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Any stats on how much file server space is used for personal (employee) files?

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That's pretty much it -- I'm trying to locate some stats, preferably published, about the extent that employees use their work network to store personal files.

I'm interested in mid- to large-sized corporations.

Any ideas?

Thanks!
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We are a Mid Sized corporations. Most of our employees are using approximatly 50 Megs of space each.. for a normal Word Prosessing/ Spreadsheet user.

People working in the marketting/Engeneering department take about 150-300 megs each. (Cad graphics, Big format pictures, etc..)

I doubt any studies exist on this issue, because it can change alot depending on the type of organisation you are, or the internal policies of the corporation you are working for.
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Thanks.

By "personal" files, I mean non-work-related files, such as games, music, videos, whatever...

Any ideas about that?
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Let me clarify further, that I am not asking about the liability issues (copyright and so on), but just the management of file server space.

I'm looking for information at the enterprise level (mid to large corporations or govt agencies).

Any system administrators out there who are dealing with large amounts of space taken up with employees' personal (non-work-related) files?

Anyone aware of any published information on this topic?

Thanks!
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>>files, such as games, music, videos, whatever...
these should be put on the local harddrives as not to bog down the backup procedures.

The amount of space really varries depending on the type of business, how busy it is, and what the administration's policy is on surfing the internet.

I allow 500MB(half a GB) for each user on the server.  That should be plenty for what they do here, but may not be for someone else.  If they start to reach that.. it's usually personal stuff, and I inform them that they are taking up too much space and that they should off-load any non-work related items onto the hard drive to keep the sever cleaner.
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hi vknowles, i have no the stats result available, but i think you can easily get it by yourself, and in fact, i think those states results from other companies are not very helpful to you, because each company has different culture, policies, business and customers.

since version 5.0 of NT (W2K/W2K3), there is a feature in NTFS, disk quota management, provides more granular control of disk storage. quotas allow administrators to limit the amount of disk space that a user can consume on an NTFS volume. disk quotas provide system administrators with a powerful tool for managing storage growth. administrators can set both soft and hard limits: when a user exceeds a warning level (soft limit), an event is logged; when a user exceeds the hard limit, they receive an Out of Disk error.

by using Quota Entries manager, you can easily see the amount used by one user/group.

hope it helps,
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in fact, there is no standard answer to such question. i preferto PAQ this question.
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I beg to differ with those who say there is no way to answer my question.

There are stats all over the place on the amount of time spent surfing the internet at work, the amount of time spent dealing with e-mail, and so on.  The same caveats (corporate culture, management, type of business) apply to those studies, too.

I was just trying to get help locating similar studies of storage management.

In my opinion, none of the responses was helpful.

This question could be PAQ'd without a refund of points if you like.
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