Overview - Windows File System iDataAgent

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The Windows File System iDataAgent provides unified protection and recovery for file system data residing on Windows clients. In addition to complete protection of file system data for disaster recovery, the Windows File System iDataAgent also provides more granular backup and recovery options that operate seamlessly with your data protection. Further options for deduplication, job-management and reporting help to make sure that all of your file system data are easily traceable and retrievable whenever the need arises.

The Windows File Agent can access and back up the data residing on a file server using the CIFS protocol. For more information, see Data Protection for NFS Shares, CIFS Shares, and UNC Paths.

Key Features

The Windows File System iDataAgent offers the following key features:

Simplified Data Management

The Windows File System iDataAgent enables easy management of all the Windows systems in your environment, by providing a singular approach to manage the data  using the same unified console and infrastructure.

Point-in-Time Recovery

In the event of a serious system failure, such as the breakdown of hardware, software, or operating systems, the Windows File System iDataAgent provides point-in-time recovery of files at any given time.

System State

The Windows File System system state contains many components and services that are critical to recovery of the Windows operating system. The system state is backed up and restored as part of Windows File System iDataAgent backup and restore.

Office Communications Server

The Office Communications Server contains data, settings, and metadata that are critical to data protection operations residing in both the File System and SQL databases. In order to fully protect the Office Communications Server, the OCS data settings and the OCS metadata must be backed up.

Backup and Recovery Failovers

In the event that a MediaAgent used during a backup or recovery operation fails, the operation will automatically resume on an alternate MediaAgent from the point of failure. This is especially useful for backups and restores of large amounts of file system data.

In the event, that a network goes down, the backup and recovery jobs are resumed on alternate data paths. Similarly, in the event of a device failure, the jobs are automatically switched to alternate disk and tape drives.

Efficient Job Management and Reporting

You can view and verify the status of the backup and recovery operations from the Job Controller and Event Viewer windows within the CommCell Console. You can also track the status of jobs using reports, which can be saved and easily distributed. Reports can be generated for different aspects of data management. You also have the flexibility to customize the reports to display only the required data and save them to any specified location in different formats. For example, you can create a backup job summary report to view completed backup jobs at-a-glance . In addition, you can schedule these reports to be generated and sent by email without user intervention.

Block Level Deduplication

Deduplication provides a smarter way of storing data by identifying and eliminating the duplicate items in a data protection operation.

Deduplication at the data block level compares blocks of data from multiple files against each other. For example, if two or more files contain blocks of data that are identical to each other, then block level deduplication eliminates storing the redundant data thereby reducing the size needed for storage. This way also dramatically reduces the number of backup data copies on both disk and tapes.

Add-On Components


1-Touch recovery helps to recover a crashed system in the least amount of time. By automatically rebuilding the operating system, you can recover systems with defective components such as inaccessible volumes or crashed disks. You don't need to reinstall the individual software packages or operating systems manually.

Simpana OnePass

The Simpana OnePass is an integrated File System agent that backs up and archives the qualified data. Simpana OnePass also reclaims backup storage space when files and stubs are deleted on the primary storage.


The Windows File System documentation uses the following terminology:


The computer in which the iDataAgent is installed and contains the data to be secured.


A group of subclients which includes all of the data backed up by the  iDataAgent.


The Windows file system data to be backed up.