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On my WSUS server 2.0 we have around 7000 updates it says that are on the server.  How can I purge some of the old and declined ones to shrink the db.  The database is about 2 gigs.

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I'd recommend upgrading to WSUS 3.0.  It has the ability to do cleanup.  There isn't much you can do with 2.0.  I'd also suspect that there are not as many stale updates as you think.  2GB is actually not that big for WSUS contents.  You probably have 7000 entires, but only a portion of that has been downloaded.  I've seen several WSUS databases hit almost 20GB.
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You will find the 'Server Diagnostic Tool' link (wsus server debug tool) on this page:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/wsus/bb466192.aspx

At the command prompt (in the same folder) --> type WsusDebugTool.exe /Tool:PurgeUnnneededFiles

You might also want to ensure that English is your only langauge selected (if that suites your scenario).

Hope that helps,

Rob
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Any issues with upgrading to 3.0?
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Depends on your configuration.

http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/library/673902d4-17ee-4769-aaf4-da09524cb8221033.mspx?pf=true

I'll be doing the same soon (from 2 to 3). I've got MSDE on the same server so that type of scenario should be fairly straight forward.

Rob
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I've had no problems upgraded about ten servers at different companies to WSUS 3.0.  If you are used to 2.0, you'll be amazed at the improvements in 3.0.  Much more intuitive, faster, and easier to use.
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The command is actually:  WsusDebugTool.exe /Tool:PurgeUnneededFiles
Too many nnnn's


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