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What is the best method of cleaning up a file server using disk quotas, and perhaps some third party software?

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I currently inherited a file server running Windows 2003 Standard Edition and would like to know what is the best way to approach the space and security management of the server.  I'm familiar with disk quotas, but I've never conducted a massive clean up as this one, this is going to be a beast of a job.  Can anyone please recommend a good way to get this done using disk quotas or other third party software; any other suggestions are appreciated as well.  I would really like to know how much space is being used in all the folders, drives etc. without having to use Windows Explorer, it is too time consuming and annoying.  Thanks in advance...
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Anyone have information on the rest of my question?  How can I get started on this project, perhaps any of you have undertaken a project like this.  Thanks,...
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Unfortunately there is no miracle answer to this.  You can use utilities to find out what folders are using most of the space but the cleanup is going to be a manual process.  I usually start with shared folders and home folders.  I've seen if quotas are not enabled users will not delete old files.
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I agree with nadeem_azhar. The tree size will let you know what files are hogs at a glance but mostly it's a manual process. Check dates to see when the folders or files were last modified or accessed.
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