So, all you sysadmins. Do you have any suggestions for getting[color=blue]
[L]users to clean up obsolete, duplicated, unnecessary files, or have
you all succumb to just adding more and more storage, increasing backup
times, etc etc to keep the idiot masses happy never having to delete
Yah I run into that often Steve and at least for the size of our company,
ever increasing storage is unsustainable. We would have to invest in some
sort of real time duplication to continue further growth. The backups will
not fit in even a 12 hour window with two backup servers and the highest end
drives I could find. The only other way I could see speeding it up would be
to have a maintenance network with a 10GB backbone but pretty sure I’d bump
up against other limits elsewhere. Presently we do D2D2T.
So, what I do is twice a year is declare a week of house cleaning and make
idle threats about purging stuff. Tell people if they have something they
aren’t using but want to archive for future use, put it in a folder labeled
archive. Most people know what they are using regularly.
At the end of spring cleaning the folders labeled ‘archive’ get written to
some form of long term storage (usually DVD/Blu-Ray) and the archive folders
are purged. Nice thing is if you are using Novell you can normally grab
files back using Salvage and never have to go to media.
I have the same program in place with eMail.
Have I ever gone to DVD to recover something…oh yes.
Normally for legal inquiries.
Even if you don’t get 100% participation you can normally cleave off a good
bit of ‘kruft’. At last purge I reduced our backup window by 2 hours.