Windows 2000 Terminal Server file system growing problem

Posted on 2004-11-23
Last Modified: 2010-04-14
I have 40 users on my TServer.  I don't have Active Directory installed.  I don't have local profiles setup either.

My problem is my C:\Documents and Settings folder is growing out of control.

Of my 40 users, this directory seems to be growing and I don't know what this folder does nor do I know what to purge on a regular basis.

C:\Documents and Settings\svc3\WINDOWS  <---- Can I remove anything from here?

Also, this folder grows out of control
C:\Documents and Settings\svc3\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

I have checked and there are no emails sitting in this account.  I have checked the sent, inbox and deleted items --- nothing shown in these folders.

I am sitting on 1GB "running" space on my C drive.  I have been slowly moving directories around to recapture space on my OS drive but am losing the battle.  

Is there a way that I can grow C drive with another drive?

Question by:j4piper
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    Couple of things

    1. C:\Documents and Settings is where the users's profiles are stored. You don't have to set anything up in order for this to happen, anytime someone logs onto your terminal server a profile is created for them and this is based on the default user profile.

    2. You may have profiles for users that you don't need and those are safe to delete. You can check by right click on My computer>Properties>Profile.

    3. The folder "C:\Documents and Settings\svc3\WINDOWS" I'm not sure what the WINDOWS folder is and haven't seen it but this looks like it's a profile for a user named svc3.

    4. The easiest way to expand your C drive is usually taking a backup and restoring on larger drive

    Hopes this helps.

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    The C:\Documents and Settings\... area holds all the TEMP and TMP directories as well.  When you know people are not logged in, got to
    C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Local Settings\Temp
    and make sure the temp files are being deleted correctly.

    The Outlook directory holds all the emails received by user svc3.  Is this the actual server login?  If not, get the appropriate user to check their email for unnecessary attachments and the like.

    To be honest, you're probably fighting a losing battle anyway.  It really depends how much space you started with!

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    The sad news is I have a RAID5 seutp on my setup with my initial C drive setup being 4GB being one of my primary partitions.

    I don't know how to increase my C drive without a major overhaul.
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    A 4Gb C: allocation for 40 users is probably, in hindsight, a little light.  Personally I'd have set up 8-12Gb, but then that's easy for me to say isn't it!?!

    Can you work out where the space is going?  Files can be moved around.  For example, you mention that the:
    C:\Documents and Settings\svc3\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
    directory was getting out of hand.  The *.pst files in here can be moved, but whether it is worth the effort really depends on which user the files are for, and what size they are.  My outlook directory, for example, is 750Mb.

    Is the src3 user the actual server?  If it is, then you can move all of the main folders quite easily!

    As for increasing the C drive.  I don't know of any 'easy' ways of doing this.
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    Maybe another thing, have you got your virtual memory paging file on c drive? if so can you move it to another drive?

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