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Remove zip files from endpoint protection manager

Created: 01 Sep 2011 • Updated: 10 Nov 2011 | 3 comments
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I have a large number of zip files within the symantec\symantec endpoint protection manager\* folders (approx 1.5GB)

 The files are mostly or

Is it ok to remove these are are they needed? Would be nice to clear some space

 Many thanks

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MaRRuT@CC's picture

If you dont want to have a big network traffic issued by SEPM you should leave them alone...

These Files are needed to create .dax files (xdeltas) for updates. If your SEP Clients are getting an SEP Client Update (f.e. Vdefs, engine, content updates) the SEPM is creating unique xdelta packages (very small) to keep the update packages small. If those files are not available the SEPM has to push the full new content package of the network (big). For Example. An SEP12.1 Package can be more than 200mb for deployment (for 1 client) If you are doing an migration from 11.0.6 MP3/11.0.7 the xdelta upgrade is only 50+ mb big.

Its the same idea behind this as with incremental backups.

Backup: You only backup what is new/changed
SEPM: Only updating what is new/changed

SEP Client Version Upgrade:
Full Package: 180mb
xdelta package: 3-6mb

Mithun Sanghavi's picture


The .zip files you are pointing to are basically definitions. So, please do not delete them.

In case if the machine is going low on Disk space, I would recommend you to check this article:

Low Disk Space issues encountered on systems running either the Symantec Endpoint Protection client or the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager

Hope this helps you!!!

Mithun Sanghavi
Associate Security Architect


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Rafeeq's picture

1.5 GB is common as the manager \ folder contens 

sem5.db the database for SEPM. which contains all the client logs

if u want to clear some space , u can open the inetpub folder and delete the contents inside the numbered folder, this is where the defs are stored, these willl be swipped out during maintenaince

however if u r running very low disk space. U can delete the contents inside the numbered folder.