The Extensible File Classification Infrastructure

Managing storage is no longer simply about volume and availability; organizations need to manage their data more effectively and more efficiently. Only by gaining insight into their data can companies reduce the cost of storing, maintaining, and managing data. Only by enforcing company policies and knowing how storage is utilized can administrators efficiently use their storage and mitigate the risks of data leakage. The next frontier for administrators is to be able to manage data based on business value. Windows Server® 2008 R2 File Classification Infrastructure (FCI), a built-in solution for file classification, enables manual processes to be automated with predefined policies based on the data’s business value. FCI also provides an extensible API upon which developers can build end-to-end solutions that enable organizations to perform advanced classification and data management, thus enabling Microsoft partners to deliver rich classification solutions. FCI’s out-of-the-box functionality includes the ability to define classification properties, automatically classify files based on location and content, apply file management tasks such as file expiration and custom commands based on classification, and produce reports that show the distribution of a classification property on the file server.

Hands-On Labs

  • New File Classification Infrastructure

    The File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) is a new Windows Server technology included within the File Server Role. FCI is exposed via File Server Resource Management (FSRM). FCI is used to: (1) Define file classification properties. (2) Define automatic classification rules and triggers. (3) Enable custom extensions via API’s available with the Windows 7 SDK. This lab will introduce you to FCI, how to configure the feature, and how to extend it with custom file classification properties and actions.


  • The Extensible File Classification Infrastructure

    Take a tour of FCI capabilities and learn more about FCI extensibility. See all videos within this topical category:

  • How to Manage Stale Data

    In this episode, learn how an IT Admin would use FCI to identify and manage stale data within the file system.

  • Compress Stagnant Files

    In this episode, learn how to use FCI to identify and compress stagnant files.

  • Business Critical Files

    In this episode, learn how to use FCI to establish custom business policies and rules.

  • The FCI API

    In this episode, learn how to use the FCI API's within the Windows 7 SDK to build custom FCI extensions.