how big it is?

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      Re: Measuring the change rate of data on a file server

      If I remember rightly, FSRM in Windows Server 2003 R2 gives a set of file server monitoring functions which include capacity planning tools such as the one you describe - rate of change of storage requirement is, I think you'll agree, a fairly important statistic!


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      • #4
        Re: Measuring the change rate of data on a file server

        Thanks Tom,

        Where do I find the FSRM tools in R2? I've checked a number of my R2 file & print servers and can not find them. Thanks.
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        • #5
          Re: Measuring the change rate of data on a file server

          Don't worry, I found the answer. I had to upgrade the server role to get the new shortcuts in the Administrative Tools folder. Thanks.
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            Re: Measuring the change rate of data on a file server

            Woha! Looks too complicated to use FRSM. Might have to look into another method.... :
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            • #7
              Re: Measuring the change rate of data on a file server

              Supposedly WinDiff can comapre folders as well as files. I've never tried it but it might be worth a look seeing as it's free.

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              • #8
                Re: Measuring the change rate of data on a file server

                Originally posted by JDMils View Post
                Woha! Looks too complicated to use FRSM. Might have to look into another method.... :
                Too complicated? I don't understand... I thought you were being paid for this?


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                • #9
                  Re: Measuring the change rate of data on a file server

                  Tom, I tried it and it warned me that it was only going to show me the first 10,000 records because of an inbuilt record limit. I need the info by Monday and can't afford to spend time learning something new just now, but thanks for your help!
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                    Re: Measuring the change rate of data on a file server

                    Originally posted by JDMils View Post
                    Tom, I tried it and it warned me that it was only going to show me the first 10,000 records because of an inbuilt record limit. I need the info by Monday and can't afford to spend time learning something new just now, but thanks for your help!
                    Surely your deadline has passed, but this was intriguing problem from me to chew on. So what I did was mount the windows file system as a data source in Crystal Reports, then graphed the cumulative total vs. date. The result (quick and dirty!!) is attached. One day I may clean it up, but the concept works.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Measuring the change rate of data on a file server

                      Now that is COOL!
                      Want to tell us more about how you mounted the FS and queried it?
                      I thought I knew CR but I had no idea this was possible
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                      • #12
                        Re: Measuring the change rate of data on a file server

                        NTFS is just a database of files, so Crystal reports has a data connection to it. Go to setup a new connection and you should find it, if not you may have to add it from the CD as a new connection type.
                        As far as I remember it was available since v8.5
                        I have to check if mapped drives will work too.....that could be interesting.
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