Windows Server user files

What is the best way to determine how much disk space users are taking on a windows 2003 server.
we are running out of space and i would like to be able to scan the user folders to determine who is using the most disk space and also how old the files are.
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to control how much space a user uses on a server is usally configured though qouta managment in the properties of the user or thourgh GPO

manually check the properties of the user shares on the server and open the folder to check the file attributes

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schuitkdsAuthor Commented:
I understand that  but how can I scan the current shared drive or user folders to determine who is using the most drive space?
Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
Impliment quotas - you can impliment quotas without enforcing a limit - that way you can track usage wiithout imposing a limit - see
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Leon FesterSenior Solutions ArchitectCommented:
Follow these instructions to add the FolderSize column to see the size of the folder.

Alternatively download and install Treesize professional.
It's a really nice tool to do age analysis for multiple layer folders.
It also has a addin for adding a Treesize Column to explorer which works much the same as the FolderSize option mentioned above.
Leon FesterSenior Solutions ArchitectCommented:
Treesize professional is perfect for drilling down into the age and type of files being stored per folder.
Also has excellent reporting and exporting capabilities.
schuitkdsAuthor Commented:
thank you
is there tool within the microsoft family built for this already?
Leon FesterSenior Solutions ArchitectCommented:
Yes there is a microsoft tool available, it's called right-click -> properties.
The FolderSize Tool is used and recommended by Microsoft MVP's which is an accredation I will probably never get with answers like these. Mark Dormer was an MVP since 2005.

Here is another link from a Microsoft Employee noahC who speaks about Foldersize and another tool to use for your purposes.

You don't need to install this on a server to work.
You can install it on your local PC and then access the users folders via mapped drives.
Leon FesterSenior Solutions ArchitectCommented:
My sincerest apologies for my previous statement.
I do believe that there is a Microsoft Tool for this.

DIRUSE.exe is a windows command line tool available in Windows 2000 Resource kit already.
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