According to the documentation in "FPolicy for Data ONTAP 7.3 User's Guide" (from the file mm_oc_731_fpolicy.pdf), it states the following:
The asynchronous notification feature enables the storage system to send FPolicy notifications to the
FPolicy server asynchronously. This means that the storage system sends a response to client requests
without waiting for the FPolicy server to respond to the file screening request.
To me, what this means is that when a NetApp Filer storage device makes a call to our FPolicy Server application using the RPC method call "FP_ScreenRequest2" (we register as 'version=2'), the file operation from the end user, for example, when a user saves a file, shoule NOT be blocked and have to wait for our FPolicy Server application to return a value from the "FP_ScreenRequest2" RPC method call.
However, in my testing, this does not appear to be the case. I can start up my FPolicy Server application, attach a debugger to it, put a breakpoint in the "FP_ScreenRequest2" method. Then, I open an existing file in Notepad, modify it, then click to save it. This causes a "FP_ScreenRequest2" to be triggered and my breakpoint it hit. But now, Notepad is frozen. And it will not unfreeze until my "FP_ScreenRequest2" method returns. This is not an asynchronous behavior in my opinion.
Can anybody else confirm or deny this?
I am testing against a NetApp Filer simulator, not a real physical NetApp storage device.
Our FPolicy is:
CIFS file policy is enabled.
File policy BW_43fb057a0990485f9c6bc7e24a4d344f (file screening) is enabled.
File screen servers P/S Connect time (dd:hh:mm) Reqs Fails
10.6.167.92 \\NETAPP-TEST Pri 00:00:07 2 0
ServerID: 146 IDL Version: 2 SMB Request Pipe Name: \ntapfprq_BW_43fb057a0990485f9c6bc7e24a4d344f
Options enabled: async, version2
File create,File rename,File delete,File write,Setattr
Directory rename,Directory delete,Directory create
Above operations are monitored for CIFS only
List of extensions to screen:
List of extensions not to screen:
Extensions-not-to-screen list is empty.
Number of requests screened : 7
Number of screen failures : 0
Number of requests blocked locally : 0
When our FPolicy Server application registers with the NetApp Filer storage device, it get some Filer information and then uses the the "FP_Registration_V2" RPC method:
The version of the NetApp Filer 'NETAPPSIM' was found to be: Short version: '8.1.1X34'. Long version: 'NetApp Release 8.1.1X34 7-Mode: Thu May 31 21:30:59 PDT 2012'
Registering with FPolicy V2 with the following information:
So you can see we're registering with 'async', but we're not getting what I would consider asynchronous behavior.
Any help would be appreciated. If you need more information, I can try to provide it.