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Windows Server 2003 R2 introduces several new storage features. This gallery’s 22 screenshots showcase these new tools and features, including: the SAN console; File Server Resource Manager; template-based quota management; and more.
The new Storage Management for SANs console gives administrators basic SAN administration capabilities without the complexity usually associated with SAN administration.
The File Server Resource Manager is a new administrative tool that groups all of the utilities needed for managing a file server into one console.
Quota Management is now template based.
You have the option of either using a template or enforcing a custom quota. You also have the option of applying quotas to a specific path.
The quota templates can be used to set hard or soft quotas as well as warning thresholds.
File screens allow you to prevent users from saving specific file types within a designated path.
The file screening utility uses templates to define general file screen types such as audio files or executable files.
Here’s another view of the file type definitions.
Windows now contains a wide variety of file management reports that you can run against any volume on the server.
Reports can be scheduled to run at a specific time.
Reports can be automatically e-mailed to an administrator once they have run.
This is what the Most Recently Accessed Files report looks like in DHTML format. The reports can be produced in other formats as well, such as HTML and CSV.
The Size by File Group is another handy report.
If you need to free up some disk space, the Least Accessed Files report can be helpful.
You can also view the number of files in each file group on a per user basis.
You can finally see a report of all of the duplicate files on your server.
The File Server management console is another new tool. Notice that the File Server Resource Manager is integrated into it.
You can manage shared resources directly through this console.
The console also allows full DFS namespace management.
The Disk Manager and Disk Defragmenter are also a part of this console.