How to Check Storage Space: Mac, Windows, & Linux

Written by Cassa Niedringhaus on June 5, 2020

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IT administrators need tools to assess their machines’ performance and configurations, whether those machines are in-office or remote. One metric that admins pinpoint across their fleet, regardless of operating system, is storage space. Storage space is relevant both for user workstations and Linux® servers, which must have free space to maintain critical operations, and which is easier to address proactively rather than reactively when a volume is full. 

In this post, we’ll first run through key reasons to assess storage space and then explore how to do so at scale for remote workstations and servers entirely from the cloud. 

Reasons to Assess Storage Space

You can use storage space data to manage your existing assets, as well as prepare for future purchases. Here are a few reasons to monitor it across your fleet regularly: 

  • Assess & maintain fleet health: Storage space is one data point that you can use in conjunction with others, such as CPU and memory, to assess fleet health. It’s particularly important to regularly monitor storage space for your servers, which can help you take action prior to them becoming full.
  • Troubleshoot user tickets: Storage space can also be a helpful data point as you troubleshoot a remote user’s machine. You can use it to determine whether a machine requires an upgrade, for example.
  • Evaluate purchasing decisions:  Understanding storage usage can help you evaluate whether machines are meeting the role demands of their users. For example, your video editor likely has different local storage needs than your Salesforce administrator who’s working primarily in SaaS platforms.
  • Prepare for software & OS installations: If you’re planning to roll out a new software installation, like Microsoft 365 or Adobe Creative Suite, or an OS upgrade, like macOS® Catalina, you can first ensure that target machines have enough available storage to accommodate that.

Cross-Platform Tool to Assess Machine Storage

Although you can assess each machine or server individually or integrate OS-specific tools, the ideal system monitoring and reporting tool integrates seamlessly with your core directory service and returns data regardless of OS. That way, you don’t have to juggle multiple third-party platforms to get a complete picture of your Mac®, Windows®, and Linux systems. It should also enable you to assess your fleet, no matter where you or the systems are located.

Achieve Integrated Telemetry with System Insights

At JumpCloud®, we’ve built a full-suite directory service in the cloud for access control and device management. As part of our Directory-as-a-Service®, we offer a premium System Insights™ feature, which admins can leverage to return telemetry data about all the managed systems in their fleet, including storage available. 

Other fundamental hardware, software, and network data points for each machine are included in the web-based Admin Portal. Admins can access this data individually, system-by-system, or they can leverage JumpCloud’s PowerShell Module and API to pull this and hundreds of other data points, build CSV reports, and manage external integration with SIEM tools. 

Available storage is one of the data points accessible both through the Admin Portal GUI and the PowerShell Module and API for workstations and servers, regardless of their OS. 

Manage & Monitor System Fleets

With JumpCloud, you can both manage and monitor the systems in your fleet. You can test the product’s full functionality — including System Insights telemetry — for up to 10 users and systems for free. You also get 10 days of free, 24/7 Premium Support via our in-app live chat function to get you set up and going quickly. Click here to set up a free account and test drive it yourself.

Cassa Niedringhaus

Cassa is a product marketing specialist at JumpCloud with a degree in Magazine Writing from the University of Missouri. When she’s not at work, she likes to hike, ski and read.

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