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Export patches from 1 WSUS server/or manually download patches and import to another (disconnected) WSUS server?

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I have 2 WSUS servers on 2 different networks. WSUS Server A is connected to the internet and WSUS Server B is NOT.  WSUS Server B has not been able to download updates recently because of issues with the Upstream Server on that network (beyond our control). Instead of waiting for them to fix the issue on their end, we'd like to maintain patching on this network..

Is there a way I can manually export the data/patches from WSUS Server A and import it into Server B? Is it easy as exporting the database and importing it in? Or is it more complicated than that??
And if I can't do that, is there anyway I can manually download the patches themselves and somehow make it available to our disconnected WSUS server for deployment?

Server A is a Windows 2003 Server, WSUS 3.0 SP1
Server B is a Windows 2008 Server, WSUS 3.0 SP1

.. And is there issues if one is a 2003 server and the other is 2008??
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1- export metadata from source server
wsusutil.exe export export.cab export.log
on destination server:
wsusutil.exe import export.cab import.log

2- Copy Update Data
from source server, backup the WSUS content directory and export to content folder of the destination server

3-on destination server run the command
wsusutil.exe reset

for more information:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc720512(WS.10).aspx

Best Regards,
migo





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So looks like all you can do is export the db and import it to the other server? How practical is this? This would probably be fairly large considering it contains all the patches approved to date, correct?
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by:Karim-Said
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definitely yes
it is a pain, but this is the only way in disconneceted environment

my best option is to setup another WSUS on remote Subnet with Internet
Synch the primary one from MU
think the secondary from the primary

that save me all the hassle!
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