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Enterprise Reporter 3.5.1 - Configuration Manager User Guide

Product Overview Configuring the Configuration Manager
Starting the Configuration Manager Finding answers and getting help Overview of Enterprise Reporter Communications and Credentials Required Using the Credential Manager Setting Up Your First Collection Computers (Nodes) Modifying Your Deployment Configuring Global Settings Customizing the Configuration Manager View
Understanding Discoveries Creating Discoveries
Step 1. Create the Discovery (Name) Step 2. Choose what to include in your discovery (Scopes) Step 2a. Choose scopes for your on-premises discoveries
Choosing your Active Directory Scopes Choosing your Computer Scopes Choosing Your Exchange Scopes Choosing Your File Storage Analysis Scopes Choosing Your Microsoft SQL Scopes Choosing Your NTFS Scopes Choosing Your Registry Scopes
Step 2b: Choose scopes for your cloud discoveries Step 3. Schedule your Discovery Step 4: Review the summary
Managing Discoveries Troubleshooting Issues with Enterprise Reporter Appendix: PowerShell cmdlets Appendix: Encryption Key Manager Appendix: Log Viewer

NTFS Discovery: Best Practices

This section outlines some best practices to ensure the NTFS discovery and reports are optimized.

Only enable Include hidden shares if this data is needed. Selecting this option will cause a great increase in discovery time because all files on a server will be accessed through system shares such as C$ (C:\ drive) which are all the files and folders on the server.
Only enable the option to collect All folder levels if it is required.
Set the Folder depth to limit the collection to only the levels of folder structure required.
Only enable the option to Collect files and their basic details like size and attributes if file information is required.
Only enable the option to Calculate differences between folders and subfolders if the File and Folder Permissions with Differences report is required.
Enterprise Reporter 3.0 (and later) has a performance option to break up tasks by share. Enable Create a task per share for each computer to allow multiple nodes/threads to collect one large file server.

NTFS Discovery: Include scopes

The scopes you add will determine the computers and specific folders that will be the targets of the discovery when it is run. You can explicitly add domains, OUs, containers, computers, folders, shares, DFS shares, or NAS devices. Domains, OUs and containers can contain many computers, which can significantly increase the time it takes to run the discovery. For more information, see Including Objects in Your Scope .

You can create scopes using a dynamic query, which is resolved when the discovery is run. This gives you the flexibility to describe the computers you want to target. For more information, see Using Queries to Define Your Scopes .

Click Add.
Click Include to add to your selected scopes list.
Click OK
Click Add.
Click Add to Scope | Add DFS share.
Click Include to include the DFS share.

NTFS Discovery: Optionally refine your scope list with exclusions

Exclusions refine the inclusions you have defined. You can do this optional step in conjunction with inclusions. For full details, see Refining Your Scope with Exclusions .

Click Add.
Click Exclude.
Select the file and click Open to start the import.
Click Add.
Click Add.
Click Exclude to exclude the DFS share.

NTFS Discovery: Select your global scopes

Global scopes are folders that are collected from every computer in the scope. When you run the discovery, Enterprise Reporter uses the scopes you selected in the first two steps to resolve a list of computers that will be targeted. Anything you include or exclude globally is applied to these computers. Use global scopes to:


The location of the Common Files folder.
Usually C:\Program Files\Common Files


The location of the Program Files folder.
Usually C:\Program Files


The location of the Windows System32 folder.
Usually C:\Windows\System32


The drive where the operating system is installed.
Usually C:\


The location where Windows is installed.

Usually C:\Windows

Click Include or Exclude.
Optionally select Requirements | Collect only selected shares, folders and DFS shares to suppress the collection of all public shares or volumes.
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