Report Desktop Folder Size Roaming Profiles

Server 2012 R2

Hello, we are running Citrix XenApp 6.5 - Published Desktops for remote access and branch office staff.  (5) XenApp Servers

Typical Roaming Profile configuration -  Terminal Services Profiles .V2 are stored on one server and changes are replicated to individual load balanced XenApp Servers.

I would like to either report or alert on the desktop folder size and contents.  Ideally, i would like to get a scheduled report similar to FSRM quota templates but an alert would work as well if a user hit say 100MB.  This would need to include subfolders within the Desktop folder.

How do you all accomplish something like this?

FSRM seems to report on a specific volume or folder, not necessarily all "Desktop" folder:  d:\xahome\tsprofiles\%username%\Desktop
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Robin CMSenior Security and Infrastructure EngineerCommented:
Are you really running XenApp 6.5 on Server 2012?

Why are you not using roaming profiles? You would set up a shared folder for these on a file server, and that server could run FSRM. This would give you what you need.

Check your permissions, there is a group policy option to grant administrators access to roaming profiles, see
Note that the setting does not apply retrospectively - you need to turn it on before any roaming profiles get created.
LenCepedaAuthor Commented:
Hello robincm,  we are using roaming profiles.

The XenApp Servers are running on Server 2008 - the file server with the share storing the profiles I would like to report on are running on server 2012.  I was trying to give some background but I think I confused things by describing the Citrix Environment in my original post.

Basically, I am asking how do I setup FSRM to report on the DESKTOP folder size within the profile V2 folder?

I don't want to actually LIMIT the size I just want a report or an alert.
Robin CMSenior Security and Infrastructure EngineerCommented:
You should be able to do it with something like Treesize Pro, see and in particular the question "Can TSP 5.1.1 report only directories matching a certain criteria?". See also

I'm just wondering if FSRM can do something similar, without you having to specify every "Desktop" folder explicitly (which would be tedious).

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Robin CMSenior Security and Infrastructure EngineerCommented:
Incidentally, you could possibly accomplish this by using folder redirection (via group policy), and pointing all the Desktop folders to a separate share.

It's usually a good idea to redirect as much as possible out of roaming profiles, though you might find there are side effects so check that stuff like user-customisable wallpapers still work properly afterwards (e.g. in Server 2003 redirecting the desktop folder broke JPG background images).
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