[Removable Storage Manager is no longer available as of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.]

The RSM API is the interface that applications use to access the services and media in an RSM system. It is a dynamic-link library (DLL) that contains a group of functions you can use to build your data management application. These functions perform the following operations:

  • Mount and dismount media
  • Clean drives
  • Insert and eject media
  • Inventory libraries
  • Enable and disable libraries, drives, and media
  • Access information in the RSM database

When you develop your media management application using the RSM API, you gain the following benefits:

  • Multiple applications can share the same library, drive, and media resources
  • Code written to the RSM API for a specific library can execute on a wide range of libraries, both those that exist now and those that are introduced in the future
  • A single computer can track multiple types of media
  • A single computer can track media that are inside or outside a media library unit