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Using the File Server Resource Manager Component

Updated: April 25, 2007

Applies To: Windows Server 2003 R2

This section tells you how to open and use File Server Resource Manager. The following tasks are included:

  • Open File Server Resource Manager

  • Perform storage management tasks

  • Manage storage on a remote computer

Opening File Server Resource Manager

File Server Resource Manager is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in and is located in Administrative Tools on the Start menu.

To open File Server Resource Manager
  • On the Start menu, click Programs, click Administrative Tools, and then click File Server Resource Manager.

File Server Resource Manager contains three main nodes:

  • Quota Management. Use to create quotas that place size limits on volumes and folders.

  • File Screening Management. Use to create file screens that block files from volumes and folders.

  • Storage Reports Management. Use to schedule different types of storage reports and to create reports on demand.

Performing Storage Management Tasks

The following is a list of tasks that you can perform from each respective node in File Server Resource Manager:

Quota Management
  • Create, manage, and obtain information about quotas, which are used to set a space limit on a volume or folder. By defining notification thresholds, you can send e-mail notifications, log an event, run a command or script, or generate reports when users approach or exceed a quota.

  • Create and manage quota templates to simplify quota management.

  • Create and manage auto quotas.

File Screening Management
  • Create, manage, and obtain information about file screens, which are used to block selected file types from a volume or folder.

  • Create file screening exceptions to override certain file screening rules.

  • Create and manage file screen templates to simplify file screening management.

  • Create and manage file groups. When used with file screens and file screening exceptions, the file groups determine which files will be blocked and which will be allowed. File groups also are used to select files to include and exclude from the Files by File Group Report and to sort file screens.

Storage Reports Management
  • Schedule and configure storage reports.

  • Generate storage reports on demand.

Managing Storage Resources on a Remote Computer

To manage storage resources on a remote computer, you can connect to the computer from File Server Resource Manager. While you are connected, File Server Resource Manager will display the objects created on the remote computer, allowing you to manage them.

The remote computer must be running the same operating system with File Server Resource Manager installed.

To connect to a remote computer, you must be logged on with a domain account that has administrative rights on the remote computer.

To connect to a remote computer from File Server Resource Manager
  1. In the console tree, right-click File Server Resource Manager, and then click Connect to another computer.

  2. In the dialog box that opens, click Another computer, and then select or type the name of the server you want to connect to. Click OK.

Using Command-Line Tools for File Server Resource Manager

If you prefer to work from the command line, you can use the following tools:

  • Dirquota.exe. Use to create and manage quotas and quota templates.

  • FileScrn.exe. Use to create and manage file screens, file screening exceptions, and file groups.

  • StorRept.exe. Use to configure report parameters and generate storage reports on demand. You can also create report tasks and then use Schtasks.exe to schedule the tasks.

The tools are added to the system path when you install File Server Resource Manager and can be run from the command prompt. They can be used to perform storage management tasks on remote computers that are running the same operating system.

To learn the parameters for a specific tool, include the /? switch.

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