Do you use Disk quotas?

On January 26, 2006, in news, by

I’ll be flat out honest, that I disable Disk quotas on every SBS box under my control.  I watch the daily email and ensure that things never get out of hand [they don’t] but with the price of harddrives these days… no matter if you have SATA to SCSI, we typically have enough harddrive space that in the typical SBS network.. limiting drive space … I would argue for your typical firms….. isn’t needed.  Yes, you might have clients that this is a concern, but I think our old Exchange 2003 store limits of 16 gig was the bigger issue in our networks.

Just remember Exchange 2003 “is” supported on SBS 2003 and can easily be applied to ‘up’ our limits to 75 gigs.  Read the articles on Vladville for more info.


4 Responses to Do you use Disk quotas?

  1. Bob says:

    Instead of disk quota’s I’d really like the ability to restrict by file type.

    Would be a nice simple way to make sure only agreed upon file types show up on the server – no more mp3’s and other unwanted files!

  2. John Johnson says:

    I also don’t use Disk Quotas.

    I forgot to disable disk quotas one time and a few months later. The client had a odd problem were some users were able to bring up the Quickbooks file on the server with no problems, other users would get a error on startup.

    I finally remembered to disable disk quotas and all was good.


  3. Philipp Kohn says:

    Hi Susan,

    I use Disk Quotas but not in a SBS enviroment.
    I´m admin in SBS Domain and in W2k3 EE Domains and in the bigger Domains we use Quotas for the Userhomefolders on a seperate Partition.

    I´ve limited the space for the Users @ 1 Gigabyte. It´s a Backup-Problem we don´t want to buy a bigger Streamer every year.

    The LTO3, 400GB Streamer we buy next hold up for 2 Years, although I don´t believe that. 😉

    Regards Philipp

  4. Graeme Smith says:

    Hunh? You gotta have disk quotas!

    The well intended Powerpoint presentation with 130 embedded 5Mb image files is my classic case as to why needed!

    But – really Exchange mailbox quotas are far MORE important. Clients who packrat their mailbox and then complain about mail box speeds if remote connected by dial up and Outlook by VPN or RPC over HTTP are a principle reason to enforce quotas.

    and Philip’s comment about backup growth is a reall issue with which I concur.