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Software to move / archive files by last access date

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Does anyone have any experience with software which will move files to a given folder/s by last access date?  Please note :  I would also like a pointer left in the original source folder which will bring the file back to 'live' if it is subsequently accessed.  

i.e. really I want this whole process to be invisible to users - their data folders should look the same but in the background I want files not accessed for x days to be moved to an archive server - thus making the live server more trim in the event of a DR.

Ideally destination folder names would be created same as source folders rather than just dumped into one great archive folder

I don't want any batch files or such - would rather something with a nice front end and easy-to-use.

Any ideas anyone?
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE earned 500 total points
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Hi Malc,
One approach to what you're looking for is Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM). Other terms for it are Automated Tiered Storage, Information Lifecycle Management, and I'm sure others.

One such HSM product is Moonwalk:
www.moonwalkinc.com/

I presume you're in a Windows environment, so look here (if not, peruse the website for your platform):
http://www.moonwalkinc.com/products/moonwalk-for-windows.html

Moonwalk performs file migration to secondary storage, transparently to the users. For your request to have "a pointer left in the original source folder", Moonwalk does this with what it calls a "stub" – info that remains on primary storage containing the new location of the file. So from a user’s perspective, the whole process is invisible – the file appears to be in primary storage, readily available. In other words, users access the files that were moved to secondary storage via these "stub" files that remain at the original file location.

To learn a bit more, here's a quick-read brochure:
http://www.moonwalkinc.com/images/low_Moonwalk_Broch.pdf

I've never deployed this solution, so you're on your own to evaluate it. I became aware of it in my IT travels and pass it along for your consideration. Regards, Joe
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Joe
Thanks for the information and advice about the terminology used in this field.

Moonwalk looks like the sort of thing I need.  I will go through a trial at some point.  Thank you for pointing me in the right direction.

regards

Malc
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Malc,
You're welcome. Good luck on the project. If you don't mind taking the time, please post back here with your experiences/results. This will be very helpful to other members of the EE community. Thanks, Joe
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I was just looking at MoonWalk.  I would LOVE to know how it went.  Did you get pricing from them?
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