Sunday, October 24, 2010

Redirect G DATA antivirus update, log and quarantine folders and save disk space on the system volume

The freshly installed G DATA antivirus management server takes care about internet based update of virus signatures and program files for client and server.

By default the update folders are residing in the “Documents and Settings”/”All Users” path usually on the system disk. The G DATA management server downloads and keeps numerous (I cannot say how much, but definitely over 5-6) pre-downloaded versions of modules. This way you may face the problem of free disk space: the downloads on my server are in sum over 2 GB!

Fortunately, there’s a setting you can change manually to redirect update (and some other destination folders) to another disk to keep system disk free of the waste.

  1. stop the service “G DATA ManagementServer”.
  2. go to %Programs%\G DATA\G DATA AntiVirus ManagementServer folder.
  3. edit gdmms.exe.config file, UpdateDistributionFolder entry:
  4. <setting name="UpdateDistributionFolder" serializeAs="String">
        <value>D:\Software\GData\AntiVirus ManagementServer\Updates</value>
  5. if required, edit also the entries LogFileFolder and QuarantineFolder:
    <setting name="LogFileFolder" serializeAs="String">
        <value>D:\Software\GData\AntiVirus ManagementServer\Log</value>
    <setting name="QuarantineFolder" serializeAs="String">
        <value>D:\Software\GData\AntiVirus ManagementServer\Quarantine</value>
  6. save gdmms.exe.config.
  7. edit IUpdateCfg.xml file, entry BasePath:
    <BasePath>D:\Software\GData\AntiVirus ManagementServer\Updates</BasePath>
  8. start “G DATA ManagementServer”.
  9. try internet update and check for destination folders.
  10. …enjoy!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I did it also and it worked.
My new folder for the Updates is:
D:\Programs\G DATA\G DATA Antivirus ManagementServer\Updates.
It saved me 2 GB on C:\ .