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The Siebel File System is a shared directory or a set of directories that contain the physical files used by the Siebel clients. All of the File System directories must be network-accessible to the Siebel Server. You can create each File System directory on a server computer where you have installed a Siebel Server, or on another network server that can share the directory, so that the File System directories are available to the Siebel Server. For more information about the requirements for networked file systems, see the third-party documentation.
To gain access to files, Web clients connect to the appropriate Siebel Server to request file uploads or downloads. The Siebel Server then accesses the Siebel File System using the File System Manager (alias FSMSrvr) component. File System Manager processes these requests through interaction with the Siebel File System directories. For more information about data transfer, see About the File System Upload and Download Process.
At the server component level, most server components, including all Application Object Managers, access the Siebel File System through the File System Manager server component when administering attachments. Application Object Managers, however, access the Siebel File System directly when saving user preference files.
When using Siebel Developer Web Client for administrative tasks, you might want to connect directly to the Siebel File System without going through the File System Manager. For examples of these cases, their potential ramifications, and client setup instructions in each case, see Configuring the Browser for Siebel Web Clients.
Files stored in the Siebel File System are compressed at the Siebel Server-level and appended with the extension .saf. (The file size displayed in the GUI represents the size of the compressed .saf file, not the actual file size.) The Siebel File System storage locations of the compressed files are set by the enterprise parameter Siebel File System (alias FileSystem). For more information about this parameter, see Siebel Enterprise Server Parameters. The files stored in the Siebel File System are not directly accessible by users and must be retrieved (and decompressed) by the user through normal Siebel Web Client operations only.
You can exclude certain types of files from being saved into the Siebel File System, based on their file extensions. For more information about setting system preferences to enable this feature and to specify the file extensions to be excluded, see Siebel Security Hardening Guide.
This topic is part of Administering the Siebel File System.
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