Windows 2008 R2 Server : Windows directory’s size growing a lot
I use Zabbix for monitoring some servers at work and I found that the free space on a Windows Server 2008 (only used as a Web server) was decreasing slowly for 3 months (almost 1Go a month). I’m still safe as I followed Microsoft guideline and had a system partition with 40Go.
At first I thought some colleague used it to store some temporary file or that some program was leaking too much log. But after some digging the main growing directory is Windows.
I looked on the Internet and found many links about the mighty directory Winsxs and no real solution. I also found that the space used by the directory is false in the explorer because hard links are not handled correctly.
After having laughed and cried a little, I found this link which allow you to regain a little space.