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SEP11 GUP SharedUpdates Folder Location

Created: 25 Jan 2012 • Updated: 25 Jan 2012 | 4 comments
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I am making one of our servers a SEP11 GUP and the C drive (system drive) is low in space. Is it possible to move the location of the SharedUpdates folder to another drive? Registry change maybe? This folder gets very large when a system is prompted to a GUP. If this is not possible, is it safe to install the SEP11 client on a different drive that has more space?


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Mithun Sanghavi's picture


The machine that is designated as the GUP will create a directory if it doesn’t already exists at the following location:

C:\Program Files\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection\SharedUpdates

This SharedUpdates folder will cache all proxied files.


However, you can change some settings in the GUP policy as shown below:

Hope that helps!!

Mithun Sanghavi
Associate Security Architect


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dsmith1954's picture

We install SEP on a different drive than our System drive. Almost all of our servers have a C: and a D: drive. All applications get installed on the D: drive. So, SEP gets installed on the D: drive and GUP shared definitions get loaded/stored on the D: drive.

Ian_C.'s picture

dsmith1954 is correct.

As the SharedUpdates folder is a subfolder of your installation root, simply installing SEP to a different drive will help for the GUP updates.

Installing to D: won't help for the SEP client updates, as they always get downloaded to

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\VirusDefs 

The 'Common Files' is the important part here.

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