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Working with File Groups

Updated: April 25, 2007

Applies To: Windows Server 2003 R2

Before you begin working with file screens, you must understand the role of file groups in determining which files are screened. A file group is used to define a namespace for a file screen, file screen exception, or storage report.

A file group consists of a set of file name patterns, which are grouped into files to include and files to exclude:

  • Files to include: files that belong in the group.

  • Files to exclude: files that do not belong in the group.

For example, an Audio Files file group might include the following file name patterns:

  • Files to include: *.mp*: Includes all audio files created in current and future MPEG formats (MP2, MP3, and so forth).

  • Files to exclude: *.mpp: Excludes files created in Microsoft® Project (.mpp files), which would otherwise be included by the *.mp* inclusion rule.

File Server Resource Manager provides several default file groups. You can define additional file groups, or change the files to include and exclude. Any changes that you make to a file group affect all existing file screens, templates, and reports to which the file group has been added.

noteNote
For convenience, you can modify file groups when you edit the properties of file screens, file screen exceptions, and file screen templates. Note that any changes that you make to a file group from these property sheets will affect all items that use that file group.

To create a file group
  1. In the console tree, under File Screen Management, right-click File Groups, and then click Create file group.

    -Or-

    While you edit the properties of a file screen, file screen exception, or file screen template, under Manage file groups, click Create.

    This opens the Create File Group Properties dialog box.

  2. Type a name for the file group.

  3. Add files to include and files to exclude:

    • For each set of files that you want to include in the file group, in Files to include, type a file name pattern, and then click Add.

      Standard wildcard rules apply. For example, *.exe selects all executable files.

    • For each set of files that you want to exclude from the file group, in Files to exclude, type a file name pattern, and then click Add.

  4. Click OK.

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