File and Storage Services role in Server Manager

You can manage File and Storage Services remotely by using the following tools:

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  • You can split the functionality of File and Storage Services across multiple servers by installing the role and appropriate role services on each appropriate server. You can then add all the servers to Server Manager for centralized management, or use Windows PowerShell scripts to simultaneously manage multiple servers.

    There are no special hardware or software requirements for running File and Storage Services. However, File Server Resource Manager and DFS Replication support only volumes that are formatted with the NTFS file system—the Resilient File System (ReFS) and the FAT file system are not supported.

  • There are numerous related Windows PowerShell cmdlets that are also useful for file and storage workloads. For example, you can use the Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) cmdlets to compare servers to a known set of best practices for the File and Storage Services role.

    Instead of using a variety of snap-ins or disparate command-line utilities, administrators can manage their servers by using Windows PowerShell cmdlets and scripts. Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 include Windows PowerShell cmdlets to manage the following file and storage technologies.

    Deprecated feature


    Storage Manager for SANs snap-in

    File and Storage Services role in Server Manager and Storage Management Windows PowerShell cmdlets

    SCSIport host-bus adapter drivers

    Storport drivers or a different host-bus adapter

  • Deprecated feature


    DFS Namespaces command-line tool: Dfscmd

    Windows PowerShell cmdlets for DFS Namespaces

    File Replication Service (FRS)

    DFS Replication

    File Server Resource Manager command-line tools: Dirquota, Filescrn, and Storrept

    Windows PowerShell cmdlets for File Server Resource Manager

    Share and Storage Management snap-in

    File and Storage Services role in Server Manager

    Shared Folders snap-in

    File and Storage Services role in Server Manager

    Virtual Disk Service (VDS) provider

    Storage Management APIs and storage provider or the SMI-S standard and a compliant storage provider

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Although the File and Storage Services role in Server Manager does not support fully managing servers running Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008, you can add these servers to Server Manager and use the Servers, and All Servers pages to view details about the servers and launch administrative tools. For more information, see .