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.
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.