SBS 2008 WSUS content folder over 100 GB large, need to reduce

Posted on 2010-08-16
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
I have  a windows 2008 sbs installation which has wsus installed as per standard setup in sbs2008.
However the content database has grown to over 116GB of a 150GB partition.  
I have set only the bare minimum number of product updates required and have declined unrequired updates etc.  I have run the clean up wizard several times.
1.) Does any one know what i can do to reduce the size of the content directory.
2.) Can i delete the updates in the content directory and get the server to re download what is required, or will that cause issues with the WSUS database.
3.)  What is the best method to uninstall WSUS.

Any assistance would be much appreciated.
Question by:Hirenc
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by:Mike Thomas
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Use the WSUS clean up tool from the xonsole and reduce the ammount of updates your are syncing with microsoft.
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Done that allready, but no joy.
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by:Mike Thomas
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It would not just grow like that unless you had select lots of products to update, have you reviewed what you actually need?

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I have reverted to getting rid of all clasifications of updates apart from critical updates and that appears to have freed up 75 GB!  Now to find out what category of updates had become so large!!
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Make sure you are set to download only those OS updates and languages that you need.

No reason to download xp sp1, sp2, and sp3 in 27 languages EACH.... if you only have english, and everyone is on sp3

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