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Dec 132012
 

One of the things that people sometimes consider doing on their Enterprise Vault environment is to enable collections. Regular, plain, simple NTFS Collections, done by Enterprise Vault. What this does is collect together some of the files that Enterprise Vault has generated when archiving items, and put them in to a CAB file.

This has the advantage that backups can be sped up somewhat because the many, many small files are now much fewer, larger files.. and backup software likes things like that.

When enabling collections, and running them, these are the sort of events that you can see logged in the event log:

Information 28/11/2012 16:09:56 Enterprise Vault 6854 Storage File Watch

Log Name: Symantec Enterprise Vault
Source: Enterprise Vault
Date: 28/11/2012 16:09:56
Event ID: 6854
Task Category: Storage File Watch
Level: Information
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: ev1a.EV.Local
Description:
A Partition's Collector run has started.
Partition Root Path: C:\Enterprise Vault Stores\vs1 Ptn1

And then when stopping:

Information 28/11/2012 16:10:02 Enterprise Vault 6855 Storage File Watch

Log Name: Symantec Enterprise Vault
Source: Enterprise Vault
Date: 28/11/2012 16:10:02
Event ID: 6855
Task Category: Storage File Watch
Level: Information
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: ev1a.EV.Local
Description:
A Partition's Collector run has finished.
Partition Root Path: C:\Enterprise Vault Stores\vs1 Ptn4
Archived items: 0
Files added to collections: 0
Collections: 0
Time taken for the run [H:M:S]: 0:00:00

Event logged when backup is needed, because items aren’t put in to collections until they have been backed up :

Information 28/11/2012 16:04:06 Enterprise Vault 7133 Storage File Watch

Log Name: Symantec Enterprise Vault
Source: Enterprise Vault
Date: 28/11/2012 16:04:06
Event ID: 7133
Task Category: Storage File Watch
Level: Information
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: ev1a.EV.Local
Description:
A Partition's Collector run has finished.
Some files were not collected because they have not been backed up.
Partition Root Path: C:\Enterprise Vault Stores\vs1 Ptn5
Archived items: 0
Files added to collections: 0
Collections: 0
Time taken for the run [H:M:S]: 0:01:22

When a good amount HAS been collected we see:

Information 28/11/2012 16:05:55 Enterprise Vault 6855 Storage File Watch

Log Name: Symantec Enterprise Vault
Source: Enterprise Vault
Date: 28/11/2012 16:05:55
Event ID: 6855
Task Category: Storage File Watch
Level: Information
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: ev1a.EV.Local
Description:
A Partition's Collector run has finished.
Partition Root Path: C:\Enterprise Vault Stores\vs1 Ptn1
Archived items: 7941
Files added to collections: 7986
Collections: 41
Time taken for the run [H:M:S]: 0:03:55
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