Software that Automatically Deletes files older than X days

Posted on 2012-03-12
Last Modified: 2015-05-25
Can anyone recommend some good software that will delete files older than X days or that runs every month for shares on my server. If Microsoft had a tool that would be even better. Want to clear out some shares every month on our Server 2008.

Also looking some good quota management software for folders, i know Microsoft has management for drives but i need to apply it to a load of folders (users homes)

Thanks for any help.
Question by:Ricochet69
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Expert Comment

ID: 37710787
You could use the following VBScript to accomplish this. You'll need to change the sRoot and NMaxFileAge variables to what you need and save it to .VBS. The create a task schedule job on the server with cscript.exe as the program and the path to the .vbs file as the arguments.

On Error Resume Next

Set oFileSys = WScript.CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
sRoot = "C:\Path To Old Files"			'Path root to look for files
today = Date
nMaxFileAge = 3					'Files older than this (in days) will be deleted


Function DeleteFiles(ByVal sFolder)

	Set oFolder = oFileSys.GetFolder(sFolder)
	Set aFiles = oFolder.Files
	Set aSubFolders = oFolder.SubFolders

	For Each file in aFiles
		dFileCreated = FormatDateTime(file.DateCreated, "2")
		If DateDiff("d", dFileCreated, today) > nMaxFileAge Then
		End If

	For Each folder in aSubFolders

End Function

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Expert Comment

ID: 37710832
We create .bat files and then schedule them to run using windows task scheduler.
Here is a good reference for commands:

Author Comment

ID: 37714505
Id like to get some nice and easy to use GUI software if anyone could recommend some without using scripts and windows scheduler.
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Expert Comment

ID: 37715911
Here are a couple that will do what you are asking for in a gui.  Of course, the niceness of a programmed turnkey solution comes with a monetary cost.  ;)

File Automation Workshop

Win Quota

Author Comment

ID: 37766479
Thanks Guys,

Currently testing these out will get back when i come to a solution

Author Comment

ID: 37775435
I changed the vb script for just one day and i got the following error vbscript error

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Ricochet69 earned 0 total points
ID: 37801492
ok so the script didnt work. I used a different powershell script instead. This will remove both files and folders older than 15 days. Some of the code isnt needed. Ive also used file server resource manager for keeping quotas on files and folders.

#----- define parameters -----#
#----- get current date ----#

$Now = Get-Date

#----- define amount of days ----#

$Days = "1"

#----- define folder where files are located ----#

$TargetFolder = "C:\...yourtargetfolder"

#----- define extension ----#

$Extension = "*.log"

#----- define LastWriteTime parameter based on $Days ---#

$LastWrite = $Now.AddDays(-$Days)


#----- get files based on lastwrite filter and specified folder ---#

$Files = Get-Childitem $TargetFolder -Recurse -Force | Where {$_.LastWriteTime -le "$LastWrite" -and (! $_.PSIsContainer)}


foreach ($File in $Files)


    if ($File -ne $NULL)


        write-host "Deleting File $File" -ForegroundColor "DarkRed"

        Remove-Item $File.FullName -force | out-null




        Write-Host "No more files to delete!" -foregroundcolor "Green"



$Folders = Get-Childitem $TargetFolder -Recurse | Where {$_.LastWriteTime -le "$LastWrite" -and ( $_.PSIsContainer)}

if ($Folders.Count -ge 1)

foreach ($Folder in $Folders)


    if ($Folder -ne $NULL)

	 	 write-host "Deleting File $Folder" -ForegroundColor "DarkRed"
		 $children = Get-ChildItem -Recurse -Force -Path $Folder.FullName
           if($children -eq $null)
        	Remove-Item $Folder.FullName
	 $children = $null




        Write-Host "No more files to delete!" -foregroundcolor "Green"



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