Removing primary WSUS server from site

Posted on 2006-11-20
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
Looking before I leap - I have WSUS installed on one of my servers. This worked fantastic untill this server ran out of drive space. The Server ran Win2K server SP4 in a mixed 2K/2K3 AD domain.
I then installed WSUS onto a second server, this is set to synchronise from the primary server.
This also worked perfectly. (This server runs Win2K3 server standard with SP1 and 80GB free for WSUS.)

I noticed that my second WSUS server does NOT have an option to synch from Microsoft, ONLY from my primary WSUS server.
I need to remove WSUS from this server along with all it's updates.

Can I just plainly un-install WSUS from the primary server, and will the second server's WSUS start synchronising from the Microsoft Update site??

I don't want to bugger it up and have to re-download the nearly 10GB of updates as bandwidth costs are quite high.


Question by:MorComm
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Expert Comment

ID: 17999277
You should be able to make the 2nd server a primary without taking down server 1, being a primary server will allow it to connect to Window update site, however:

1. I would suggest taking a backup of the data before doing anything
2. It is always best to try this type of change in a test environment first, I find VirtualPC is the easiest way to do this (now availble for free!)
3. have you considered how you are going to redirect all clients to retrieve updates from the 2nd server?

Author Comment

ID: 17999299
Hi Richard,

All clients will get re-directed using GPO. Currently the entire environment is configured through AD, and this is how I'll make the change.

The issue I have is how to switch the new WSUS server to primary. There doesn't appear to be any option to do this in the console? Or will this happen by default once the original primary server is shut down?



Expert Comment

ID: 18000003
it's been a while since i last done this, is it not an option during installation?
If so, backup the 10gb of data file, reinstall selecting "Primary server", then restore the data files (instead of downloading again)

hope this helps
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Author Comment

ID: 18000749
Hi Richard,

Looks like I will need to do a re-install.
With regards to the WSUS updates backup, do I just copy the updates away then back into the store directory, or do I need the MSDE database as well?

I removed the primary server, the second WSUS server didn't revert to primary.
I've got the re-install scheduled for 9:30pm tomorrow NZ time



Accepted Solution

richard_diver earned 250 total points
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Author Comment

ID: 18004428
Thanks Richard, I will do a backup today, and the rebuild tonight.
Thanks for your help :-)



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