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Can anyone tell me if there is a simple way I can gather information from every server our client has size wise in regards to every shared folder on each server, starting at the parent folder to determine how much space the total in shares take?   I am looking to quote a new SAN and I would like an easy way to run a query to see every shared folders size so when we move all the shared data to the new VM running on the SAN we wont short ourselves on space.  Most of the servers are running 2008R2 with the exception of 1 server running 2012R2.  Thanks   
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Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center Engineer

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I am currently using windirstat but that is kind of clunky.   Any other suggestions would be wonderful.
Mohammed BasheerInfrastructure Administrator
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Hi
Treesize is a good tool for this purpose. There is free edition and professional edition. Worth to buy and use permanently which does the job.

https://www.jam-software.com/treesize_free/features.shtml

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kevinhsiehNetwork Engineer
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How about looking at the total size of the backups? You backup everything, right?
I would just look at the total used space on all of the drives that have shares. All shares are on dedicated drives, right? (Please tell me you don't put user data on the C drive).
No harm in just including the space of the operating system in what goes on the SAN, since all VMs should live on the SAN anyway.
Your SAN should be maybe only 30% full after full data migration. That leaves space for more VMs, more data, and snapshots.
Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center Engineer

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Currently using that is there no way to automate that?
Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center Engineer

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Kevin we use Datto which backs up all folders I'm just concerned with shared folders.  
kevinhsiehNetwork Engineer
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How many servers you have? Are they physical or virtual? Local storage, or SAN?
Currently using that is there no way to automate that?
What is "that"?
Mohammed BasheerInfrastructure Administrator
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@kevin
He meant, currently he is using the tool we mentioned and asking whether there is a way to automate the size reporting or not.

That's what i understood :)
Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center Engineer

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@kevin there are currently 9 servers 2 are VM 7 physical.
Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center Engineer

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@Basheerpt that is correct.
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The best tool for a disk scan I came across is WizTree.
It's incredible fast with the scan as it's using the NTFS Master File Table (MFT) to gather all information.
I have been using it for a number of years and it's working well.
https://antibody-software.com/web/index.php
https://wiztreefree.com/
Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center Engineer

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@zalazar thank you I will check it out

Andrew WrightLooking for work in Edinburgh area
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Persoanlly I would use a PowerShell script, I did something similar but all my servers were VM's (VMware) so I used a PS Script to query the VM's

Try this:  https://improvescripting.com/how-to-get-disk-size-and-disk-free-space-using-powershell/

Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center Engineer

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@andrew does that break down by folder size or just overall?
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