sbs2008 change c:\windows\temp location

Hi Experts,

I need to change the location of the windows temp files on a sbs2008 server.  I know how to do this but was wondering if there are any un for seen issues changing this location.  It will basically be on a different partition.

WIth out going into too much detail I have Symantec Mail Security which writes to this directory to process spam filtering, updates, rules, etc.  in doing all this writing to disk it affects our incremental backups to data center and i need to not have this included in the backup.  Unfortunately the c:\windows\temp directory is hard coded into the symantec product (so they tell me) and can not be altered.  I am hoping changing the enviroment variables will fix this and force symantec to look at the new temp location.

Thanks in advance.
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Dirk MareSystems Engineer (Acting IT Manager)Commented:
Changing your temp folder location under environment variables will not cause any problems in some cases its preferred moving the temp files and folders to another drive to increase performance and stability especially where Exchange Server is involved.

To move the TEMP or TMP folders
Log on to the computer that is running Exchange Server with an account that has administrative rights.
Right-click My Computer, and then select Properties.
Select the Advanced tab.
Click Environment Variables.
In the System variables area, select TEMP and then click Edit.
In the Variable value field, enter the new path for the TEMP environment variable and then click OK.
In the System variables area, select TMP and then click Edit.
In the Variable value field, enter the new path for the TMP environment variable and then click OK.
Click OK to close the Environment Variables dialog box and then click OK to close the System Properties dialog box.
Reboot the server to apply all the changes.

Also you must give the Authenticated Users account the appropriate permissions to the new path for the TMP and TEMP folders.

To assign the Authenticated Users group permissions to the TMP or TEMP folders
Start Windows Explorer, locate and then right-click the folder that the TEMP variable or the TMP variable points to, and then click Properties.
In the Temp Properties dialog box, click the Security tab, and then click Add.
In the Select Users, Computers, or Groups dialog box, add the Authenticated Users group to the object names list and click OK.
Click Advanced to access advanced security settings.
Select Authenticated Users in the Name list and then click Edit to display the Permission Entry dialog box.
Use the fields in the Permissions area to allow the following special permissions:
Traverse Folder / Execute File
Create Files / Write Data
Create Folders / Append Data
Click OK three times to apply the permissions and exit.


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rick81Author Commented:
thank you, cant ask for a better response than that.
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