Low Disk Space on System Drive running Windows Server 2003 SP1/SP2

2017-12-07T14:05:11+00:00 February 7th, 2011|Azure, Cloud, Windows|

We recently encountered an issue were a Windows Server 2003 SP2 machine was running critically low on disk space on the C: drive. We deleted the temp files, dump files and cleared the Software DistributionDownload folder as stated in my colleagues post (http://support.risualblogs.com/blog/2009/10/14/running-low-on-disk-space-on-a-drive/). To free up some additional space, the C:WindowsServicePackFiles folder can be moved to another drive. Users are cautious of editing files in the Windows directory and rightly so, however the ServicePackFiles is safe to move. This folder contains the contents of the SP1/SP2 disc which means the disc does not need to be inserted when installing new Windows Components. Once the folder has been moved to another drive, the following Registry Keys need to be updated so Windows references the correct location for SP files, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionSetup:

ServicePackSourcePath and ServicePackCachePath