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Strange folders in windows server 2012 R2

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Hi,

I recently installed a windows 2012 R2 std. server as a file server. I attached two data drives to it and formatted as NTFS.


Now I'm seeing a lot of strange folders with names like "fdc97f528a940c42705c15d6acb1" fill up the disk. Those folders contain an empty amd64 folder and nothing else.


If I don't manually cleanup there wil eventually be literally hundreds of these folders in the roots of my data drives. It reminds me of the win 2003 server windows update folders.


What are they and how can I stop them from being created?
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by:donnk
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windows update will allways download installers onto the drive with the most free space!

see http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Strategies-for-freeing-disk-space

Once the updates have been applied you can get rid of the installer directories.
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by:i486dx266
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Hi,

This is not regarding windows 7, but windows server 2012 R2/8.1.

Windows 7 default windows update download folder is %windir%\softwareDistribution

This has also not been an issue on windows server 2008 R2/Win 7. Folders like the one i mentioned were used by windows update in server 2003/XP

Question remains, What mechanism/setting puts these folders here in server 2012 R2?
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Ok, since i've had no replies here i did my own investegations (finally found some spare time to do that), and decided that i should log the disk activity to see what was writing to the disk.

After a few hours of logging with procmon (thank goodness for sysinternals) and some filtering a new "GUID" folder appeared and the culprit is... system center trying to install SCEP...

This is natural since the 2012 SCCM does not support Win srvr 2012 R2 untill it's upgraded to SCCM 2012 R2.So i'll be uninstalling SCCM client there shortly and resume business as usual.
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