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Nathan Truhan
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 10:16 am    Post subject: Crypto RSA Machine Keys Files Removal?
Archived from groups: microsoft>public>win2000>security (more info?)

All,

My Windows 2000 Server was currently running low on disk space and I wen't
searching for things to remove, like Temporary Internet Files. Well, I came
across the folder: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application
Data\Microsoft\Crypto\RSA\MachineKeys.

This folder has 345,046 files in it. It has a size 0f 22.3MB, BUT IT TAKES
1.31 GB of space on the drive. I looked on google's newsgroups for what this
was for, and I found 1 article with a way to clean up this directory with
deleting the files from a microsoft security newsgroup:
http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.platformsdk.security/browse_thread/thread/60213caec0eb5f01/4f6934d5607e7155?lnk=st&q=C%3A%5CDocuments+and+Settings%5CAll+Users%5CApplication+Data%5CMicrosoft%5CCrypto%5CRSA%5CMachineKeys+File&rnum=21&hl=en#4f6934d5607e7155

Is this safe to do? Is it possibe to remove some of the old keys that may
not be used anymore and is there a way to determine if they are being used.

Thank you,
Nathan
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