WSUS download status

When I initially installed WSUS 3.0 SP1, I selected the OS patches and so on that was needed. When the 1st synchronisation occurred, for some reason 'drivers' and other such items were selected and as such, my WSUS server began downloading almost 45 gig worth of updates, drivers and so on.

I've since deselected drivers and other non-essential updates. Then I used the purge command, deleted all the drivers.

Now for some reason it has as its download status 4.5gig / 44.9gig downloaded. 1580 files still needed.

Does this mean it will download the entire 45 gig? If so, how can i reduce the 45 gig?
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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:

I would make sure the WSUSService is running and that the ContentSyncAgent is running.  Perhaps making sure the update is only downloaded after it has been approved may take it easy on your HDD.  WSUS does use a considerable amount of HDD space if updates are stored locally.  45GB does not sound that unreasonable.  Make sure you are selecting only the products and versions you currently have in use at the location.
alienvoiceAuthor Commented:
They have been disabled deliberately to stop it from downloading the updates. WSUS continues to update the computers within my network, it just cant download new updates for now.

Before I denied the 20,377 updates, the download status had the total download at 42.8 gig. Since i denied those 20k odd patches it has increased to 44.9 Gig.

I have tested the amount of room needed with a virtual server and it has the download status at around 12 gig with the same patches/critical updates selcted.

Any other ideas?
Rob WilliamsCommented:
Make sure the patches/updates, are only being downloaded in your one supported language and not all languages. Though WSUS does take up lot of room 45GB is very unusual. I find it is usually in the 10GB range but you can reduce that if necessary.
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alienvoiceAuthor Commented:
That's my problem Rob, I've used the command line Purgeall which has removed the files I've denied. But it did not reduce the size of the database so it still wishes to DL all 45 gig. I'm trying to find a way to reduce the database size.
Rob WilliamsCommented:
I am not familiar with "purgeall", but have you tried downloading the WSUS diagnostic tool and running:
WsusDebugTool.exe /Tool:PurgeUnneededFiles
Or in the WSUS console go to Options and run the "server clean up wizard"?

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alienvoiceAuthor Commented:
I ended up deleting the entire installation and re-installing it. Ended up in the 14 gig range. Thanks to both of you.
Rob WilliamsCommented:
That would fix it  :-)
Glad to hear you were able to resolve, and 14GB is much more reasonable, at least considering the way MS thinks.
Thanks alienvoice.
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