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Corner Bowl Directory Monitor 2022

Enterprise File and Directory Monitoring Compliance Software Tool for IT Professionals

a sub-component of Server Manager and Disk Monitor

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This is one of the best and most robust systems that I have found to help with the management of my servers! This software has greatly reduced the amount of downtime we have in our environment because of its capabilities. Thanks for creating such great software!!
Aran Miller
Corporate IT Operations Section Head
SARA Inc.
October 20, 2021

What is Directory Monitor?

It is...

  • a network-wide file and directory monitor
  • a Directory Size monitor
  • an Access Permissions monitor
  • a File Integrity Monitor or FIM
  • a File Collection and Retention Policy enforcer
  • a real-time File System Auditing monitor
  • a real-time Directory Change monitor
  • a remote Temporary File Cleaner
  • a remote Directory Cleaner
  • a File Size and Inactivity monitor
  • Compliance Software for PCI DSS, HIPAA, SOX and GDPR

What Reports are Included?

  • File and directory access permissions report
  • Duplicate Files Report
  • Largest Files Report
  • Recently Access Files Report
  • Least Accessed Files Report

How does Disk Monitor do it?

Disk Monitor installs on a single Windows Server as a Windows Service. The service scans Windows directories using Windows Shares. Folder size is calculated on Unix and Linux based operating systems remotely through SSH and SFTP. Real-Time File Audit Reports and File Access Permissions Reports are generated on Windows servers remotely using WMI. Results can be displayed in the Remote Management Console, saved to file or emailed to your team. Directory Monitor configurations support inclusion and exclusion rules enabling you to target and ignore specific files, file types and sub-directories.

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Directory Monitor Templates

File Integrity Monitor

The File Integrity Monitor template enables network administrators to monitor a directory for changes made to files. The template scans directories using Windows Shares and SFTP/SSH to create file access, file attribute and file content baselines then continually re-scans to let you know when a file is accessed, modified or deleted. Access Permissions are scanned on Windows Servers using WMI.

AccessedNotifies you when a file is accessed.
ModifiedNotifies you when a file is modified.
CreatedValidates the file was not replaced with another file that contains a different creation time.
AttributesValidates file attributes such as Hidden and Read-Only have not changed.
Access PermissionsPerforms and exhaustive scan of file permissions then notifies you when any permissions have been added, modified or removed.
File Contents HashPerforms a hash using the file contents then notifies you when any bits have changed.
File ContentsBaselines the entire file contents then validates no bits have changed.
File SizeNotifies you when the file size changes.

Directory Size

  • A directory exceeds or falls below a threshold size or percent of disk size.
  • A directory sized changes between scans by a threshold size.
  • The number of files exceeds of falls below a threshold count.

The Console includes and on-demand recursive directory size explorer enabling network administratorsto drill down into the largest directories to analyze which directories are consuming the majority of the disk space.

Real-Time File System Auditing

The Real-Time Audit File System template enables network administratorsto get notified when files are created, updated and deleted. Unlike the Directory Watcher Monitor, alerts include the user that made the changes. This function requires either a Server Manager or Log Manager license.

Directory Watcher Monitor

The Directory Watcher template enables you to trigger actions including appending detail to a CSV file every time a file is created, modified, deleted and renamed without Object Access Auditing enabled. The Console includes the history of events providing an internal auditing mechanism. A configurable data retention policy automatically removes old data when no longer needed.

File Collection and Retention Policy

The File Collection and Retention template enables you to move files from one location to another then optionally delete files that have reached a threshold age in both the source and destination directories. This template can be used to backup database backups, configuration files and IIS log files.

Directory Cleaner

The Directory Cleaner Template enables you to automatically delete old files. For example delete database backups and IIS log files that are older than 30 days.

Temporary File Cleaner

The Temporary Files Cleaner enabled network administrators to schedule all System and User temporary directories on any Windows host to be deleted when temporary files reach a threshold age. The Console includes an on-demand Temporary Files Report that enables network administrators to remotely view the temporary files on any Windows host. The report viewer provides tools to recursively scan the directory sizes and delete sub-directories and files.

Directory Monitor Reports

File and Directory Access Permissions Report

File and Directory Access Permissions Reports are comprised of a list of directories, files, users, and assigned permissions (e.g. read, write, delete). You have the option to scan one or more directories contained on one or more computers. Scans can recursively scan all sub-directories. When recursively scanned the Report can show detail for each file or summarize by concatenating permissions.

Duplicate Files Report

Duplicate Files Reports list all files that have the same name, and/or are the same size, and/or have the same modified date. You have the option to scan a one or more directories contained on one or more computers.

Largest Files Report

Largest Files Reports list the largest files on a disk within a directory structure. You have the option to scan one or more directories contained on one or more computers.

Recently Access Files Report

Recently Accessed Files Reports list recently accessed files. This Report scans a directory and sorts all files ascending by last accessed time. The top results are displayed. You have the option to scan a one or more directories contained on one or more computers.

Least Accessed Files Report

Least Accessed Files Reports list files that have not been recently accessed. This Report scans a directory and sorts all files ascending by last accessed time. The top results are displayed. You have the option to scan a one or more directories contained on one or more computers.

Last Updated: September 29th, 2021