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January 30, 2012

NetApp Quotas- How to implement in Windows Enviornment

Filed under: NetApp — Akther @ 7:12 pm

We have implemented NetApp Quotas in  current enviornment recently. I was planning to write a blog post since long time about how can we implement NetApp Quotas in windows enviornment. I hope it would help some one who want to implement Quotas in Netapp.

There are three types of Quotas in NetApp.

1. User  – User quota can apply to volume or qtree. ( its helpfull to setup a home folder concept in Windows Active Directory/NetApp)

2. Group – Group Quota can only apply in Unix system. In Windows domain envoiornment it won’t support.

3.Tree – Quota can apply to volume or Qtree.

Below are the 3 types of quotas we can setup

In our infrastrucure scenario we have given quota to each department depends on there current data size . We enabled CIFS to store department datas in Netapp.

Apart from Qtree level quota’s we had applied user level quota’s in conjuction with Active Directory. This post i already published in here

In this article we can see who we can set Quota for Qtrees

First create a volume and Qtree before apply the Quota. Below screenshots can tell you how we can create these. Go to filer view–>Volumes–>Add

Seect Flexible volume

Give Volume name

You must have enough space in Aggregrate before creating volumes

Give the size of the volume. I selected total space and 10% given to snap shot

Click–> Commit


Creating Qtree

Select the volume from drop down menu and given the name for Qtree.

Creating Quotas for Qtreee

Once you created the Qtree we can go ahead and apply the quota for each department.

Select Tree to apply quota for Volume/Qtree.

Select the volume ( in our case its projects)

Select the Qtree ( Engineering in this case)

Here you can specify the space limit to apply Quota.

Soft limt – It will throw warning message in console once it reached

Hard Limit – This is the limit where users will get error message once 30 GB reached.

Last step. Once you created Quotas you have to make it ON from Edit Rules

Dont forget to create CIFS shares if department want to see in UNC path.



  1. Nice but filerview goes bye-bye in 8.1 and you’ll need system manager.

    Comment by gary williams — June 3, 2012 @ 10:16 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Gary to let us know this

      Comment by Akther — June 4, 2012 @ 10:14 pm | Reply

  2. Nice post
    You should also use OnCommand the successor

    Comment by w1ll1ng — October 5, 2012 @ 10:50 pm | Reply

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