To manage storage resources on a remote computer, you can connect to the computer from File Server Resource Manager. While you are connected, File Server Resource Manager allows you to manage quotas, screen files, manage classifications, schedule file management tasks, and generate reports with those remote resources.


Windows Server 2003 R2 does not support remote management of File Server Resource Manager. Classification and file management tasks are available only if the local computer is running Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7 and the remote computer is running Windows Server 2008 R2. File Server Resource Manager can manage resources on either the local computer or a remote computer, but not both at the same time.

To connect to a remote computer from File Server Resource Manager
  1. In Administrative Tools, click File Server Resource Manager.

  2. In the console tree, right-click File Server Resource Manager, and then click Connect to Another Computer.

  3. In the Connect to Another Computer dialog box, click Another computer. Then type the name of the server you want to connect to (or click Browse to search for a remote computer).

  4. Click OK.


The Connect to Another Computer command is available only when you open File Server Resource Manager from Administrative Tools. When you access File Server Resource Manager from Server Manager, the command is not available.

Additional considerations

To manage remote resources with File Server Resource Manager:

  • You must be logged on to the local computer with a domain account that is a member of the Administrators group on the remote computer.

  • The remote computer must be running Windows Server 2008, and File Server Resource Manager must be installed.

  • The Remote File Server Resource Manager Management exception on the remote computer must be enabled. Enable this exception by using Windows Firewall in Control Panel.

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