Runaway recall in Remote Storage

Remote Storage is one of Windows 2000 Server's more useful features but is incompatible with some important programs, notably anti-virus, backup and search programs. Find out why.

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Remote Storage is one of Windows 2000 Server's more useful features, since it allows storage managers to create virtual disks on tape or other media to store infrequently used material. However Remote Storage is incompatible with some programs, notably anti-virus, backup and search programs.

The thing these programs have in common is that they attempt to read the 'disk' file by file, which is not the way Remote Storage was designed to be used. To prevent problems, the Remote Storage feature includes a runaway recall limit that limits the number of files in the managed volume an application or user can access in a single session. The administrator can set this limit and there is an option to exempt the administrator from the limit. If your users use Remote Storage-aware programs to perform mass-copy operations, you may want to set the limit higher than the default.

Microsoft discusses this and other aspects of using Remote Storage in Windows 2000 in Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 317369 on its Web site.


Rick Cook has been writing about mass storage since the days when the term meant an 80K floppy disk. The computers he learned on used ferrite cores and magnetic drums. For the last twenty years he has been a freelance writer specializing in storage and other computer issues.


This was first published in July 2003

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