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File server resource manager - problem with feature "Least Recently Accessed Files"

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Dear experts,
I am using a 2003 R2 file server with activated scan for "Least Recently Accessed Files". Due to the nature of NTFS, the attribute "last access" gets updated by a lot of actions, including indexing of that file. Of course, to really make this scan valuable, I would only like to see, when a user has last accessed files and nothing else.

Is there any possibility to make this file server feature usable and still have indexing/synchronizing activated on that data volume?
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You can totally disable the "Last access" feature using a registry key (see below)
   http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/DisableLastAccessUpdate.zip

But you can't select which applications are allowed to update this timestamp :-(

By the way, did you disable the 8.3 filename creation using a registry key in the hive
 HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem\
Setting NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation to 1 will disable 8.3 filename from the next reboot
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Thanks for the comment, but disabling it won't get me any further. What would I gain if I disable 8.3?
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Disabling 8.3 improves NTFS perf

This is very noticeable if you have folders with tons of files...and costless.
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I am not looking for performance improvements here.
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As stated before, you can't select which applications are allowed to update this "Last Access" timestamp :-(

You can start the file "Audit" feature and analyse the log. That is the expected results of a file audit feature.
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Facts:
-McKnife asked for a non existing feature (Having some apps not updating the NTFS file's "LastAccess" timestamp)
-I replied "You can totally disable the feature and use the "Audit" NTFS capability to render the expected results" (He wants to know when users accessed a file...which is exactly what auditing the file access does)

I think :
-the question was a good and serious question
-its answer should be useful in a EE KB
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Hi!
Auditing is no way to make that very file server resource manager feature usable as the quota management does not care for auditing results. So in my opinion, this is an answer to a different question.
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Every audit log is in the very standard "Event log" format...
You can try an automated Audit reader which does this job for you.
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Dear BigSchmuh, what should I do this for? This is not helpful to get the quota subfeature going, which is what I'm asking for - I am not looking for the information "when was this file last accessed" itself. Please accept my decision to close this question.
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Your initial question was about updating the LastAccess timestamp...

Please read...
  http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp?hi=405
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As I already knew http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp?hi=405 and should respect it, please accept my apologies.
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Thanks !

Hope I can offer a better help next time
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