By Rick Cook

Although Windows 2000 includes facilities for setting disk quotas to control user storage, the earlier versions of Windows NT do not. However, a number of companies offer applications that let you set disk quotas in Windows NT 4.

Among the products available to set disk quotas in Windows 4 are: Quota Advisor, part of StorageCentral from W. Quinn Associates; Quota Manager from NTP Software; SpaceGuard from RainierWeb; and Quota Server from Argent Software. QuotaManager also comes with Computer Associates' Unicenter TNG management suite. Pricing on most products depends on configuration. Also, most of the companies allow you to download the software free for a trial period.

Quota software for Windows NT4 usually provides the ability to set quotas remotely, often via a browser-based interface. It also allows you to automatically assign quotas to new users, and obtain a variety of reports on disk space usage. This type of software often allows you to assign different levels of warning or grace periods to give users a chance to clean off their disk partitions before the quotas take effect.

Most companies with Windows NT disk quota products are also releasing versions for Windows 2000. They promise more sophisticated management tools, better reporting and other features than the built-in disk quota utility in Windows 2000.

Additional resources:

  • Quota Advisor information

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About the author: Rick Cook has been writing about mass storage since the days when the term meant an 80K floppy disk. The computers he learned on used ferrite cores and magnetic drums. For the last twenty years he has been a freelance writer specializing in storage and other computer issues.

This was first published in October 2000

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