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My SBS2008 Server Cleanup wizard within WSUS gets stuck at deleted unused items and the process has to be terminated using task manager. Please advise.
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Have you tried selecting one item at a time ?
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I have tried both your solutions. While I can clean all other items it gets stuck on 'unused items'. I downloaded the tool and got this message in the history log upon running:

3/15/2011 5:27:41 PM
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Could Not Connect to the WSUS server!

The commands I tried in run are:
WSUS_Cleanup_CL.exe 'SBS Server Name f 80 all       &
WSUS_Cleanup_CL.exe 'SBS Server Name t 8530 all
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Thanks for this. Do you know where to find and how to run the 'WsusDBMaintenance SQL script'?
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I copied the scrtipt to a script fiile,saved it with the name and ran it a few times until there were no records updated. Still no luck. Cleanup wizard hangs on unused updates
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The wsus Cleanup finally managed to run through for the unused items after leaving to run overnight and got rid of thousands. However my WSUSContent folder hasn't shrunk at all. It is exactly the same size as before the cleanup (mpre than 25GB). PLease help
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25GB isnt that big at all, in fact thats probably better than average.

If you're having space issues you can move the database and content to another drive/partition.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2009/09/23/how-to-move-wsus-content-and-database-files-to-a-different-partition.aspx
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I had earmarked a 30GB partition for this and moved the folders to that when I setup the server. Now I am running out of space on this dedicated partition and would really like to be able lto shrink this instead of it growing endlessly. I am not sure why i did not recover any space although 1000s of updates were deleted?
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If these 1000's of updates were never approved WSUS would not have downloaded them anyway. WSUS does not download any updates until they are approved. What got deleted was the information in the database for these files.

30GB is not enough space for WSUS to work with even though it stated that this is a minimum requirement.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc708483(WS.10).aspx

Ours is at 38GB right now
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My server has less than 20 clients and thus space requirement of 20Gb as the per your link, i thought should be sufficient. Is there really no way to shrink WSUS? I have never seen it shrink . It only seems to grow.
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I have just run the wizard again and report tells me that '17661 MB freed after deleting unused  content files' and I have actually reclaimed all that real estate on the drive. I wonder why it takes more than one go to free the space up. Thanks for your help anyways.
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The number of clients is misleading. It's the number of products and classifications that you have approved. It's also the number of languages.

Do you have "Download express installation files" unchecked ?  these are larger files as well
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It was straightforward once the wizard was let to finish once and then run again
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