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Deleting Temporary Files using SCCM or GPO or something else.

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Does anyone have a way that they periodically delete temporary files on a machine via SCCM or GPO or another method. When I do a Disk Cleanup on some machines on occasion, the temporary files sometimes hit over 50GB. What is the easiest way to set a task to delete these on 1000+ machines periodically? BTW..this is not just for Temporary internet files. I would want it to delete all temp files including hidden files and read only files. This is on Windows 7.
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by:Gabriel Clifton
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I use CCleaner from Piriform.com and have a logoff script that automatically runs it.
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by:prologic08
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I cannot use CCleaner for this although I do use it personally. Thank you Gabriel.
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Gabriel Clifton earned 250 total points
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How about using this as a logoff script

@echo off
cd /d %temp%
for /r %%a in (*.*) do (
del /f /q %~a
) >nul
cd /d "%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files"
for /r %%b in (*.*) do (
del /f /q %~b
) >nul
cd /d "C:\Windows\Temp"
for /r %%b in (*.*) do (
del /f /q %~b
) >nul
cd /d "C:\Windows\Prefetch"
for /r %%b in (*.*) do (
del /f /q %~b
) >nul

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by:Mike T
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Hi,

I don't have an existing method but I suggest a few.

1) Run a script using ConfigMgr using a task-sequence
2) Run a script using ConfigMgr using a package and set it to recur
3) use a GPO with same script

Gabriel's script is fine but I would avoid using a login script. People are trying to avoid that as it stalls the login. People are impatient and want to get to their desktop!

For the same reason I would avoid using a machine startup GPO.

Personally I like option (1) as it's controllable, has logging and you can schedule it. A TS is slightly more versatile than a package because you can add WMI conditions etc. and I just find it more user-friendly than package rules.

Mike
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by:prologic08
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What I am thinking is using Gabriel's script and making a task sequence for each folder to delete and running it monthly.
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by:prologic08
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Do you think it is ok to delete the ccmcache as well?
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by:Gabriel Clifton
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From what I know about ccmcache is that the ccm server should automatically clear the cache. If you manually clear the cache and the ccm server purposely left something there, it could cause issues.
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Gotcha. My assumption is that any files that are put there and are still being used are caused by the way I create the script. For instance, I was creating a script that dropped an icon on the desktop. I accidentally added the icon to the ccmcache instead of copying it to another location and when I deleted the folder in the ccmcache, the icon stopped showing.
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So I ultimately decided to go with a Task Sequence in SCCM. But..of course..I am having problems with it deleting in Windows 8.1. I have no issue in Windows 7.

I created 6 tasks to run a command line.

Task 1: Delete Prefetch Directories
CMD.exe /S /C rmdir "C:\Windows\PreFetch\ReadyBoot" /s/q

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Task 2: Delete Prefetch FIles
CMD.exe /S /C del "C:\Windows\PreFetch\*" /s/q

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Task 3: Delete Local Temp Files
CMD.exe /S /C for /f "delims=|" %f in ('dir /B /A:D-H-R c:\users') do del /s /q "C:\Users\%f\AppData\Local\Temp\*"

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Task 4: Delete Windows Temp Files
CMD.exe /S /C del "C:\Windows\temp\*" /s/q

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Task 5: Delete Temporary Internet Files - W7
CMD.exe /S /C for /f "delims=|" %f in ('dir /B /A:D-H-R c:\users') do del /s /q "C:\Users\%f\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\*"

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Task 6: Delete Temporary Internet Files - W8.1
CMD.exe /S /C for /f "delims=|" %f in ('dir /B /A:D-H-R c:\users') do del /s /q "C:\Users\%f\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\*"

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This deletes everything correctly in Win 7 but deletes nothing in Win 8. Would someone be able to modify the command lines to allow it to delete in both Win7 and Win 8? I assume I could have made this look cleaner and shorter.. There is no need to have multiple tasks, I just did it cause I didn't know any other way..

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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by:Mike T
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Hi,

I can understand you want to spring clean machines but it seems you've got over-zealous. In general, anything that is cache-based is best left alone. You've already found that with ccmcache. It also applies to prefretch. Do NOT clean them out. It's a complete urban myth from XP days. I expect W7, 8 and later are either the same or more efficient.

C:\Windows\PreFetch\ReadyBoot"   - leave alone
C:\Windows\PreFetch                         - leave alone

C:\Users\%f\AppData\Local\Temp\*    - ok
C:\Windows\temp\*"                               - ok              
C:\Users\%f\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\*     - better to fix that with a GPO

For a good article on pre-fetch, please see here:
http://www.edbott.com/weblog/2005/06/one-more-time-do-not-clean-out-your-prefetch-folder/
It's 2005 but as valid today as it ever was.

I don't have W8 to try testing the commands, so can't help on that. Do the commands work manually?

Mike
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