Windows 2000 Quota Management

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Migrating users and Home drive data from Win2k servers into a SAN with emulated Windows 2000 file system (EMC Celerra). Have 2 problems.
(1) how to set ownership of data in home drive back to the proper owner (owner of data has become person who migrated it). I need functionality of JRB utils SetOwner, but in Win2k.
(2) how to impose quota limits at folder level, not volume wide.
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> how to impose quota limits at folder level, not volume wide
it is set for the volume, not folder level (sorry)
as far as ownership see here
and here
1) If you've already migrated the files, there isn't an easy way to do this.  It is possible to copy the data and have the ACLs preserved, but once it's copied "the wrong way" the information about who the previous owner was, is lost.

You can do this with xcopy.  xcopy has the following additional arguments, passed on from scopy in the windows NT resource kit :

/O           Copies file ownership and ACL information.
/X           Copies file audit settings (implies /O).

2) Windows 2000 does not support directory-level quotas.  Furthermore, the quotas it does support are all "hard" quotas with no soft mode or warning; this means that once you hit a quota you just get an out of space error.  You don't get a warning that you're about to exceed your space, and you won't be allowed to violate the quota, even for a short time.
Oh I should say, you can get directory level quotas, they just aren't supported natively.  There are a number of 3rd party tools that will give you this functionality.


Asymmetric, thanks, I'll try the xcopy / scopy trick.
I have investigated a number of 3rd party tools for quota management that would do exactly what I need, and more, if only the drives were direct attached to a REAL Win2K server. The minute you say EMC Celerra, and emulated file system... that enhancement is in development. The only tool I have found that may do what I need is a CA Brightstor product. It's a bit pricey.

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