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Setting Up Activity Monitoring Exclusions in File Access Manager

Setting Up Activity Monitoring Exclusions in File Access Manager

About Activity Monitoring Exclusions

Activity Monitoring is the process of monitoring and collecting events from an application, to give you insight into who is accessing your data and what actions they are taking. Each type of application in your environment has a specific activity monitor designed to monitor it. It is typical to have one Activity Monitor per endpoint (for example, one for each NetApp File Server and others for each SharePoint site, et cetera).

Some types of files or users in your applications may not need to be monitored. For example, you may not want to monitor temporary or executable files, or actions taken by the Local System user. You can optimize what the Activity Monitors collect by setting up exclusions for each application, to exclude particular events from the monitoring process.

You can set up exclusions for file types (by specifying file extensions), folders, and users. A list of recommended exclusions for each is listed below.

Setting Up Exclusions

You can set up the exclusions in any of your application configuration, by editing the Application in the File Access Manager Admin Client. 

  1. In the Admin Client, navigate to System > Applications
  2. In the Business Resource tree (lower left), browse to the application you want to edit, and double-click to select it. This opens the application view for this application in the main content area.
  3. Click Edit to open the Edit Application Wizard.
  4. Click Next until you are on the second Configuration page.
  5. In the Monitoring Exclusions section, click the Change Items icon next to each of the exclusion options (File Extensions, Folders, and Users) to see which exclusions are currently in place. 
  6. You can add new exclusion values by typing a value in the field at the top of the list, and clicking Add. Values can be removed from the list by clicking the x next to the value.

Commonly Excluded Extensions

  • exe
  • ico
  • tmp
  • url
  • lnk
  • ini
  • inf 

Exclusions Depending Upon Customer Need

  • gif
  • jpeg
  • jpg
  • tiff
  • png
  • img
  • temp  

Commonly Excluded Folders

  • C:
  • (Any other non-data drives)

Commonly Excluded Users

  • NT Authority
  • Local System
  • This Organization
  • Any other service accounts – Run activity report to determine which service accounts to be excluded.
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‎Sep 15, 2023 04:05 PM
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