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WSUS Database Growing

I have WSUS running through my environment. I have a downstream server in each one of my 19 locations. The databases there are growing at a great rate. There are several over 2.5 gig and some close to 3 gig already. I am not sure why they are getting so big
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Joseph DalyCommented:
What types of updates do you have WSUS set to download? If you are getting service packs the this is probably the reason.
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Joseph DalyCommented:
Sorry hit enter too soon.

If you are downloading service packs and updates for multipl operating systems i.e. win2k, winxp, vista, server 2003, echange all of these will take up space. When you figure that a SP can be 100mb or larger and some patches can be 1-4 mb each it makes sense to think that 3 gigs of space have been taken up.

I would check your settings and fine tune what types of updates are actually being downloaded to your catalog.
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support_avanteAuthor Commented:
these things get stored in the SQL database? That is what is big
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Joseph DalyCommented:
This is per microsoft regarding the WSUS database

The WSUS database stores the following types of information:
WSUS server configuration information
Metadata that describes what each update is useful for
Information about client computers, updates, and client interaction with updates

I just checked my WSUS db and it is clocking in at 2.4 GB as well.
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support_avanteAuthor Commented:
but doesnt that seem way too big?
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Joseph DalyCommented:
Well its working for us and we have the space so it doesnt really bother us too much. If your really concerned about the space and want to try to free some up you could try the reccomendations here. Although I go by an if it aint broke dont break it strategy.

http://www.wsuswiki.com/MowingTheGrass
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