How to Configure Storage Sense using Intune | Endpoint Manager

In this post, you will learn to configure storage sense using intune. If your Windows 10 device is running low on disk space, there are many ways to free up some disk space to clean unnecessary files.

Windows 10 can help you free up disk space with a Storage Sense feature. It can be useful to optimize space automatically.

Storage Sense is a silent assistant that works on your behalf without configuring it. It can automatically free up space on your computer by deleting files you don’t need, temporary files, recycling bin contents, and backup versions of Windows updates.

If you have a small drive, it can be a good way to have the machine automatically delete some junk files for you.

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Storage Sense also works with OneDrive to automatically free up space by allowing the option to dehydrate cloud-backed content back into the cloud storage that hasn’t been opened in a certain amount of days rather than keeping them on the local device.

When connected to the Internet, you can continue using your online-only files like any other file. More details on setting up manuallyWindows 10 Disk Space Issues Automatically with Storage Sense.

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How to Configure Storage Sense in Intune

Let’s follow the below steps to configure the storage sense policy –

Intune Configuration Profiles - Create Profile
Intune Configuration Profiles – Create Profile

Select Settings catalog (preview) in Create Profile, Select Platform, Windows 10, and later and Profile, Select Settings catalog (preview). Click on Create button. 

Intune Configuration Profiles - Create a Profile
Intune Configuration Profiles – Create a Profile

On the Basics tab, enter a descriptive name, such as Storage Sense – Windows 10. Optionally, enter a Description for the policy, then select Next.

Configure Storage Sense in Intune | Endpoint Manager
Configure Storage Sense in Intune | Endpoint Manager

In Configuration settings, select Add settings.

Configure Storage Sense in Intune | Endpoint Manager
Configure Storage Sense in Intune | Endpoint Manager

Select any settings you want to configure. Or, choose Select all these settingsFor example, select Storage to see all the settings in this category. After you add your settings, close the settings picker.

Configure Storage Sense in Intune | Endpoint Manager
Configure Storage Sense in Intune | Endpoint Manager

All the settings are shown and configured with a default value. Select the minus if you don’t want to configure a setting.

Configure Storage Sense in Intune | Endpoint Manager
Configure Storage Sense in Intune | Endpoint Manager

You can refer to this table to know more details about storage sense policy configuration –

Policy Name Supported Value Description
Allow Disk Health Model Updates Do not allow\AllowAllows disk health model updates.
Allow Storage Sense Global Allow\BlockIf you enable this policy setting, Storage Sense is automatically turned on when the machine runs into low disk space and runs whenever the machine runs into storage pressure.
Allow Storage Sense Temporary Files Cleanup Allow (Default)If you enable this policy setting, When Storage Sense runs, it can delete the user’s temporary files that are not in use.
Config Storage Sense Cloud Content Dehydration Threshold 0–365 (Days)If you enable this policy setting, When Storage Sense runs, it can dehydrate cloud-backed content that hasn’t been opened in a certain amount of days.
Config Storage Sense Downloads Cleanup Threshold  0-365 (Days)If you enable this policy setting, When Storage Sense runs, it can delete files in the user’s Downloads folder if they haven’t been opened for more than a certain number of days.
Config Storage Sense Global Cadence1 – Daily, 7 – Weekly, 30 – Monthly, 0 – During low free disk spaceIf you enable this policy setting, Storage Sense can automatically clean some of the user’s files to free up disk space.
Config Storage Sense Recycle Bin Cleanup Threshold 0-365 (Days)If you enable this policy setting, When Storage Sense runs, it can delete files in the user’s Recycle Bin if they have been there for over a certain amount of days.
Removable Disk Deny Write Access Not ConfiguredIf you enable this policy setting, write access is denied to this removable storage class.

Here It shows 2 of 8 settings in this category are not configured as we have configured 6 settings from the list and added value based on requirements. Once done, click Next.

Note – When you click on the information icon located on every setting, It will display tooltip text and values-based directly to help you understand exactly what each setting will do when configured.

Configure Storage Sense in Intune | Endpoint Manager
Configure Storage Sense in Intune | Endpoint Manager

Under Assignments, In Included groups, select Add groups and then choose Select groups to include one or more groups. Select Next to continue.

Assignments - Select groups to include
Assignments – Select groups to include

You can assign a tag to filter the profile to specific IT groups in Scope tags. Add scope tags (if required) and click Next.

In Review + create, review your settings. When you select Create, your changes are saved, and the profile is assigned.

Review + Create - Device Configuration Profile
Review + Create – Device Configuration Profile.

A notification will appear automatically in the top right-hand corner with a message. Here, Policy “Storage Sense – Windows 10” was created successfully. The policy is also shown in the profiles list.

Your groups will receive your profile settings when the devices check in with the Intune service.

Configure Storage Sense in Intune | Endpoint Manager
Configure Storage Sense in Intune | Endpoint Manager

End-Users Experience

Let’s check the end user’s experience on Windows 10 devices.

On Windows 10 device, Open the Start menu and select Settings > System. Under Storage, you can see Storage Sense turned On, see that message some of these settings are hidden or managed by your organization, and select Configure Storage Sense or run it now to validate the settings.

How to Configure Storage Sense using Intune | Endpoint Manager 1

Here you can see configured settings details based on the defined policy, settings are applied successfully.

How to Configure Storage Sense using Intune | Endpoint Manager 2

Resources

Windows 10 and Storage Sense https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/storage-at-microsoft/windows-10-and-storage-sense/ba-p/428270

Author

About Author – Jitesh, Microsoft MVP, has over five years of working experience in the IT Industry. He writes and shares his experiences related to Microsoft device management technologies and IT Infrastructure management. His primary focus is Windows 10 Deployment solution with Configuration Manager, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), and Microsoft Intune.

1 thought on “How to Configure Storage Sense using Intune | Endpoint Manager”

  1. I was searching for this option from 2 days in configuration profile… as usuall found asnwer from anoopcnair. Thank you man, all your work which reducing our work:)

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