Clean Up Those Hard Drives!
WQuinn’s SpaceMaXX SRM 1.2 offers automated analysis of overloaded network storage.
- By Mike Gunderloy
- April 01, 2001
the old maxim, expands to fill the time available. Translated to the network
administrator’s world, that means files expand to fill the storage space
available. That 45GB hard drive that looked so spacious when installed
a while back now seems cramped, with MP3 and duplicate files stuffed everywhere.
Worse, how do you know what to delete and what to back up? And, how large
a backup tape drive do you need?
of spending hours manually scanning your drive, you can turn to SpaceMaXX
SRM, which offers automated tools for managing hard drive space. The product
comes in both server (Windows 2000 and Windows NT) and workstation (Win2K
Professional, Windows Me and Windows 9x) versions. For this review, I
checked out the server version on my Win2K network.
SpaceMaXX SRM is simple, with no reboot required. Then, in two clicks,
you can go from the SpaceMaXX Monitor taskbar icon to a Best Practices
report in HTML. This report quickly shows you what file types are taking
up the most space, where duplicate files are, and what files can be deleted
(for example, files last accessed more than 60 days ago). Every item has
a right-click menu so you can perform your cleanup directly from the report.
reports on the fly with SpaceMaXX SRM, you can schedule them for periodic
compilation or when disk usage crosses a threshold. The server version
lets you report on multiple remote hard drives from a single console,
a handy feature if you’re responsible for storage across a network. You
can customize reports as well. For instance, you might want to change
the “trigger” on the stale files report from 60 to 90 days. You can even
define your own reports using a simple visual query tool.
SRM performed flawlessly on my network. Report generation is a bit time-consuming
as every report requires a disk scan — the product doesn’t appear to cache
information between reports. This makes sense as it keeps things up to
date, but it can make running several ad hoc reports in quick succession
slower than one might like. The convenience of being able to perform cleanup
actions directly from the report interface is hard to appreciate until
you use it; then it becomes one of those features you can’t live without.
I can think
of features I’d like to see added to SpaceMaXX SRM, such as MMC integration,
so I can host it in the same window with the rest of my server-management
tools. But even taking this into account, SpaceMaXX SRM is a strong release
that’ll be useful to anyone fighting the disk space battle.
SRM’s ActiveHTML lets you interact with problem files directly from
a report in your browser. (Click image to view larger version.)
Mike Gunderloy, MCSE, MCSD, MCDBA, is a former MCP columnist and the author of numerous development books.