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Remote Storage Server (System Services for the Windows Server 2003 Family and Windows XP Operating Systems)

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Service Name: Remote_Storage_Server

Executable Name: RsServ.exe

Log On As: LocalSystem

Description: The Remote Storage Server service stores infrequently used files in a secondary storage media. This service allows the Remote Storage application to notify the user when an offline file has been accessed.

Remote Storage is a hierarchical storage management application that migrates data from upper-level storage to lower-level storage. Upper-level storage is commonly known as local storage: data that is frequently accessed is stored locally on high-performance disks. Lower-level storage is also known as remote storage: data that is infrequently accessed is stored on less expensive media until it is needed again. Hierarchical storage management reduces the costs of storing large quantities of data, while ensuring that the data is still accessible.

File data is cached locally so that it can be accessed quickly as needed. When the amount of available space on a managed volume dips below the necessary level, Remote Storage automatically removes the content from the cached files, providing the disk space you need. When data is removed from a file, the disk space used by the file is reduced to zero. Data from cached files is not removed until more disk space is needed. When you need to open a file from which data has been removed, the data is automatically recalled from remote storage.

Because removable tapes or disks in a library are less expensive per megabyte (MB) than hard disks, Remote Storage can be an economical way to provide both maximum data storage and optimal local disk performance.

For more information about the Remote Storage Server service and the Remote Storage application, see the Server Management Guide of the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit (or see the Server Management Guide on the Web at

If this service is stopped or disabled, files cannot be moved to or retrieved from the secondary storage media.

Available on: Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition; Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition and Windows Server 2003, Web Edition.

Installed through: Add/Remove Windows Components and Remote Storage

Startup type: Automatic

Service status: Started

This service depends on the following system components:

Event Log

Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

Removable Storage

Task Scheduler

The following system components depend on this service:


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