How do I limit desktop size by group policy or other 3rd party means?

waforbes100 used Ask the Experts™
Points of my scenario:
1. I have a Windows Server 2003 domain
2. I am the admin of this domain
3. Workstations run Windows XP Pro, SP3
4. All users have roaming profiles
ISSUE/PROBLEM-TO-SOLVE: I must find a way to limit the size of users' desktop folders to reduce profile size bloat.
Note the following:
1. I'm aware that the entire user profile size can be limited by GPO: but this is Not desired.
2. Folder redirection for the desktop is Not desired
3. Making the desktop folder excluded from the roaming profile is Not desired.
4. I am receptive to third-party options as a last resort.
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It sounds like you want to set up quotas for the desktops of those users.  If you have Server 2003 R2 then you can use File Server Resource Manager which is pretty nice.  Otherwise you can only do volume quotas I believe.
waforbes100Senior IT Specialist


Zouleous: The profile servers are running Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2: 1 Standard Edition, and 1 Enterprise Edition. Is there a Microsoft add-on I can download and install to give them this capability?

No you would have to upgrade to R2 I believe...

Might be better off moving them to a Server 2008 R2 machine and you would have the tools to do it and then some.

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