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Limit Maximum Folder Size in Windows Server 2003

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I have around 100 users sharing a network server with Windows Server 2003 that has a capacity of 206G.  I come in this morning and the server was completely full.  Ironically, I upgraded the server just 6 months ago from an older server that only had ~20G of space.  Despite my protests apparently the users  seem to think it is okay to put personal junk and business data that should really be stored on their local hard drives on the server.  Is there a way I can limit the size of individual folders?  For instance, the engineering department is currently using 80G of space, on a folder I have mapped out as the J drive.  How can I limit the size of this folder to 40G?  Also, within that folder there are subfolders, can I limit the space of specific subfolder to say 500MB?
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Yes you can limit disk usage in Windows 2003.  However, you can not do this per folder.  This has to be done per volume.

In other words if you have one volume with USER HOME FOLDERS, COMPANY SHARED DATA Folder, and MANAGERS Folders on it, the limit that you set will be on the whole volume.  This might work in your situation but you may have to re-partition...

Example:

Users Home Folders = Volume A
Company Shared DATA = Volume B
Managers Folder = Volume C

Then you can set rules on each volume

No one can save more than 200mb's on the Volume A
No one can save more then 5GB's on Volume B
No one can save more then 60GB's on Volume C


Setup Disk Quota in Windows 2003:  http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/windowsserv/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_DQintro.asp

More information:  http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/Litmus/disk_quotas.htm

Thank you,

Joe Poandl MCSE



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Thanks for Points and Grade!
Best of luck
CD
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Thanks for the help.  I've implemented quotas on my users last Friday.  Thanks again.

Richard
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