SBS 2011 - Free up some space on the 'C' drive

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SBS 2011 - Can I delete the contents of c:\windows\softwaredistibution\download to free up some space on the 'C' drive?

If this is possible without any negative consequences, what is the best way?

I've ran Disk Cleanup etc. but need to free up some more space.

I look forward to hearing from you
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Short answer, yes, you can, so long as you don't expect to uninstall the updates.

  Delete ths ones from the longest ti me ago and  sew if that is enough space for you
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Go to Disk Cleanup again and this time click on "Clean up System Files", OK, and let it run again (takes a while). See if this cleans up more space.  

Then clean up temp files and empty the recycle bin.

You can delete old files in Windows\Software Distribution\Downloads as well.

Again, empty recycle bin
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How large is the drive?  What's taking up the space?  Often (especially at this point in SBS's age), disk space issues are due to long ago mis-configurations.
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Ben & John - Thanks for prompt response - Comments noted

Lee - Thanks for your prompt response - Comments agreed. System was built with default 60Gb 'C' drive

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Thank you
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Way too little space for a server. You need to add space

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Hi John - Agreed, however server will be withdrawn from service in approximately 1 month's time - I just need to free up some space short term.
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Thanks for the update and good luck
Ben Personick (Previously QCubed)Lead SaaS Infrastructure Engineer

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Glad to help.

To add to John's comment about Recycle bin, you would have to empty it as each user.

 Instead you can just force delete it from admin cmd session, which cleans it for all users on that drive.

  of course, recycle bin is shared across disks, so files on other drives might bleed into the other space over time so I usually do this on all drives:


@For %A in ("Recycler" "Recycle.Bin" "$Recycler" "$Recycle.Bin") DO @( For /F "Tokens=*" %a in ('MountVol ^| Find ":/"') DO @( IF EXIST "%~a%~A" ( RD /Q /S "%~a%~A"&&MD "%~a%~A") ) )

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