Install File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) Role in Windows Server 2016

This guide will cover how to install the File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) role service in Windows Server 2016 with both PowerShell and GUI methods.

FSRM is used to configure quotas, file screens, and storage reports on the file system in Windows.


This post is part of our Microsoft 70-744 Securing Windows Server 2016 exam study guide series. For more related posts and information check out our full 70-744 study guide.


Install with PowerShell

First we’ll start with PowerShell, as this is faster and easier than installing through the GUI.

Install-WindowsFeature -Name FS-Resource-Manager, RSAT-FSRM-Mgmt

PowerShell Install File Server Resource Manager

A restart should not be required once this has completed. FS-Resource-Manager installs the FSRM role itself, while RSAT-FSRM-Mgmt installs the feature that you get prompted for during the GUI installation (covered below). Without RSAT-FSRM-Mgmt, you will not be able to access the GUI component to manage FSRM, which may be what you want on a server without a GUI. You would install install the RSAT feature on a remote system and access the FSRM system remotely.

If you forget either of these feature names, you can run ‘Get-WindowsFeature’ instead, and scroll to the File and Storage Services section and see that it’s listed for File Server Resource Manager.

Install with GUI

Alternatively if you want to use the graphical user interface (GUI) to install this role you can use Server Manager instead, however there’s a bit more mouse clicking work involved here compared to simply running the PowerShell cmdlet above.

  1. From within Server Manager, select “Add roles and features”.

    Server Manager - Add Roles and Features

  2. The Add Roles and Features Wizard window will appear, click the Next button.

    Add Roles and Features Wizard - Before you begin

  3. On the Select installation type screen, leave Role-based or feature-based installation selected and click Next.

    Add Roles and Features Wizard - Select installation type

  4. On the Select destination server window leave everything as is as we’re installing to this server itself, so click Next to continue.

    Add Roles and Features Wizard - Select destination server

  5. From the select server roles window, scroll down and expand file and storage services, and then go into file and iSCSI services. From here select File Server Resource Manager. This is equivalent to using PowerShell to install FS-Resource-Manager as shown above.

    Select Server Role - File Server Resource Manager

    This will also ask if you want to add the File Server Resource Manager RSAT Tools, click to add the features.

    Install File Server Resource Manager Management Tools

    Click the Next button to proceed.

  6. On the select features screen simply click next without selecting anything, by default in the last step we chose to automatically add the suggested features already. We can see here that this is already selected for us. This feature is equivalent to using PowerShell to install RSAT-FSRM-Mgmt.

    Select Optional Features

  7. On the confirm installation selections screen, review that you’re installing the File Server Resource Manager and File Server Resource Manager Tools and click install to continue.

    Confirm File Server Resource Manager Installation

At this point we can open the FSRM window from Server Manager > Tools > File Server Resource Manager to configure and manage it through the GUI.

File Server Resource Manager GUI Window

Summary

We can install the File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) role service in Windows Server 2016 using either PowerShell or the graphical user interface. Personally I prefer using PowerShell, as it’s a lot quicker to complete the task, however you can use either method to get the job done.


This post is part of our Microsoft 70-744 Securing Windows Server 2016 exam study guide series. For more related posts and information check out our full 70-744 study guide.

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