Learn about the core functionality of the Windows Server File Server role, and how to configure and manage that core functionality.


Contoso, Ltd. is a financial services company in Seattle with major offices located throughout the world. Most of its compute environment runs on-premises on Windows Server. This includes virtualized workloads on Windows Server 2016 hosts.

Contoso IT staff are migrating Contoso on-premises servers to Windows Server 2019. As part of the migration, Contoso plans to expand into additional sites and use virtualization to help expedite bringing a new site online. The company is also generating larger volumes of data with plans for even more data in the future. Because of this, the company needs flexible storage options. Finally, Contoso plans to increase the use of virtualization to optimize their computing environment because many physical servers are underutilized.

As a Windows Server administrator, you're responsible for identifying the optimal configuration of Windows Server-based file servers. This involves choosing and applying the optimal file system depending on the intended use case, configuration of quotas and file screen on server volumes, and securing and optimizing protocols used to access file servers.

Learning objectives

After completing this module, you'll be able to:

  • Describe the Windows Server file system.
  • Describe the benefits and use of File Server Resource Manager (FSRM).
  • Describe SMB and its security considerations.
  • Manage SMB configuration.
  • Describe Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS).


To get the best learning experience from this module, you should have knowledge and experience of the following areas:

  • Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2016.
  • Core networking technologies.