implement a Home folder storage solution for all the Active Directory users

Posted on 2015-01-21
Last Modified: 2015-01-26
Dear EE Expert,
Management asked me to implement a Home folder storage solution for all the Active Directory users in our company.

Scenario is as follows:-
I want to implement Home Folder for all the existing Active Directory users which is around 250 users with 10GB of Hard Quota and need to generate reports about per user Disk usage statistics every 6 months. Also need a provision to increase the Quota limits for some specific users based upon the Management special requests.

I have the following setup ready:-
1) Windows 2008 standard edition 32-Bit Active Directory environment
2) Windows 2012R2 standard edition File server with C-Drive=50GB and D-Drive=3TB

Please help me to implement this solution.

Best Regards,
Thank you!
Question by:smpvm
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 3
LVL 24

Assisted Solution

VB ITS earned 500 total points
ID: 40561932
The File Server Resource Manager can do all of this.

Have a look at this 7-part guide to get you started:

Doesn't have steps for 2012 R2 but FSRM hasn't really changed that much from 2012.

Author Comment

ID: 40562078
Hello Sir,
I had gone through the URL what you had posted, i understood now how to setup a folder Quota based on a template but my case is i have around 250 users in Active Directory, I am looking for a solution which can create Home folders for each users automatically with Home folder name equal to their Username in a particular Drive,the Drive size will be 3TB and Each Home folder should be of 10GB. I don't want to create 250 Home folder manually for each users based on a template and assign the permission.
Waiting for your support.

LVL 24

Assisted Solution

VB ITS earned 500 total points
ID: 40562140
You don't have to create on a per user basis. You can highlight multiple users in an OU in Active Directory Users and Computers and set the Home folder a group at a time. Here's some detailed steps if you want to use this method:

- Open Active Directory Users and Computers on your DC
- Go to the Organizational Unit containing all of the users you want to create a Home folder for
- Click on the Type column to sort by object type (in case you have Distribution Groups, etc in the OU)
- Highlight all the User accounts
- Right click on any of the users then click on Properties
- Click on the Profile tab
- Tick Home folder
- Pick a drive letter from the Connect: dropdown menu
- Type the path to the Users share on the file server followed by %username%, e.g. \\server\users\%username%
- Click OK when done

The above assumes that you have already configured the share and NTFS permissions properly on the share so that users'  home folders can be created automatically. If you haven't done this already, follow the steps here;
Back Up Your Microsoft Windows Server®

Back up all your Microsoft Windows Server – on-premises, in remote locations, in private and hybrid clouds. Your entire Windows Server will be backed up in one easy step with patented, block-level disk imaging. We achieve RTOs (recovery time objectives) as low as 15 seconds.


Author Comment

ID: 40564117
I am testing the above solution in a test environment and will let you know about the outcome by the end of tomorrow.

Thank you for the support.


Author Comment

ID: 40566059
Hello Sir,
I successfully implemented Quota solution as per the documentation for user’s home folders and department shares on a test environment; I am attaching the screenshot with a slight modification in the username for security reason. Currently I am facing problem in modify the Space Limit for the template on E:\StaffHome\*
I need to increase the quota limit from 100MB to 20GB for user home folder and that new quota limit 20GB should reflect for all existing users as well as new users. Can please advise me how to achieve this goal?
Waiting for your support.
LVL 24

Accepted Solution

VB ITS earned 500 total points
ID: 40569205
You'll need to create a new Quota Template with the 20GB limit then edit the existing quota applying to the E:\StaffHome folder.

- Right click on Quota Templates in FSRM then select Create Quota Template...
- Give your template a name, e.g Staff Home Folders 20GB Limit
- Change the limit to 20 GB (default is MB so make sure you change this to GB)
- Add any notification thresholds as desired
- Click OK when done
- Now click on Quotas in FSRM
- Right click on the E:\StaffHome in the list then select Edit Quota Properties...
- Select your newly created Staff Home Folders 20GB Limit from the dropdown list then click OK
- Choose whether you want the new quota to auto apply (you'll need to reconfigure any custom quotas if you choose this option)
- Click OK when done

Author Comment

ID: 40570598
Hello Sir,

Thank you so much, the solution and the support is excellent, it solved my problem. I am closing this request.


Featured Post

Are your AD admin tools letting you down?

Managing Active Directory can get complicated.  Often, the native tools for managing AD are just not up to the task.  The largest Active Directory installations in the world have relied on one tool to manage their day-to-day administration tasks: Hyena. Start your trial today.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Server 2012 R2 Hyper 12 41
Rogue RDP Connections 5 58
Windows server 2012 R2 administrator user account 7 32
Problem to Citrix 2 13
You might have come across a situation when you have Exchange 2013 server in two different sites (Production and DR). After adding the Database copy in ECP console it displays Database copy status unknown for the DR exchange server. Issue is strange…
Sometimes drives fill up and we don't know why.  If you don't understand the best way to use the tools available, you may end up being stumped as to why your drive says it's not full when you have no space left!  Here's how you can find out...
This video Micro Tutorial explains how to clone a hard drive using a commercial software product for Windows systems called Casper from Future Systems Solutions (FSS). Cloning makes an exact, complete copy of one hard disk drive (HDD) onto another d…
With the advent of Windows 10, Microsoft is pushing a Get Windows 10 icon into the notification area (system tray) of qualifying computers. There are many reasons for wanting to remove this icon. This two-part Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial s…

749 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question