Remove WSUS on SBS 2008

I am so over dealing with WSUS disk space issues. I now have a server that has a WSUS directory that is over 100 gig. WSUS cleanup does nothing. I ran WSUSUtil and that did not do anything. I ran WSUSDebug rool and that crashes.

What do I need to do to remove WSUS and let the clients get their updates directly from MS
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
You could disable the Update Services service. You could also use the built-in wizard to move the WSUS data to another partition that has more room.

We monitor WSUS drive space and most of our client servers are sitting around 15GB-35GB depending on the number of desktop OSs, server OSs, and other Microsoft products installed.

Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Furthermore, see the following for a script that can be scheduled to clean things automatically:

JamesSenior Cloud Infrastructure EngineerCommented:
Remove through control panel, pretty straight-forward.
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
On SBS there are a number of intertwined services due to some common components.

Removing something may not be as simple and straightforward as we expect with the removal process ending up causing server stability problems on SBS.

JamesSenior Cloud Infrastructure EngineerCommented:
I considered this before I removed it myself. It will not cause any problems.
ajdratchAuthor Commented:
I just tried the wsuscleanup tool and got the same results as all the other tools - nothing.

I know I can remove it on the server but I want to make sure the clients are reconfigured so they don't try to get the updates from the server anymore

I am just baffeled that this product can actually get to over 100 gig to begin with. I am only getting  updates for a few products.
JamesSenior Cloud Infrastructure EngineerCommented:
But when you remove WSUS, you will also have to disable the GPO and this stop the client PCs from trying to download via WSUS.
ajdratchAuthor Commented:
What about uninstalling WSUS, deleting the WSUIS content directory and then reinstalling WSUIS?
DonNetwork AdministratorCommented:
100 gig usually indicates that you have more than 1 language enabled
DonNetwork AdministratorCommented:
You can change/verify in wsus options


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ajdratchAuthor Commented:
I am not sure how that happened but I checked and it is set for all languages. I know it wasn't that way a few months back.

OK, so I changed it back to just English and ran cleanup wizard and it didn't delete anything. I ran wusutil / removeinactiveapprovals and it is still over 100 gig

I then changed it to not store updates files locally and it still over 100 gig.

How do I get rid of all those updates and have them removed from the server?
DonNetwork AdministratorCommented:
ajdratchAuthor Commented:
WSUS Debug tool won't run on the server, it crashes.

I just checked again and WSUS is no down to 6 gig. Life is good again.

I think for all smaller networks, I am going let the clients download updates from the Internet
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
The benefit of having WSUS manage your updates is just that, you get to manage the updates.

Everything can be had from WSUS as far as the patch status on the network. An improperly patched network is open and vulnerable. Without WSUS there is no way to tell without a third party monitoring app that there are update problems, errors, or other issues.

We regression test all patches coming through. Everything from Microsoft gets tested _before_ those patches are allowed on our client's networks. It is a part of the service we offer and allows us to hold on to problematic patches such as .NET so that we can release them bit by bit or the workstations get all choked up.

We would never deploy a client network without WSUS. It is, IMNSHO, an integral part of providing our clients a stable and secure network.

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