FSRM: File paths should be shorter than 240 characters

Updated: August 24, 2011

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

This topic is intended to address a specific issue identified by a Best Practices Analyzer scan. You should apply the information in this topic only to computers that have had the File Services Best Practices Analyzer run against them and are experiencing the issue addressed by this topic. For more information about best practices and scans, see Best Practices Analyzer.

Operating System

Windows Server 2008 R2


File Services






Files are stored in paths that are longer than 240 characters. The following log file lists the paths that are too long: {0}


File Server Resource Manager will not classify or manage files with paths longer than 240 characters.


Shorten the names of folders in the directory structure or reorganize the folders to make the structure shallower.

For example, to reduce the length of the path you could move the folder so that it has a shorter path or you could shorten the file name.