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Move WSUS from server 2003 R2 to server 2008 Enterprise

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Hi There

I am busy planning a move of WSUS (Version: 3.2.7600.226)

I need to move from server 2003 R2 to Server 2008 Enterprise. (both 32bit)

I will be using the following method:-

http://www.itcomparison.com/blg/?p=17

please advise if there is anything else I should be doing/looking out for?

Thanks
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Nope, should be enough. The most important thing after that is update your domain policies pointing to the newest WSUS server.
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Additionally if you have used a SSL certificate for WSUS you have to create new one.
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my oher question is step 5:- point clients to new wsus server. I cant remember where to do this. Is it a registry edit on each client?

no SSL cert in use as far as I am aware. (Just taken over this server)
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oh and also step 3 -- server 2008 doesnt ue ntbackup. Will "copy and paste" or xcopy do the trick?

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step 5) run on one of your client machine RSoP.msc and go to

Computer Configuration -> Administative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Updates node and check which policy name is applied. Then edit it and go again to that node to adjust and correct entries for new WSUS server.

step 3) yes, there is no NTBACKUP, but you can use wbadmin instead of it
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thanks for your help. Hopefully will get this done today/tonight
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another question...how do i go about using wbadmin in this case. Do I use ntbackup on 2003 to backup the files an then wbadmin to restore. If so can you explain how?

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what about using this method to synchronise the update files instead of using backup and restore?
http://exchangeserverpro.com/how-to-move-wsus-30-to-a-new-server

Will it work just as well?

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Sorry for break. I went home :)

OK, you're right that NT Backup from 2003 won't work on 2008 and it is not possible to use wbadmin on Server 2003.

I would suggest to replace it by some completely free and easy in use backup software. I mean a Cobian Backup software
http://www.educ.umu.se/~cobian/cobianbackup.htm

Then you can proceed with your article or way I describe below :)

That article you sent me about WSUS upstream server, I would be cautious because you will build a WSUS hierarchy. Upstream/Downstream/Replica server all of them builds a hierarchy, so I don't know what would happen when you delete the old server.

I have another solution, which I tested many times but... in my test environment (always Windows Server 2003 with NT Backup :]). I've never got a real WSUS server failure but tests always done successfully. Maybe you want to try? :)

I found some time ago a Microsoft article how to backup WSUS server (IIS, database) of course on Server 2003 with NT Backup. You would replace it, using Cobian Backup (mentioned above) and try to do that. After that, do not erase your old WSUS server only modify GPO policy, to point to the new server for tests. Check if everything works fine, then clear old WSUS server.

Backing Up Windows Server Update Services -> http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc708546%28WS.10%29.aspx
Backing up WSUS data -> http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb418926.aspx

I hope everything will work fine! I looking forward any news :)
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I followed the article in my original post and it worked beautifully

Thanks again
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You're welcome :)
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