Managing file quotas

Another great feature of Windows Server is the ability to place quotas on folders. Quotas allow an administrator to restrict the amount of data users can place on a server. A common use for quotas is with a user's home directory. By limiting the amount of data a user can place on the server, it prevents one user from unfairly using all of the available storage.

There are two types of quotas available for Server 2012: hard and soft. Hard quotas restrict how much data a user can store on the server and will block any usage above the defined quota limit. Soft quotas track how much data a user is consuming and alert when the limit is reached. Users will still be able to store additional information when soft quotas are exceeded. ...

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