A technet article about Win2k NTFS quota settings[1] states:

By default, only members of the Administrators group can view and change the quota settings. However, the administrator can allow users to view quota settings.

Does this still apply to Win2k8? If so, I couldn't find information on how to allow non-admins accounts to query quota information. Can anyone point me into the right direction?

It would be fine to grant extra privileges to a dedicated group, but adding the users to the local admin group is a no-go.

Edit: I'm trying to write a script which reports quota information. For security reasons, it should not run under an admin account.

[1] Managing Disk Quotas


With Windows 2008 and 2008 R2 the preferred method of managing quotas is to use FSRM

Provided your clients are Windows 7 (or iirc Vista) then the quota information will be available to your users through 'My Computer'.

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  • I'm aware of FSRM, but the use of NTFS quotas is mandatory in my case. Also, I'm trying to query quota information programmatically. – Markus Bruckner Mar 4 '11 at 12:44

I believe you need to grant the "read permission" to the "msDS-QuotaContainer" for the user you want to run the script as.

To view the NTDS Quotas container in the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in, you must enable Advanced Features on the View menu.

FYI you can use this in your script to query the quota:

dsget user <userDN> -part <partitionDN> -qlimit –qused


dsget user cn=bsmith,ou=HelpDesk,dc=fabrikam,dc=com –part dc=fabrikam,dc=com –qlimit –qused

source: http://blogs.technet.com/b/activedirectoryua/archive/2009/03/18/active-directory-quotas.aspx

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