Like many others (judging from the number of posts) the WinSXS folder on some of our servers is rapidly eating up free disc space. Due to the number of differing opinions I have come across, please can someone give a definitive answer to the following :
1. Are the files in the winsxs folder 'real' or hard links to files elsewhere ?
2. Can the winsxs folder be safely moved off to another drive and a hard link created to redirect requests to the new location? ( machine's are all vms so if the folder can be moved I would attach a new thin prov volume and drop the winsxs folder in this ). Only other option is to expand the existing volume but as mine are all thick provisioned I wouldn't want to add masses of space - if this the only way to do it, however, I'll settle for having to just add a bit more space as and when required.
o/s = Windows 2008 R2 ( vm under VMware ESXi 4.1.0 )