2008 SBS running out of disk space...

gromack used Ask the Experts™
Got a 2008 SBS (yeah, I know...), that C Drive is just about full. according to Tree Size, it’s mostly sharepoint stuff (as shown in attached pic) & users aren’t even using any sharepoint services. didn’t know if I could just delete files, have to do it from a command line or anything like that, or will I need to disable any services?
(posting this from phone, will need to add pic when I get to laptop)
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In general, do the following:
  • open computer, right-click the C drive, properties, disk cleanup.
  • go to c:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download and delete everything in it

you can also use third parties software like CCleaner, Glary disk cleaners and others.
other than that, you need to add extra hard drives to increase the space if the above instruction did not free up alot.
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software Engineer
Anything you do without adding more disk is a stopgap, and disk is so cheap that there is no reason to not add more; but in the interim you can try some cleanup to tide you over until you can get new disks in.

First order a bigger drive, or drives.  There will be too much temptation after cleaning up the system to say "That's good enough, let's not spend money we don't have to" and put the problem off until "later," at which time it will be much harder to fix.

a) Look at the restore point allocation on the drive.  Typically 10% of the drive is reserved for restore points.  If you have a 1 TB drive or bigger, reduce that to half or less.  This will get you back 50 GB if the restore points are full.

b) Run chkdsk or the Server equivalent to see if the disk structure is sound.  If not, clean up the disk structure.  Lost files can gobble up disk space slowly and silently.

c) I differ with the previous comment regarding the Update journaled distribution files.  Don't dump those files except as the very last resort.  If you ever have to back out an Update it will be very difficult without those files.  "The probability is low" is not the same as "The probability is zero."

d) If you're storing user directories on the C: partition, get them off and onto a separate drive.  (1) This is good practice, (2) it reduces disk contention, (3) it can be a big win in terms of freeing up space.

e) One of the senior experts will surely be along shortly to discuss recovering space from the Sharepoint issue.  Listen to what they have to say.

f) I also strongly differ with the previous comment regarding CCleaner.  In the hands of an expert it can be a useful tool, but when used by someone who is not an expert too often it creates irreparable damage.  I would never use it on a server.

g) Look for application logs and rotate or truncate them.  Some logs will grow indefinitely and must be periodically pruned either manually or via scheduled tasks.  If you let us know what packages you're running we can advise what to look for.

Before deleting anything, come back to us and ask what we think of deleting X.  And don't do anything at all without first making a full backup, so that if the sky falls you can prop it back up.
John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems Engineer

At the very first take a complete image of the server..(better 2...you never know)
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Firstly, I know you've probably heard it a ton of time but SBS2008 isn't supported as from January 2020, you need to replace this < This is your best solution moving forward.

Secondly, as you've identified that the issue is with the Sharepoint Database taking up space, you can either:

1) Move the Sharepoint Data to another Drive with more space.  You can do this via the move data wizard in the SBS Console.

2) You can shrink the Sharepoint database and files via the SQL Management Studio (This is your best option if you don't have space on any other drives).  Instructions on how to do this are below:

3) If you're certain that you're not using the Sharepoint Database then you can you stop the services and delete the databases.  You would be best of taking a copy of the Databases first just to cover yourself.

Make sure that you have a reliable backup.


Sam Simon Nasser - deleted contents of that folder, freed up about 500 MB, but no option for disk cleanup. BTW, these are two 500 GB drives in a RAID 1

Dr. Klahn - believe me, I've been trying to get them to replace the whole damn server for a few years, but home office is in the Philippines & they're tight fisted. Most upgrades have come when stuff breaks. Ran CC Cleaner, only letting it delete basic stuff & freed up about 5.5 GB. Deleted contents of that folder before seeing your response, but as a general rule, I've been cautious on the updates, as SBS has burned me too many times!
Sam Simon NasserIT Support Professional

@gromack, how many staff do you have? 500G is considered small these days, especially if the staff save everything. instruct them to save only work files on the server, (no personal files, images, mp3 and so on)


there’s only 2 or 3 people now, had 6 at one time. they’ve agreed to replace HDs with 1 or 2 TB models, so I should be good.
Sam Simon NasserIT Support Professional

great news


Thanks guys, I was able to free up enough space till they can cut loose with some upgrade money!

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