Clearing up space in Server 2008

I have a Windows 2008 server running SQL 2008, I have less than 2 GB available on my c drive and need to clear some up.  I've noticed that my Windows folder is 36GB by itself and the Winsxs folder within the windows folder accounts for 12 of those GB.  That appears to be old Windows Update install files.  Can anyone recommend a way for me to regain some space?
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Mark GalvinManaging Director / Principal ConsultantCommented:
Hi

If you have the Desktop Experience feature installed then you can run the Disk Cleanup tool which will clear out as much of those files as is possible.

Don't delete anything manually.
Mark GalvinManaging Director / Principal ConsultantCommented:
Hi

If you have the Desktop Experience feature installed then you can run the Disk Cleanup tool which will clear out as much of those files as is possible.

Don't delete anything manually.
Thomas GrassiSystems AdministratorCommented:
Move the SQL databases off the C Drive to another drive if you have it.

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Mark GalvinManaging Director / Principal ConsultantCommented:
Sorry, I was using mobile app for last comment.

To setup Disk Cleanup so that it picks up old update installers - http://www.howtogeek.com/50259/add-disk-cleanup-in-server-2008/

I use Treesize Free to look at what is actually taking up the space.

As Thomas mentioned above, moving the SQL databases to another drive is something you could look at.
Ben HartCommented:
I've successfully removed files/folders from Winsxs manually a number of times.. however I only take the oldest items.. say everything older than 1 year.
Mark GalvinManaging Director / Principal ConsultantCommented:
You should never remove anything from WinSxS folder manually.  Things should only be removed when using the supported disk clean up utility.  If you remove anything manually, you risk destabilizing your system.
Ben HartCommented:
I do it and will continue to do it because there' s been no evidence of any systems becoming destabilized or anything akin to that.  YMMV. The data contained within Winsxs is updates, the worse thing I can see with removing those files and folder using any method is later on you cannot go back and uninstall them.  However I've never had to (but I know people that have).. at any rate as I said above I remove everything except the previous year.
bsjj2727Author Commented:
I have run disk cleanup but this does not removed old Windows update files, manually deleting files from the Winsxs folders makes me nervous
Dirk MareSystems Engineer (Acting IT Manager)Commented:
I agree with Mark install the Desktop experience feature and run disk clean up. I have done this successfully many times. Or you should consider moving apps or db to another drive.

What antivirus do you have installed?
Have you disabled any/all log files?

DirkMare
bsjj2727Author Commented:
All my databases are on a separate drive and I have installed and run disk clean up multiple times, was just looking to see if there were any other ways to clear space
Thomas GrassiSystems AdministratorCommented:
Try that program I suggested above will show you the information you are looking for

Do you have any system dumps , temp files etc
Dirk MareSystems Engineer (Acting IT Manager)Commented:
Is this not maybe a Virtual machine?
Adding more hard drive space would be easy.

The drive that windows is installed on is it Partitioned?
Then you can shrink the other partition and expand this Drive C:

Have you considered upgrading the hard drives?
You can replace one drive of your RAID array with a larger drive rebuild replace the other drive rebuild and the expand to reclaim new space. This is not recommended and you need to have a working backup and seeing you have the backup doing a system restore to the new RIAD array would be saver and faster then replacing RAID drives with larger capacities.

DirkMare
bsjj2727Author Commented:
Hi Dirk,
This is a virtual, since it's one disk partitoned into 2 partitions I can't extend the c even after shrinking the d drive. I know there are 3rd party utilities but they make me nervous.
Dirk MareSystems Engineer (Acting IT Manager)Commented:
Look at Andrew Accepted Solution here..

You can also use V2V migration and under advanced you can resize the disks. But its also mentioned their.


DirkMare

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