Why Restore WSUS

Plenty of info on restoring WSUS on SBS 2003 Premium R2 SP2 however I am restoring a server which was experiencing software related difficulties until it finally crashed and I am trying to limit the amount of old software and data that I am bringing back in during the restore.  Can anyone explain to me why I should bring back the old WSUS databases rather than just reinstalling WSUS and starting over with a clean slate?  Would it not consider the client connections to be new?  Wouldn't the reinstall overwrite the existing registery keys and data directories?
RCC_AdminAsked:
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mail2prabirConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi

bringing back old WSUS database with the downloaded updates would

1.  save you time you would otherwise require to synchronize your WSUS using intenet
2. detecting client and their update status which has associated network traffic
 

in case your WSUS was working fine with clients updating and reporting without problem, i would suggest you restore WSUS. however, you can go for fresh install, if:

1.  you have a high speed internet connection
2.  you have a high speed LAN
3.  the number of clients are not very high

i normally restore my WSUS whenever i replace my server hardware with a better one

revert back in case you have further queries on the subject
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RCC_AdminAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your advice and I opologize for not responding quicker.  This system has kept me busy.  It appears that the system state is so far gone that a complete rebuild is going to be necessary.  The size of the network is relatively small and the internet speeds are good to excellent so at this point, considering all the other issues, syncronizing WSUS is the least of my worries.  Thank you again.
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