File screening management is a feature which allows you to create file screens to block specific file types from being saved in a folder. In this tutorial, I will show you how to configure the File Server Resource Manager, sharing a folder using File and Storage Services and how to create a file screen to block image files from being saved in that folder.


Before configuration, make sure:

  1. The administrator account has a strong password.
  2. A static IP is configured.
  3. The latest Windows updates are installed.
  4. The firewall is turned off.

Configuring File Server Resource Manager in Windows Server 2012 R2

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

server manager dashboard

Step 2: Click Next.

Before you begin

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

Role-based or feature-based installation

Step 4: Select the destination server and click Next.

Select the destination server

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

File Server Resource Manager

Step 6: Click Add Features.

Click Add Features

Step 7: Accept the selected option and click Next.

Install .NET Framework

Step 8: Click Install.

Start the installation

Sharing a Folder on Windows using File and Storage Services

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

File and Storage Services

Step 2: Click Shares.

Open Shares settings

Step 3: Click Tasks -> New Share.

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.

Add a new folder

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

Select the folder that we created above

Step 8: Click Next.

Choose Next

Step 9: CEnter or accept the share name and click Next.

Enter a share name and click next

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

Enable access-based enumeration

Step 11: Accept the permission settings and click Next.

Specify access contols

Step 12: Click Create. to confirm the settings and to create the share.

Create the share

Creating File Screen in Windows Server 2012 R2

Step 1: Select File Screens and click Create File Screen...

Create File Screen

Step 2: Browse and select the path of shared folder

Select the shared folder

Step 3: Select the folder and click OK.

Click ok to accept the selected folder

Step 4: Choose the option: "Derive properties from this file screen template (recommended)": Click on Create and you are done with screening the folder.

Add a file screen


We have created a file screen and applied it to a shared folder. When a user copies image files including JPEG, PNG, the files won't be saved and the user will be alerted.

How to Create File Screens in Windows Server 2012 R2

Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.

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