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  • See more Essential Knowledge on Windows File Management
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    File Server Resource Manager is a features set in the File and Storage Services server role that helps admins classify and manage stored data in file servers for data management. 

  • SMB 3.0 (Server Message Block 3.0)

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  • WinDirStat (Windows Directory Statistics)

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  • Resilient File System (ReFS)

    ReFS (ResilientFile System) is the file system that next-generation operating systems, such as Windows Server 8, will use for storing and retrieving files on a hard disk. 

  • NTFS (NT file system; sometimes New Technology File System)

    NTFS (NT file system; sometimes New Technology File System) is the file system that the Windows NT operating system uses for storing and retrieving files on a hard disk. 

  • distributed file system (DFS)

    A distributed file system is a client/server-based application that allows clients to access and process data stored on the server as if it were on their own computer. 

  • GUID (global unique identifier)

    A GUID (global unique identifier) is a term used by Microsoft for a number that its programming generates to create a unique identity for an entity such as a Word document. 

About Windows File Management

File management is a necessary evil for Windows systems administrators. Windows file management is made up of all the operations administrators need to perform on files (such as creating and assigning permissions), as well as working with newer Windows file systems such as FAT32 and NTFS. The importance of file management on a Windows network is clear, but that doesn't make it any easier to do. This topic page offers a wide variety of Windows file management tutorials, tips and tricks for Windows administrators. Here you'll find advice on more traditional file management concepts, as well as innovative techniques to optimize your Windows file system to increase performance of systems running Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 and more.