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SQL Server hotfix folders

Posted on 2010-08-26
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Hello,

We are running a Windows Server 2003 Cluster with several SQL Server 2005 instances. I know want to move two disk resources from a SQL instance which is being turned down. I tested the process and the move into another cluster group works but there are some folders on one of the disks I am not sure about what I should do with them. Looks like they contain some hotfixes files. Can I simply delete them or will that somehow hurt us in the long run?

Thank you
Mc2102
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by:kjetilroe
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I assume that you have two different instances of SQL servers. One that is turned off, and one that where you move the disks to. As hotfixes probably are for the old SQL Server, and it will "die", I think I can safely say that those files can be deleted without any worry. Hotfixes are for the server, not for the database files.
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Yes you assumtions are correct but and the SQL instance will be shut down but at some point we want to use it again so the question is by removing these folders will the instance break?
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I cant see any reason for the instance to break because of this. You might get into trouble if you want to uninstall some of the hotfixes, but usually that is not the case. The only reason for them being there are for uninstall purposes. So if you need to uninstall some of these hotfixes you might have to download and install them again to be able to uninstall them after deleting this directory.
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Thanks - that was the information I was looking for.
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