running out of space

we have windows 2003 server SP2, which acts as a DC and Exchange......I am running out of space on the C drive and was wondering if i can delete all the folders in c:\windows\softward distribution folder
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If you are running out of disk space, I suggest you review my document on boot drive size - see

It includes over 20 things to look for and do to free up space.

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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Yes.  I would give leew's (EE) article a review for other potential savings.
Make sure you shut down with Automatic Updates service and the BITS service before deleting this files in Software Distribution\Download, though.  You can also delete any text file starting with KB in the Windows folder after rebooting the server from any previous updates.  If you unhide files in the 'Windows' folder, you can delete the files starting with $NTUninstall... as long as you have restarted the server after it's last set of updates and have had no problems with previous updates.  These are backups of Windows OS files that are no longer needed but are not properly maintained my the Microsoft Operating Systems (and likely never will...).

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You are on a slippery slope here and only buying yourself a small bit of time depending on your volume of Exchange email.  If your server permits, I would suggest the following if you are about to run completely out of space.  Add a large additional partition (drives or single drive) to your Server and then MOVE your Exchange database to that drive.
How big is your exchange folder?
Also, when you run your backup, are you telling the backup to flush your exchange logs?   If not, you can do a backup and have it flush your logs.  This will clear up alot of space.
rrajaniAuthor Commented:
mcrossland:  server has 2 partitions.........c for os which has 700  mb left but d drive which has exchange on it has 60 GB space which is perfectly fine as it backs evernight........
Ah, nice.  Where is your windows page file?  Have you moved it to the second partition?  
rrajaniAuthor Commented: page file itself is 1.5gb and it is on c drive
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
rrajani - is there a reason you are not reading the link I and PowerEdgeTech posted?  Moving the pagefile is covered in that.  As is many other things... Read the link and if you have questions, ask.  Otherwise, I doubt anything else will be covered here that is not ALREADY covered in the link.
Then move the page file.  There's 1.5 gig.  That should cover it as long as your not adding files to the C drive over time and cleaning up temp Windows updates folders in the windows directory.
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