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How do I move windows updates from one drive to another in Windows Server 2003

Is there a way I can move the windows updates from c:\windows to say d:\updates? Basically C: is running low on space and I need to get it back! Thanks in advance.
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OnkeltCommented:
Here is an excellent guide with several options on how to do exactly what you are asking:


http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328010/en-us

This should work for Windows 2003 Server.
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tigermattCommented:

The article linked to above does not seem to have any relevance to the question which has been asked.

Are you talking about moving the C:\WINDOWS\$NtUninstall... files to a different location? If so, you can. Those folders are simply back-up copies of old system files which were replaced by particular Windows updates. You do not need them if you have no intention of uninstalling any updates, but it is worthwhile keeping them in an archive somewhere, in the event they were required in the future. They can be moved to a different volume as you request for storage.

Any $NtUninstall directory can be moved or deleted. DO NOT move, delete or modify the $hf_mig$ directory, though.

I generally apply the rule that any $NtUninstall which is 6 months old or more can be deleted. Most updates, if they have been applied that long, will either have been superseded or have not caused any issues requiring an uninstallation, rendering the rollback directory rather useless.

-Matt
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danbnotmeAuthor Commented:
Do I have to move any other files? Like those KBxxxxxx.log files in %systemroot%?
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tigermattCommented:

The log files simply show what happened during the installation procedure. Any KBxxxxxx.log file can be safely deleted; it won't be needed in order to roll back an update.

-Matt
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danbnotmeAuthor Commented:
So I just have to move those KB folders to a new location while server is running, no problem?
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tigermattCommented:

Yes - no problem whatsoever.

-Matt
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danbnotmeAuthor Commented:
Thanks!!
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