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Archive Manager is a one of a kind file archiving solution for files stored in network

 shares, there really is nothing else like it.

For almost the last 10 years It has been the 'go to' choice for organisations both large and small who are looking for an efficient, reliable and flexible solution to archiving files held in network file systems.

It is in use with a huge range and number of organisations, from multi-billion dollar multinational financial organisations to military contractors, sheriff’s departments, health authorities and everything in between.

  • File archiving without a database.

  • Performance that does not degrade no matter how many files you have archived.

  • NTFS permissions and file attributes that are 100% completely preserved at all times.

  • The directory structure holding each file that gets archived is also 100% preserved at all times.

  • Ultra reliable design, no central point of failure.

  • Various types of recall stubs so users can access archived files without the need for assistance.

  • Supports Windows XP, 2003, 2008 R2, 7 and 8, all in both 32bit and 64bit versions.

  • Free trial version that is fully featured with the exception of a 50 file per run limit.

  • Lightweight, high performance, dynamically multi-threading archiving engine.

  • Absolutely no drivers, client side software or agents are needed, anywhere. Archive Manager is a true clientless file archiving solution.

Archive Managers fllexible archiving options let you get to grips with your files in the way that you want to. You can use a whole range of criteria and different options to set up a comprehensive archiving policy for all of your unstructured data.

Support is offered for most network file systems including Windows Server shares, NAS and CIFS shares directly from SAN's.

Archive Manager is capable of handling everything from small branch office file systems, to the PetByte sized storage environments in the largest of data centre. In fact, it has proven to be one of the only file archiving systems that can effortlessly cope with the massive ammounts of data that are held in some of our clients international data centers.

How is this possible? Simple.. No database is ever used to store files in (or even pointers to files). The only database that is used by Archive Manager is the tiny configuration and job scheduling one which will run happily on the completely free SQL Express 2005 or 2008.

All of the information regarding where a file has been archived from and too is maintained in the file system itself through the clever use of directory structures and file properties.Server Room 2

Archive Manager uses a normal share on your network to create a mirror of your  live file system's folder structure. Archived files are then moved into this mirrored  structure. When they have been in the archive share for the period of time you  specify without being recalled back to the live file system, they are written out to  the location you choose to be backed up/deleted. This last step is done by a  special type of job called a 'graveyard' job, which like normal 'archive' jobs is fully configurable and can be scheduled to run once, daily, weekly, monthly, manually or once at a specific time of your choosing.
The archive share itself can be located anywhere that you choose, thus giving you a centralised storage location that retains a great degree of flexibility. The basic operation of Archive Manager is very straightforward, as the graphic below shows.

This example demonstrates how Archive Manager can be deployed on a dedicated server, although many other configurations are possible including ones that require no additional hardware at all.. Archive Manager Deployment Diagram

There are any ways that Archive Manager can be set up, and the example above is just one. If you do not have a server that you wish to set up as a dedicated Archive Manager server you could just as easily use an existing machine, create a new share on the existing volume that contains your live files, compress it with Windows built in NTFS compression and install Archive Manager.

The files in your live file system, the installed copy of Archive Manager and your archive share are all separate components of the same solution and as such can all be located separately (or all on the same machine, it's up to you).

Easy access to archived files can be provided using a range of Windows shortcuts, and Archive Manager can even leave behind true seamless Hard Links to archived files. With Hard Links archived files appear to still be in their original position, even though they are can located on a completely different machine.

Unlike other solutions, Archive Manager does this without the need to install any kind of 3rd party filter drivers or other potentially unstable software on client machines\servers.