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What's New in File Server Resource Manager in Windows Server 2012 R2

Published: August 21, 2013

Updated: August 21, 2013

Applies To: Windows Server 2012 R2



This topic describes the File Server Resource Manager functionality that is new or changed in Windows Server 2012 R2.

File Server Resource Manager provides a set of features that enable you to manage and classify data that is stored on file servers. For an overview of the File Server Resource Manager feature, see File Server Resource Manager Overview.

You can configure the features that are included with File Server Resource Manager by using the File Server Resource Manager snap-in or by using Windows PowerShell.

The following table summarizes the File Server Resource Manager functionality in Windows Server 2012 R2 that is new or changed since Windows Server 2012.

 

Feature/Functionality New or Improved Description

Clear classification property values that no longer apply to an updated file

New

Provides the ability to clear property values that no longer apply to an updated file during reevaluation of existing classification property values.

Set maximum values for storage reports

New

Enables you to configure the maximum number of files per storage report, and to configure maximum values in the default parameters for specific storage reports.

The Evaluation Type tab in the properties of a classification rule now includes options to clear automatically-classified and user-classified property values during reevaluation of existing property values if the property value no longer applies to the updated file.

What value does this change add?

This change enables File Server Resource Manager to dynamically remove classification values that no longer apply to a file. For example, you may have a file that was classified as sensitive because it contained a specific string such as "Private." If the string is removed, the file is no longer considered sensitive after reevaluation occurs.

What works differently?

In Windows Server 2012, if there is a conflict during the reevaluation of property values, you can overwrite the existing value or aggregate the values. Although these options are still available in Windows Server 2012 R2, if you choose to overwrite the existing value, you can also specify whether you want to clear a property value that no longer applies.

On the Storage Reports tab when you configure File Server Resource Manager options, you can now specify the maximum number of files per report. When you configure default parameters for a report, you can also configure the following maximum values:

  • For the Duplicate Files report, you can specify the maximum number of files in a duplicate group per report, and the maximum number of groups of duplicate files per report.

  • For the Files by File Group report, you can specify the maximum number of duplicate file groups per report, and the maximum number of files in any file group per report.

  • For the Files by Owner report, you can specify the maximum number of owners per report, and the maximum number of files per owner per report.

  • For the Files by Property and the Folders by Property reports, you can specify the maximum number of property values per report, and the maximum number of files for each property value. Realize that if you set the values for one of these report types, it affects both report types.

What value does this change add?

If you have more files or groups than the report default limits, you can increase the maximum values so that you can see all files and groups in the report.

What works differently?

In Windows Server 2012, the default limit for the number of files per storage report was 1000, and the default limit for the number of groups was 10. You could not change these values through the user interface or through Windows PowerShell. Options to configure maximum values in the default parameters of a report type were not available in Windows Server 2012.

The following table provides additional resources for evaluating File Server Resource Manager.

 

Content type References

Product evaluation

What's New in File Server Resource Manager in Windows Server 2012

Related technologies

File and Storage Services Overview | Dynamic Access Control: Scenario Overview

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