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Monitoring Specific File Types

DiskPulse provides power users and IT administrators with the ability to monitor specific types of files according to one or more user-specified file matching rules. For example, the user can specify to monitor changes in program files and DLL libraries located in the Windows system directory.

DiskPulse Disk Change Monitor Rules

In order to add one or more file matching rules, open the disk monitoring command dialog, select the 'Rules' tab and press the 'Add' button. On the 'Rules' dialog select an appropriate rule type and specify all the required parameters. During the disk monitoring operation, DiskPulse will monitor the input directories and apply the specified file matching rules to all changed files. Files not matching the specified rules will be skipped and the disk monitoring results view will contain user-selected files only.

DiskPulse Disk Change Monitor File Types

Sometimes, it may be required to monitor a number of different types of files and skip all the other disk changes. In this case, the user can add multiple file matching rules with each one selecting a specific type of files and then set the rules logic to 'Match Any Rules'.

DiskPulse Disk Change Monitor File Extensions

Another option to specify which types of files to monitor is to use the file extension rule, which provides the ability to select files by one or more file extensions. Press the 'Add' button on the 'Rules' tab, select the 'File Extension' rule type, set the rule operator to 'Equals' and enter up to 6 file extensions per rule to match.

DiskPulse Disk Change Monitor Exclude File Extensions

In addition, the user is provided with the ability to exclude files from the monitoring operation using one or more file matching rules. For example, in order to exclude temporary and backup files by the file extension, add the file extension rule, set the rule operator to 'Equals', set the list of file extensions to 'TMP TEMP BAK' and then set the rules logic to 'Exclude Any Rules'.

Monitoring Files By User Name or Group Name

In multi-user environments, DiskPulse provides the ability to monitor files by the user name, user group or domain name. For example, in order to monitor files owned by a specific user, open the disk change monitor command options dialog, select the 'Rules' tab, select the 'Search Files With User Name' and enter the user name to search for.

DiskPulse Monitor Files By User Name

In addition to the positive file matching rules, DiskPulse provides negative file matching rules allowing one to exclude files matching the specified criteria. For example, in order to exclude all files owned by any member of the 'Administrators' user group, open the disk change monitor command options dialog, select the 'Rules' tab, select the 'Search Files With Group Name', set the rule operator to 'Not Equal' and enter the 'Administrators' group name.

DiskPulse Monitor Files By Group Name

One of the most powerful features of the DiskPulse file matching rules is the ability to combine multiple types of rules allowing one to precisely select which files should be monitored and which files should be excluded from the disk change monitoring process. For example, the user can configure a disk change monitoring command to monitor all types of programs or executable files, which were created by any regular user, but not by Administrators.