Managing files in SmartLock directories

You can commit files in SmartLock directories to a WORM state by removing the read-write privileges of the file. You can also set a specific date at which the retention period of the file expires. Once a file is committed to a WORM state, you can increase the retention period of the file, but you cannot decrease the retention period of the file. You cannot move a file that has been committed to a WORM state, even after the retention period for the file has expired.

The retention period expiration date is set by modifying the access time of a file. In a UNIX command line, the access time can be modified through the touch command. Although there is no method of modifying the access time through Windows Explorer, you can modify the access time through Windows Powershell. Accessing a file does not set the retention period expiration date.

If you run the touch command on a file in a SmartLock directory without specifying a date on which to release the file from a SmartLock state, and you commit the file, the retention period is automatically set to the default retention period specified for the SmartLock directory. If you have not specified a default retention period for the SmartLock directory, the file is assigned a retention period of zero seconds. It is recommended that you specify a minimum retention period for all SmartLock directories.