Dossier

Download Collector

Please select the operating system of the system where you wish to run the Dossier collector. Note, the Dossier collector may remotely collect data from a variety of operating systems.

1 Download, extract and run the collector.

  • Windows Dossier Collector

  • Linux Dossier Collector

    Limited Preview version of Linux.

2 Upload the Dossier file to create the reports.

3 Select the level of report detail.

Would you like to create an executive summary or a full report? The full report includes the executive summary, more aggregate-level data, and individual file path data.

4 Enter contact information. (Optional)

If the report is for someone else you can enter the name and email to appear on the cover of the report.

Unstructured data is one of the fastest growing data categories in the world.

Dossier is designed to bring insight to unstructured data through rapid file characterization. Once the file characterization process has completed the data can be used to provide useful suggestions regarding capacity utilization, de-duplication, compression, archiving and a wide variety of other associated insight. Dossier creates a Powerpoint and Excel report upon completion that will be available for download.For more info on how to run Dossier on windows/linux click here.

About Dossier

Phases of Operation

Dossier operates in three phases: discovery, collection, and reporting.

Discovery

For the prototype, users manually browse and select root folders on the local host to analyze. The tool will optionally automatically populate some default folders. Default folders will include:

  • Users folders
  • Program Data folders
  • Program Files folders
  • Non-C drives
  • Mounted/Mapped Network Drives

Collection

Once the paths to folders have been selected, Dossier will begin walking the file system trees for the target folders. This process will likely take up to several hours for large file systems.

Collection Host Impact

The Dossier collector walks filesystems visible to the host server as configured by the user. Walking the filesystem has a similar impact to a malware/anti-virus scan in terms of the CPU, memory, and disk resources that will be utilized during the collection. A series of customizable options allow the user to deselect more invasive operations and govern the CPU and memory resources allocated to the Dossier collector.

Supported/Unsupported Operating Systems and Platforms

Collector
Local Windows NTFS Filesystems
Local Linux Any Filesystems
Remote CIFS/SMB File Shares
Remote NFS File Shares*
Microsoft Windows
Windows Server 2008
Local Windows NTFS Filesystems
Local Linux Any Filesystems
Remote CIFS/SMB File Shares
Remote NFS File Shares*
Windows Server 2012
Local Windows NTFS Filesystems
Local Linux Any Filesystems
Remote CIFS/SMB File Shares
Remote NFS File Shares*
Windows Server 2016
Local Windows NTFS Filesystems
Local Linux Any Filesystems
Remote CIFS/SMB File Shares
Remote NFS File Shares*
Windows Server 2019
Local Windows NTFS Filesystems
Local Linux Any Filesystems
Remote CIFS/SMB File Shares
Remote NFS File Shares*
Windows 7, 8, 10
Local Windows NTFS Filesystems
Local Linux Any Filesystems
Remote CIFS/SMB File Shares
Remote NFS File Shares*
Linux
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 7+
Local Windows NTFS Filesystems
Local Linux Any Filesystems
Remote CIFS/SMB File Shares
Remote NFS File Shares*
Ubuntu 12+
Local Windows NTFS Filesystems
Local Linux Any Filesystems
Remote CIFS/SMB File Shares
Remote NFS File Shares*
CentOS 7+
Local Windows NTFS Filesystems
Local Linux Any Filesystems
Remote CIFS/SMB File Shares
Remote NFS File Shares*

*The NFS file share must be mounted by the Linux OS to be visible by the Linux Dossier Collector.

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