Server out of disk space

Posted on 2007-10-19
Last Modified: 2012-06-21

Due to some other problems this last month I sadly stopped paying attention to my SUS server and now I am out of disk space on it. I am so out of space that I can't even load the management console in order to delete downloaded updates.

I am still green in all the workings of SUS servers so I am curious to know what is going to happen if I start blowing out update folders from the update store?

If anyone has suggestions that would be great, otherwise I am just going to migrate this role to one of the newer machines I have with more space.

Question by:cgbent
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    I'm pretty sure that at least the pointers for the updates are stored in your SQL server. Deleting them wouldn't be advisable.

    If you are downloading superfluous updates in more languages than you need then I'd suggest rebuilding it and only downloading what you use. For example: You shouldn't be downloading x64 updates or updates in Arabic if you don't use those technologies or languages. That should cut down your disk usage.

    Microsoft also provides a diagnostic tool for WSUS that can delete all the updates you've marked as 'Declined.' Note that you would have to have done so already since you say you can't get to the management page. It's located here and is provided as is:
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    you can temporarily reduce the size of your page file to gain back some space, delete any temp files on the system, including the local uninstalls for hotfixes for the server. Assuming that gives you enough room to run the console use it to clean up the updates as opposed to just hacking out updates from SUS.

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    great suggesting, didn't know there was such a tool. I am going to try that right now and see if it is going to clean up the stuff I don't need*

    * note that I have a a very mixed environment here, I have NT 4 all the way through 2003 and lots of each including x64 clients and servers. (long story)


    another great suggestion with the page file, will also try that.

    Post findings shortly
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    Thank you both, wonderful suggestions and both have helped to resolve my problem.



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