The File Server Resource Manager is a role in Windows Server 2012 R2 which is used to enable quotas on shared folders. This article will explain how to share a folder and enable quota using the File Server Resource Manager. Specifically, you will learn:

  1. Configuring File Server Resource Manager.
  2. Sharing a folder using File and Storage Services.
  3. Enabling quota on shared folder.

Prerequisites

Following are prerequisites for this tutorial:

  1. The administrator account has a strong password.
  2. Static IP is configured.
  3. Latest windows updates are installed.
  4. Firewall is turned off.

Configuring File Server Resource Manager

Step 1: Open server manager dashboard, click Manage -> Add Role and Features.

Add Role in File Server Resource Manager

Step 2: Click Next.

Click next

Step 3: Choose Role-based or feature-based installation and click Next.

Choose Role-based or feature-based installation

Step 4: Click Next.

Go to the next step

Step 5: Expand File and Storage Services -> File and iSCSI Services -> File Server Resource Manager. Click Next.

Expand File and Storage Services

Step 6: Click Add Features.

Add Features Step 7: Choose .NET Framework and then Click Next.

Choose .NET FRamework

Step 8: Click Install.

Install now

Sharing a Folder using File and Storage Services

Step 1: Open server manager dashboard, click File and Storage Services.

Open server manager dashboard

Step 2: Click Shares.

Click on shares

Step 3: Click Tasks -> New Share.

Choose to create a new share

Step 4: Choose SMB Share - Quick. Click Next.

Choose SMB Share

Step 5: Click Browse.

Browse share location

Step 6: Click New Folder and name it.

Create a new folder

Step 7: Choose the folder created in step 6 and click Select Folder.

Select the new folder

Step 8: Click Next.

Go to the next step

Step 9: Click Next.

Choose next again

Step 10: Check Enable access-based enumeration and click Next.

Enable access-based enumeration

Step 11: Click Next.

Choose next

Step 12: Click Create.

Click on create button

Enabling Quota on Shared Folder

Step 1: Open server manager dashboard, click Tools -> File Server Resource Manager.

File Server Resource Manager

Step 2: Expand File Server Resource Manager -> Quota Management. Click Create Quota...

 Quota Management

Step 3: Click Browse and provide the path of the shared folder.

provide the path of shared folder

Step 4: Choose Drive properties from this quota template (recommended): and choose the template from the drop down. Click Create.

Choose Drive properties

Conclusion Quota management is a useful feature which allows you to set a storage limit on a shared folder. When you finished this article, you might want to further explore a file screening provided by the File Server Resource Manager.

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