File Server Resource Manager
Updated: August 22, 2005
Applies To: Windows Server 2003 R2
With the increasing demand on storage resources, as organizations rely more heavily on data than ever before, IT administrators face the challenge of overseeing a larger and more complex storage infrastructure, while at the same time, tracking the kind of information available in it. Managing storage resources not only includes data size and availability any more but also the enforcement of company policies and a very good understanding of how existing storage is utilized, allowing for sound strategic planning and proper response to organizational changes.
File Server Resource Manager is a suite of tools that allows administrators to understand, control, and manage the quantity and type of data stored on their servers. By using File Server Resource Manager, administrators can place quotas on folders and volumes, actively screen files, and generate comprehensive storage reports. This set of advanced instruments not only helps the administrator to efficiently monitor existing storage resources but it also aids in the planning and implementation of future policy changes.
Before working with File Server Resource Manager, to configure general notification and reporting options, see Setting File Server Resource Manager Options.
To create quotas that set a soft or hard space limit on a volume or folder tree, see Quota Management.
To create file screening rules that block files from a volume or a folder tree, see File Screening Management.
To generate storage reports that can be used to monitor disk usage patterns, identify duplicate files and dormant files, track quota usage, and audit file screening, see Storage Reports.
For problem-solving instructions, see Troubleshooting File Server Resource Manager.