How to setup disk quotas per either user or folder

I recently boght new servers, and I would like to restrict users storage capacity, so in order to prevent, I don't want them to store more that they need, my idea is to setup a folder structure and assign to each user a quota, lets say 300MB per folder. If that is not pssible, I would like to do a quota per username.
Who is Participating?
TSTechNAConnect With a Mentor Author Commented:
Seems that there is no way to do it the way I want it to do it, so with this apologies I will close this question
1.Unfortunately, there is no way to set up a quota that applies only to a specific folder.  At least, not with Microsoft's tools anyway.  There may be some 3rd party app that can do it, but I don't know of any off the top of my head.

2.If you have Server 2003 R2 then you will be able to limit the size of folders.  Here is a brief article on what R2 is all about -
I am not sure if this works with 2008

Some third party tools,

4.Disk quotas are applied per volume. ie drive c, drive e, drive g, etc each have to have disk quotas enabled and hence each drive has a separate list of quota entries.  
Only the owner of the files (in terms of NTFS) on the drive are listed.  When looking at the quota entries for the first time it does take a bit of time for the entire list to be populated.
If you have set up the GPO (as per then any new user will have quota applied

5.Right click on the drive in my computer, and choose properties. Then on the quota tab enable quotas by checking "enable quota management".  Here you can set the default limits for all users. Once done you can then click "quota entries", to set custom quotas for specific users, to do this choose, on the menu bar Quota and then New Quota Entry.

6.The disk quotas feature in Windows 2003 Server is a great way to manage disk space. Getting this setup for a small network is usually a breeze, but with larger networks it can take quite some time to create a quota entry for every user. Luckily, we can use group policy to make this process a lot faster.

In order to accomplish this task, create a new GPO and browse to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Disk Quotas. There are several configurable aspect of disk quotas here, but in order to use any of them you have to make sure the first item in the list, Enable disk quotas is enabled. After doing this you can configure all of the options you could normally configure in regards to disk quotes. These include the default quota limits, the quota warning and limit settings, and the quota logging settings. After you have customized this GPO to your liking all that is left is to apply it to the organizational unit of your choice.
Here is everthing you ever wanted to know about disk quotas.
HAHAHA!!  sk_raja_raja plagarized me!  Check out the first answer on this post:
Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

All Courses

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.