Reducing WinSxS for Server 2012

As any recent Windows admin is sure to have noticed, the disk space requirements continue to grow for modern OS’s (meaning Vista/Server 2008 and beyond, not to be confused with Windows 8 “Modern OS”).  A big reason for this is the new WinSxS (C:\Windows\WinSxS) feature that make administrative tasks such as installing roles/features, rolling back updates, etc. much easier.

The good news is that the days of carrying a sleeve of media DVD’s or maintaining a share of extracted iso’s whenever you need to make an OS level change is gone..hurray! The tradeoff however is the requirement to store the binaries locally.

Here’s a great blog post on TechNet that goes into detail about WinSxS and options for reducing the local disk requirements for Server 2012:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2013/02/24/how-to-reduce-the-size-of-the-winsxs-directory-and-free-up-disk-space-on-windows-server-2012-using-features-on-demand.aspx

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2 thoughts on “Reducing WinSxS for Server 2012

  1. Nice write up, thanks.

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