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I have a per-user disk quota on our server. Each user has their own folder to store data and whatnot. However, there is also a public folder which each user has access to. I was wondering if it was possible to exclude files in this folder from counting against a user's quota.

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It is not possible to exclude files from a disk quota, as the quota, by design, is managed at volume level.

One way to try to circumscribe this issue in your particular case is to :

  1. create a separate volume
  2. rename your current publicfolder and create a new empty one at the same location
  3. mount this volume exposed not as a volume letter but exposed into your public folder
  4. move back your public data into the new mounted volume
  5. apply your quota to your principal volume, and of course do not apply quota on the public mounted volume
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