Keeping exchange and application servers running
When most people think of quota software, file and print servers naturally come to mind due to the inherent tendency among users to fill them with junk files such as MP3s, games, pictures, and outdated or obsolete data. But what many Fortune 1000 companies are doing today is using quota software to maintain the availability and performance of application servers such as Exchange servers.
For example, at Tyco-Mallinckrodt, with 2000 revenues of $28 billion, their technical analyst has set real-time quota alerts on the Windows Exchange servers to help monitor the capacity status at all times. When the servers approach a critical threshold, the real-time quota software triggers e-mail alerts that helps Tyco-Mallinckrodt avoid potential Exchange shut downs due to disk full conditions. The same applies for any other application servers, such as databases or even web servers.
About the author: This tip was submitted and prepared by Steven Toole, vice president of Marketing at WQuinn, a provider of storage management tools for Windows NT/2000. For more information about WQuinn, see the company's Web site at
This was first published in February 2001