Redirecting Updates and the Software Distribution Folder using Junction to another hard drive

Scenario You have a server with an 8 GB system partition and it keeps filling up. The software distribution folder used by windows updates is a major source of bloat and Microsoft support has said there is nothing you can do to move this folder from the C drive. Solution Using the Microsoft Junction Tool found on the Systernals site create a symbolic link to another hard drive or partition. I will use the terms symbolic link and junction interchangeably in this post. Process Stopping the Windows Update Service and renaming the folder Start>Run type cmd and press enter type … Continue reading Redirecting Updates and the Software Distribution Folder using Junction to another hard drive

Hyper-V and Symbolic Links

 Hyper-V Meta data is stored in the following folder: %SYSTEMDRIVE%\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Hyper-V\Virtual Machines\ If you open the directory you will see Symlinks to your virtual machine files. If ever the Hyper-V console loses track of your Virtual Machine data you might be able to tell Hyper_V where to look by reinserting the metadata. The following syntax must be run from the command prompt in the system32 folder. mklink “%SYSTEMDRIVE%\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Hyper-V\Virtual Machines\GUIDMachineFile.xml” “c:\ClusterStorage\Volume1\VirtualMachineName\Virtual MachinesGUIDMachineFile.xml” Example mklink “%SYSTEMDRIVE%\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Hyper-V\Virtual Machines\4DD127D2-8F04-4B39-85A9-EA679487A9BF.xml” “c:\ClusterStorage\Volume1\JeffVM\Virtual Machines\4DD127D2-8F04-4B39-85A9-EA679487A9BF.xml”  Background Symbolic link From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Not to be confused with SYmbolic LinK (SYLK), a Microsoft Office file … Continue reading Hyper-V and Symbolic Links