Install Remote Storage on Windows Server 2003

Remote Storage is a Windows Server 2003 file system service that is used to automatically archive data to removable media from a managed NTFS volume.

Remote Storage migrates files when they haven't been accessed for an extended period of time or when a managed disk drops below a certain percent of free disk space. When Remote Storage migrates a file or folder, it is replaced on the volume with a file link called a junction point.

Junction points take up little room, which reduces the amount of used disk space but leaves a way for this data to be accessed later in the original location. When a junction point is accessed, it spawns the Remote Storage service to retrieve the file that was migrated to tape.

It is easy to install the Remote Storage service; you can do so in minutes. You will need to have the Windows Server 2003 installation media for doing the installation of the Remote Storage service. To install Remote Storage:

  1. Log on to the desired server using an account with Local Administrator access.
  2. Ensure that a Windows Server 2003 remote storage-compatible tape or optical media device or library has been installed and configured on the desired server.
  3. Review the Windows Server 2003 Hardware Compatibility List on the Microsoft Web site to verify that the device works with the Remote Storage service.
  4. Click on Start button. From Control Panel, select Add or Remove Programs.

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  1. Select Add/Remove Windows Components from the left pane of the dialog box.
  2. Scroll down the list, check the box next to Remote Storage, and click on the Next button to begin installation.
  3. If the Windows Server 2003 media are not located, you will be prompted to locate them. Perform this step when necessary.
  4. Click Finish on the Completing the Windows Components Wizard.
  5. Click Yes to restart the computer.

About the author: Rahul Shah currently works at a software firm in India, where he is a systems administrator maintaining Windows servers. He also has experience in testing, analytics and deploying client/server applications in different Windows configurations.

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This was first published in February 2007

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