Windows Server 2016 Phenomenon: What the hell is this?


  • Dear Gurus out there

    I've got a question regarding an interesting thing we spotted while getting our BackupChain ready for release to work with Windows Server 2016.

    what the hell are these file names down there?

    This is a plain new install. It appears Windows creates a new file each time the server reboots and the file names contain actually invalid Unicode characters.

    Any ideas what this is / could be?

    Thursday, October 20, 2016 8:02 PM

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  • Hi Runner,

    I checked on my Server 2016 and found the same files.

    But I'm afraid I could not find any related information about these strange files.

    Fortunately, it seems they are not affecting the OS. We could wait to see if there would be a KB regarding this phenomenon.

    Best Regards,


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    Friday, October 21, 2016 7:33 AM