WINS log files filling drive

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Mike Downey, Apr 4, 2006.

  1. Mike Downey

    Mike Downey Guest

    Yesterday and today, I've had a problem with log files in the C:\WINNT\WINS
    folder filling up the C: drive on my Windows 2000 system. I don't know if
    this is the cause, but yesterday morning, I used Add/Remove Programs to add
    File Services for Macintosh. The C: drive filled up yesterday afternoon
    and I was able to clear off about 2GB of temp files and we were running
    again. Today, I connected and the drive was just about full again. I
    started Task Manager and noticed that WINS.EXE was using about 40% of the
    processor. I checked the WINS folder and it had 2.5GB of data in it.

    Following KB302079, I stopped WINS (net stop wins) and moved all the files
    in the WINS folder to a WINS.OLD folder on another drive. When I started
    WINS again (net start wins), it immediately started creating 1MB log files.
    In the first minute, it created 15 files.

    For now, I've just stopped the WINS service. I'm not sure if that will
    cause any problems or not. What can I do to stop my system from being
    overrun by WINS log files? Did it have anything to do with installing the
    File Services for Macintosh? Maybe something happened during the network
    reconfiguration that Add/Remove Programs goes through when adding or
    removing network services?

    Mike Downey, Apr 4, 2006
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