Determining usage of the shared drive
This article describes several ways to check the current usage of the shared drive from a VM or from an FTP client. Any Skytap or administrator can perform these actions.
Determining usage from a Windows VM
By mapping the shared drive as a network drive, you can see the total drive capacity and how much of the capacity is in use. The mapping process differs between Windows versions.
For example, from a Windows 7 or 2008 R2 VM:
- Navigate to My Computer.
- Click the Map Network Drive button along the upper edge of the window.
- Choose an appropriate drive letter (such as “F:”).
- For the Folder field, enter
Determining usage from a Linux VM
View usage from smbclient or Nautilus on a Linux VM. For more information about installing these tools, see Adding and sharing files with the shared drive.
duto display the current usage of the shared drive, as well as its total capacity.
To display current and total use, view the folder properties by pressing Alt + Enter.
Determining usage from an FTP client
How you determine usage via FTP depends on which program you use. Most programs display only the size of files within a selected directory—not the contents of subdirectories.
You can view the total size of a directory and all of the files in its subdirectories by temporarily adding them to the FTP client transfer queue.
To view the combined size of all files in the shared drive
To temporarily add all files to the transfer queue, right-click the
shared_drivedirectory and select Add files to queue from the menu.
The FTP client displays the combined size of all the files in the transfer queue.
To clear the transfer queue, right-click in the transfer queue at the bottom of the FTP client and select Stop and remove all.
- You can’t add files or folders to the transfer queue unless you are connected to an FTP server.
- Some FTP clients may report file sizes in kibibytes, mebibytes, etc., rather than in kilobytes, megabytes, etc.
- Administrators can find the maximum capacity of the shared drive from the Manage > Settings page. For more information, see Managing account-wide settings.
- Administrators can increase the size of a shared drive by contacting Skytap Support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For general information about using the shared drive, see Adding and sharing files with the shared drive.