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 64Bit - Creates Program Files Folder - Why?
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DBADave
Constraint Violating Yak Guru

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Posted - 08/30/2007 :  10:58:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We noticed SQL Server 2005 is creating \Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\DW on our largest drive for each 64-bit installation. Does anyone know what this is? It appears there is no Microsoft documentation regarding this installation and if we need to keep it. It may be .NET related, but I have no idea why it is needed.

Dave

spirit1
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Posted - 08/30/2007 :  11:02:52  Show Profile  Visit spirit1's Homepage  Reply with Quote
this folder contains Dw20.exe which is a process that reports product errors to MS.
orignialy used for office, it seems that this has been extended since i've seen it run after w3wp crash etc...



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DBADave
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Posted - 08/30/2007 :  11:09:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is it safe to assume I can delete this folder?
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spirit1
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Posted - 08/30/2007 :  11:11:57  Show Profile  Visit spirit1's Homepage  Reply with Quote
i wouldn't.

since you have no idea why it gets created and why it's used for by sql server.

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DBADave
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Posted - 08/30/2007 :  11:38:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It would be nice if Microsoft would document this information. I've had some discussions with them lately about how they apparently have a lot of non-public documentation on SQL 2005. A number of my recent support calls have been answered after days of research on their end where they find some burried internal document explaining why something functions the way it does in 2005. I don't believe it is right to charge people a support fee for information that is not public knowledge, but their argument is that if the problem is not a "bug" then they have the right to charge us. I think this position is potentially unethical in that they can intentionally withhold information from the public in hopes of receiving additional fees for phone support. Sorry for the vent.

Dave
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spirit1
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Posted - 08/30/2007 :  12:00:06  Show Profile  Visit spirit1's Homepage  Reply with Quote
i have to say i agree completly with your point.

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