Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Uses of File Server Resource Manager

FRSM allows administrators to set quotas on volumes and folders as well as implementing file screening functionality or file classification by location or content. Even though in today’s market disk storage is much more affordable than in previous years, the amount of time required to back up and restore the data still needs to be managed. Furthermore, many more organizations need to ensure that their file systems meet certain security and regulatory compliance policies and FSRM can assist with these tasks. Some of the most common uses of FSRM are as follows:

» Setting limits on storage—An administrator can set the limit on how much disk space a user or group of users can store within a system volume or folder. This is the traditional quota limit item that can limit users to store, for example, 100MB of files on the network.

» Providing storage limit flexibility of group data—When a user or group of users need to have different storage limits, rather than allowing these users unlimited access, FSRM can be configured to allow the extension of storage usage beyond the default within specific, designated folders. This can be achieved by applying a strict quota policy on a parent folder and either disabling the quota on a subfolder or applying a less-restrictive quota policy on the necessary folder or folders.

» Enforcing storage policies—FSRM does more than just define storage policies, but can also help administrators enforce the policies by creating reports and generating notifications of policy violations and predefined storage threshold limits, on a realtime or scheduled basis, that can be sent via email, stored in event logs, or stored in designated report folders.

» File screen policies—Administrators can block the storing of a particular type of file or sets of files. In previous years, many organizations were surprised to discover that a significant source of increased data storage requirements had to do with end users downloading and storing music files on the server. File screen exceptions can be created and applied to subfolders as necessary.

» File classification—Administrators can define file classification properties and rules that can be manually run or scheduled to check files and define file classification property values based on the administratively defined rules. This can be useful in identifying data based on usage characteristics or identifying data based on content to ensure higher security and management of sensitive data.

Source of Information : Sams - Windows Server 2008 R2 Unleashed (2010) 

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