Managing disk space on file servers can be a challenge, especially as users like to hoard information and use network shares to store non work-related files. To ensure that you can keep file servers running smoothly and provide enough space for business-critical operations, it’s wise to look at imposing limits on users’ home shares. In this article, I’ll walk you through how to enable disk quotas on Windows Server 2012.
The file and print services server role is installed by default in Windows Server 2012, but if you want to enable disk quotas, you’ll need access to the File Server Resource Manager tool (FSRM), which isn’t installed as standard. If you haven’t already done so, install FSRM:
To add a quota to a folder, you can specify the folder path and choose from a list of pre-defined quota templates:
You’ll see that information about the quota template is listed in the summary box at the bottom of the Create Quota dialog. The 100 MB Limit template has a hard limit, meaning that users cannot add more files to their home shares once 100 MB is reached. Email notification is also enabled if you have configured an SMTP server, which can be set by right clicking File Server Resource Manager in the left pane and selecting Configuration Options from the menu. On the Email Notifications tab you can add an SMTP server and modify the default email settings.