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How to Prevent Configuration Manager From Installing Files on a Specific Drive

Updated: July 1, 2010

Applies To: System Center Configuration Manager 2007, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2

By default, the Configuration Manager 2007 site server role component installation files are installed on the first available NTFS formatted disk drive with the most available free disk space. However, some files are not installed in the default installation folder. For example, files are installed in the following folders:

  • The SMS_CCM folder (if the management point site system role is enabled on the computer)

  • The Inetpub\wwwroot\SMSComponent and Inetpub\wwwroot\SMSReporting_sitecode folders (if the reporting point role is enabled on the computer)

  • The %Windir%\System32 folder

Configuration Manager 2007 will not install site role component files on a drive that contains a file named no_sms_on_drive.sms. Instead, site role components will be installed on a different NTFS formatted disk drive that does not contain the no_sms_on_drive.sms file.

The no_sms_on_drive.sms file prevents site system role component installation, on a drive with this file present, for all site systems that are installed by site component manager. If site role installation files are already present on the drive before placing the no_sms_on_drive.sms file on the drive, the installation files are not moved.

ImportantImportant
Because branch distribution points are not installed by the site system role component manager, the no_sms_on_drive.sms file will not prevent Configuration Manager from installing files on a specific drive for the branch distribution point. Instead, specify your preferred drive by configuring the Use specific partition on the General tab of the ConfigMgr Distribution Point Properties.

To prevent Configuration Manager from installing files on a specific drive

  1. Create an empty file named no_sms_on_drive.sms.

  2. Place the no_sms_on_drive.sms file at the root folder of any drive that you want to prevent Configuration Manager 2007 from installing files on.

    noteNote
    You can create a no_sms_on_drive.sms file in the root folder of all drives except for drives that you have specified as server share site systems.

See Also

For additional information, see Configuration Manager 2007 Information and Support.
To contact the documentation team, email SMSdocs@microsoft.com.
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