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Direct file access is used to offer user’s instant access to archived files, cutting the time that it takes for users to access their files.

Instant Access

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Direct File Access is used to provide users instant admittance to archived files, cutting the time it takes for any user to access their files. When a user clicks a link that was left behind in place of a file all the IO will go straight from the user directly to the file that is archived. There is no part of other software components in the way and this mean that users don’t have to sit around waiting for a file to be returned to the live file system before they can have access to it. Any files that need to be returned back to the live file system are returned by the daily maintenance job that runs during off hours. All of the information concerning where a file has moved from and too is kept in the file system itself through the use of file properties and directory structures.

Stubs to replace files

There are several types of stubs to choose from that can be used to replace files when they are moved, including totally seamless links that behave exactly like the original file. Additionally, both folder and file level shortcuts are more like traditional Windows shortcuts– gives the advantage of increased compatibility and can even be accessed by Apple Macs using an add-in like ‘Win Shortcutter’.


All versions of Windows from 2003 server on

Installation is supported on all versions of Windows from 2003 Server on, including Windows Storage Server and Server 2016. All that is required is the .Net Framework 4.0 and SQL Express 2008 R2 or later for the small configuration and job scheduling database.

Works at file level

Just like your users, Archiver.FS works at the file level and it seamlessly integrates with Windows File and Folder compression, Windows Server de-duplication, Microsoft Search Server, DFS (Distributed File System) as well as many vendor specific technologies like SAN based replication and Software Defined Storage. It can do this because it isn’t relying on file system drivers or other low-level workings. This is done deliberate, and ensures maximum compatibility with any underlying technologies.

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