Use FSRM to create file screens, enforce storage restrictions

Windows Server 2003 R2 contains a utility, called File Server Resource Manager (FSRM), that enables administrators to set storage quota limits as well as identify and enforce data storage policies.

You can use FSRM to create file screens. A file screen is a form of storage limit that looks at the file type being stored and allows or disallows a user from saving certain file types. For example, an organization might want to allow the storage of *.doc (Word documents) and *.xls (Excel spreadsheets) but deny the storage of *.mp3 audio files or *.mpg video files to a given storage area.

To create a file screen using the FSRM utility:

  1. Open Administrative Tools from Control Panel. Double-click on FSRM.
  2. Click the Create File Screen action item in the far right pane of the FSRM window. (Or click on Action -> Create File Screen from the menu bar.)
  3. Specify the path for the file screen, such as c:\Storage Directory.
  4. Choose the option Derive Properties from the File Screen Template, or choose Define Custom File Screen Properties (depending on whether you want to apply a template or create a custom screen).
  5. View the file screen designation in the summary screen. Click Create to create the file screen as per your requirement.

Once the file screen has been created, it shows up on the File Screens folder in FSRM's File Screens

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Management section. An administrator can choose to view, edit or delete the defined file screen.

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

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This was first published in February 2007

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