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    Freeing up disk space (Server 2003 R2)

    I just logged into a server and got a notification that there was only 110mb of free space left on the C drive.
    I did a search here for tips, and copied the hotfix uninstall and log files to the D drive (54gb free), as well as all the wallpaper (.bmp) files; this increased the free space to 295mb.
    295mb is still way less than enough space, though - in looking for more space, I see that C:WindowsServicePackFiles has 767mb in it, but I am not 100% sure that this directory can be either cleaned out or even deleted. Can it be removed? Or should it be compressed/backed up somewhere?
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    Re: Freeing up disk space (Server 2003 R2)

    Don

    A year or two ago I did a search for what directories on a server or XP workstation could be moved/deleted - see RTF attachment.

    I haven't revisited this recently to check that what I put there was correct, though...
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    Re: Freeing up disk space (Server 2003 R2)

    Digging this one up again.

    I've got a server with a TON of users configured on it, and their Temp Internet Files had been eating up the disk space. We changed some settings so they could not change the amount of space their temp internet files took up, and set everyone to automatically delete upon logging off.
    But today my boss called me and said that they're not deleting and he asked me to go in and manually delete them to regain disk space on C; however, for almost every single user I do not see the Temporary Internet Files folder where it should be under Documents & Settings. I made sure hidden files are displayed,, and I know that last time I was on this server there they were, plain as day. What could have happened to those Temp Internet File directories?
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    Re: Freeing up disk space (Server 2003 R2)

    What about the "Hide protected operating system files" setting?

    Joe

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    Re: Freeing up disk space (Server 2003 R2)

    They could be Hidden and System (mine are), so you would have to set the usual folders option to Show Hidden Files and Folders!

    I find that running a BATch file, either<pre> DEL C:*.TMP /S</pre>

    on a PC, or <pre> DEL pcnameC$*.TMP /s</pre>

    from an administrative workstation or a server usually does the job. Of course, if any temporary file is in use, it won't get deleted...

    (If you want to minimise the amount of work done, just point to Documents and Settings using <pre> DEL "Cocuments and Settings*.TMP" /S</pre>

    or<pre> DEL "pcnamec$Documents and Settings*.TMP" /S</pre>

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    Re: Freeing up disk space (Server 2003 R2)

    > But today my boss called me and said that they're not deleting

    Can't you ask your boss where they are?

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    Re: Freeing up disk space (Server 2003 R2)

    Thanks, joe - that did the trick.
    And Stuart, normally yes, I could - but I'm not talking to him right now. <img src=/S/mad.gif border=0 alt=mad width=15 height=15>

    One thing about Temp Internet Files that I am no longer sure about - should I be deleting just the files themselves, or the folders as well? Referring to the attached screenshot, would I be safe in deleting the AntiPhishing directory, for example, or should I drill down and delete only subdirectories and individual files? I used to know stuff like this, but heaven knows where my memory went.

    The same question goes for the desktop.ini and index.dat files.
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    Re: Freeing up disk space (Server 2003 R2)

    I'd use Internet Options to clear the TIF folder instead of deleting files and folders manually.

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    Re: Freeing up disk space (Server 2003 R2)

    You'll most likely have trouble deleting the folders as a file called index.dat is probably in use. Even if you delete the folders they'll just be recreated as soon as the user run IE or another program that created a folder in the TIF hierarchy. Besides folders take a negligible amount of space.

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    Re: Freeing up disk space (Server 2003 R2)

    If the folders get recreated, that is what I wanted to know; I can delete them and not worry. It's easier to delete the folders and everything in them at one shot than to go into the folders and delete the files - the higher up in the tree I can do the delete, the easier it will be. I'm doing this on Windows Server 2003 for over 100 users.
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    Re: Freeing up disk space (Server 2003 R2)

    If this is a big issue why don't you push a group policy to clear the TIF when the browser is closed?

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    Re: Freeing up disk space (Server 2003 R2)

    Returning to this topic, I've just come across a good article Managing Your Server's Boot Drive, which gives several useful suggestions about what can be removed or moved from the boot/system volume because it is getting too full.
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    [quote name='BATcher' post='757084' date='04-Feb-09 20:41']Returning to this topic, I've just come across a good article Managing Your Server's Boot Drive, which gives several useful suggestions about what can be removed or moved from the boot/system volume because it is getting too full.[/quote]
    You could always move the page file if it's located on the boot drive.

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    [quote name='skip' post='760964' date='24-Feb-09 16:13']You could always move the page file if it's located on the boot drive.[/quote]One could - but it isn't!
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