freeing up space on 2008 R2 server

I have a vm 2008 R2 server that is a DC. I have 40GB C drive, with only 2.35 GB of free space.
I have uninstalled any unnecessary programs and files.
Is their any other way to get more space back? I really don't want to increase volume size , if I don't have too.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
40 GB is not really enough space for any modern Server or Workstation operating system.

I suggest you run Disk Cleanup and select most of the options presented for deletion. You may need to install Disk Cleanup from Desktop Experience on your server.

When Disk Cleanup comes up, there is a button to clean up system files. Click on that and it will run again to present the items for cleanup.

Disk Cleanup is the Microsoft tool and is safe to use.

You might wish to make plans to add more disk space to your server.
jim3725Author Commented:
thanks, Is their anything else that can be cleaned up, ie(updates)
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded /hidesp
dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded

Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup   (run monthly as a scheduled task)
An in-depth cleanup but you can't uninstall and update after doing this
Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase

if you don't want to add the desktop experience (not supported) Server 2008R2
Copy C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_c9392808773cd7da\cleanmgr.exe  %systemroot%\System32
copy  C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_en-us_b9cb6194b257cc63\cleanmgr.exe.mui %systemroot%\System32\en-US 

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jim3725Author Commented:
Server 2008 R2 sp2, should I download and use desktop experience, so that I can cleanup winsxs folder?
it's 18.2 GB size
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Yes, you should get Desktop Experience so you can use Disk Cleanup.

Disk Cleanup for Server 2008 will not much reduce Winsxs (same issue in Windows 7). Winsxs is a necessary folder for Windows to operate.  Do not manually delete anything here.

Look in your own folders for temporary or other files you might delete.

Mostly however, you do not have enough disk space.
Yes, the KB you linked to adds the windowsupdate cleanup option to the cleanup wizard. That can reduce the space used by the winsxs folder quite a lot.

What you can do additionally is to delete the contents of the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Downloads folder, as that only contains downloaded windowsupdates which aren't needed anymore after they have been installed (besides, it is always possible to download them again if necessary).

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jim3725Author Commented:
Rindi, I am thinking that on folders within Dowloaad folder that are over 2 months old, that I could  delete those folders as an initial cleanup start. This is my dhcp dc server so I have to wait until all users are settled in, prior to installing or rebooting my dhcp dc server.
Do you mean the \SoftwareDistribution\Downloads folder? You can delete all the files in there immediately, unless of course there are still updates pending, as we've just had patch Tuesday. This doesn't have any influence on the server's function as a DHCP server.
DeadmanIT ConsultantCommented:
You can check with TreeSize application folder size used and delete wanted folder. it gives clear view of folder size. Then you can delete. Be sure before any folder that not affect your server.
jim3725Author Commented:
I have used treesize on other servers.
yes, \SoftwareDistribution\Downloads folder, I deleted folders prior to 2015, which gave me back 4gb space.
Not sure If I need to install desktop experience and but I will probably will, after I download for future cleanup.
You can get the cleanup wizard via the method ve3ofa expalined in his comment, or by adding the desktop experience. I would add that now, as it can reclaim quite a lot of space.
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