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Copying WSUS windows update directory!

Posted on 2006-10-25
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HI experts,
i have a query related to WSUS, few months back i installed wsus server in our headoffice, soon after that our management wanted me to configure wsus in all our remote branches which are connected by 128k-256kbps dsl connections to our HO, so i was wondering if there is any way where i can simply copy a directory which contains all the updates till date and paste it to newly configured wsus, instead of synchronizing and downloading all updates from the parent wsus which is at HO.
I need to know the directory name and procedure on how to go about copying the update directory.
Help appreciated.
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Thanks for the info but am afraid this wont migrate the downloaded updates that i have on my primary server or will it migrate the updates also??
I would want the updates to migrate from my primary to secondary servers.
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As long as you have a semi-high speed connection why care if you have to download the updates?  As long as you don't have to go through and re-approve all 1,128 updates.  Besides that it also migrates your configurations, computers, and groups?  Migrating and letting the thing re-download updates in the background will be trivial compared to installing and re-configuring a whole new server.

The readme for the previous link:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/a/6/9/a690d105-6458-49c0-b8c5-bd8d8a7d86d8/readme.htm
The WSUS Migration Tools can assist in migrating settings from one WSUS server to another. The tools can backup and restore the following settings:
Configuration – export and import all WSUS options.
Computers – this refers to the machines that exist in the database of the server that you are backing up.
Target Groups – easily set up same target groups on multiple servers.
Approvals – migrate update approvals.

It sounds like the updates are stored on the filesystem in the WSUSContent directory, but filenames are sha1 encrypted.  Maybe you can just copy and paste the content directory?  I don't know.  I have found a script to extract them, but I doubt it's what you need.
http://msmvps.com/blogs/athif/archive/2006/05/09/94107.aspx

This may be closer though (hopefully not a wild goose chase):
Import and Export: Copying Updates from File System
http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/library/cb321dee-5d0c-4591-8943-7369709929681033.mspx?mfr=true


In reality, you may want to actually be looking into WSUS replica synchronization as a better approach to this.  That way you aren't managing multiple instances individually.

Chain WSUS Servers Together:
http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/library/001d0ed9-6484-48db-b92d-d1c48dbb4efd1033.mspx?mfr=true

Create a Replica Group:
http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/library/001d0ed9-6484-48db-b92d-d1c48dbb4efd1033.mspx?mfr=true
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i will try copying the update directory (contentfolder) and examine whether or not all the updates show up. Will keep you guys updated.
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