[Okta Webinar] Learn how to a build a cloud-first strategyRegister Now

x
?
Solved

SBS 2003

Posted on 2013-01-24
5
Medium Priority
?
757 Views
Last Modified: 2013-02-11
Having space issue on the C: drive is it possible to move the C:\windows\installer folder to G: drive and make link to this folder. I thought by using this command mklink /G installer G:\installer.  But I am getting messages that mklink is not recognised command.
0
Comment
Question by:cps99
5 Comments
 
LVL 17

Expert Comment

by:aflockhart
ID: 38814341
mklink is not included in Windows Server 2003 so it probably isn.t in SBS2003 either.
0
 
LVL 42

Expert Comment

by:Meir Rivkin
ID: 38814347
mklink applies to Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista.
0
 
LVL 17

Expert Comment

by:aflockhart
ID: 38814372
Similar functionality in earlier versins was provided by NTFS junction points. I think the Resource Kit may contain tools for managing these.
0
 
LVL 85

Expert Comment

by:oBdA
ID: 38814391
On W2k3, you can use Sysinternal's junction.exe (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896768.aspx):
junction.exe "C:\Windows\Installer" "G:\Installer"
You need to delete the "Installer" folder before you run the command, junction will then recreate it as a link, so make sure you've copied everything over before starting with this.
Make sure you have a working backup before doing this, I have no idea whether this is a supported scenario.
linkd.exe (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9D467A69-57FF-4AE7-96EE-B18C4790CFFD&displaylang=en) should do the trick as well, but I found junction easier to handle.
How to create and manipulate NTFS junction points
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/205524
0
 
LVL 14

Accepted Solution

by:
ThomasMcA2 earned 1500 total points
ID: 38816205
You cannot delete or move/link the \Windows\Installer folder

It is not a supported setup, and may even completely break your OS, requiring a reinstall.

The command MsiZap G may cleanup some files from \Windows\Installer. It didn't help my setup, but some users have recovered gigabytes of disk space with that command.

Note that you can delete %windir%\installer\$patchcache$. This may cause you to get source prompts for binary delta patches as well as during patch uninstall, but is otherwise okay.

You must not delete any files directly under %windir%\installer, though. This will prevent you from repairing, patching, or even uninstalling products that use those files no matter what the type.
0

Featured Post

Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

YESTERDAY YESTERDAY.BAT is inspired by a previous article I wrote entitled: TOMORROW.BAT (http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/MS_DOS/A_4196-Advanced-Batch-File-Programming-TOMORROW-BAT.html). The crux of this batch f…
Introduction: Recently, I got a requirement to zip all files individually with batch file script in Windows OS. I don't know much about scripting, but I searched Google and found a lot of examples and websites to complete my task. Finally, I was ab…
Loops Section Overview
Despite its rising prevalence in the business world, "the cloud" is still misunderstood. Some companies still believe common misconceptions about lack of security in cloud solutions and many misuses of cloud storage options still occur every day. …

872 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question