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Deleting the SCCM content to release disk space ?

Posted on 2016-08-23
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Hi All,

I'm running SCCM 2012 R2 vNext,

So I need to reduce the disk space in the server, what else can I reduce or delete ?

Can I delete: D:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\cd.latest directory ?

THis directory contains very large files D:\SCCMContentLib\FileLib\4038
4038F124D09BA221528A5C94CA8ED85701E304016571AB0D5F65CEFDD1F119FC with the size of 20 GB+

how can I reduce it ?
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by:Sekar Chinnakannu
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by:Senior IT System Engineer
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Sekar,

So which one I can delete ?

What about the big files with random file name above ?
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Adam Leinss earned 250 total points (awarded by participants)
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Can you?  Yes.  Should you?  No.  See http://gerryhampsoncm.blogspot.com/2015/12/configuration-manager-1511-important.html

What you could do is move the source somewhere else and then do a symbolic link with mklink: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/16226/complete-guide-to-symbolic-links-symlinks-on-windows-or-linux/

The folder looks like it's on D: but it's really pointed somewhere else.  The program (SCCM) doesn't know the difference.  Microsoft does something something similar in user profiles, such as Documents and Settings is a symbolic link to the Documents folder in Vista and beyond.
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by:Mike T
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Hi,

You want to delete a file in D:\SCCMContentLib?

Go and lie down in a darkened room until the feeling has passed. When it has, return, and think about getting more disk space.
Never, ever, ever delete anything from contentlib unless you like having serious conversations with your boss about why ConfigMgr is broken.

Questions:
what else is installed on the machine?
What is the partition layout?
What disks do you have?
How many hard disk slots does the physical server have?
Is content lib ONLY on D: or is it spread out?

You need to answer all those questions and figure out how you many disks you want, what space you will need for the next x years, and then tell management the answers. ConfigMgr needs lots and lots of disk, and the faster the better. RAID 10 is normally recommended.
Separate spindles is also recommended. Depending on how many machines your environment supports will determine how much space you need and also how many apps and whether you do OSD or not. 500GB is modest, 1TB and above better.

Sticking with stingy OEM 36GB drives is the first thing to lose on a site server specc'ed machine.
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by:Mike T
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Adam's solution is the best I think; my input is intended to warn future readers to A) buy big disks B) prepare them before you start C) don't delete things willy-nilly unless you like saying the words "would you like fries with that".
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