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New TR Released: TR-4670 FPolicy Solution Guide for ONTAP: IntraFind


1 Introduction

NetApp® FPolicyTM is a file access notification framework that allows users to monitor file access over NFS and CIFS protocols. This feature was introduced in NetApp clustered Data ONTAP® 8.2, a scale-out architecture that enables a rich set of use cases working with partners. The FPolicy framework requires that all the nodes in the cluster are running Data ONTAP 8.2 or later. FPolicy supports all SMB versions such as SMB 1.0 (also known as CIFS), SMB 2.0, SMB 2.1, and SMB 3.0. It also supports major NFS versions such as NFS v3 and NFS v4.0.

The FPolicy framework natively supports a simple file-blocking use case, which enables administrators to restrict end users from storing unwanted files. For example, an administrator can block audio and video files from being stored in data centers, which saves precious storage resources. This feature blocks files based on only extension. For more advanced features, partner solutions must be considered.

The FPolicy framework enables partners to develop applications catering to a diverse set of use cases. The use cases include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • File screening

  • File access reporting

  • User and directory quotas

  • HSM and archiving solutions

  • File replication

  • Data governance

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