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I tried to move the WSUS database from the c drive to the e drive where there is more space on my SBS2008 server.  After that WSUS stopped updating workstation.  I tried to follow the directions in this http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd443475%28WS.10%29.aspx article to fix it and It can't get past the part where its says to run wsussetup from the DVD.  As near as I can tell the errors all indicate that it can't connect to the database so it can't UNINSTALL.  This is a true statement as there are no longer database files on the server anywhere.  I have run out of room on my c drive and need to put wsus on a different drive with more space.  Everytime I run wsussetup it tries to uninstall and I can't make it install.   WSUSSetup.log WSUSSetupmsi-111024-1149.log
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Did you use Management Studio to move the database?
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I believe I did, yes, however, now there is no database in existance after running the uninstall
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I believe you need to have that database to uninstall. I would double check the source and destinations where you were moving it and see if the mdf and ldf's remain.

WSUS includes a command line utility for moving the content easily.
The following describes the best way to move the database.

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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There are no wsus database files on the server now.  I want to be able to reinstall the database on the new drive.
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Use management studio to connect to the instance and recreate a blank database then complete your uninstall.

See the blog for instance name, database, etc...
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Thank you, that worked!
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Awesome! Happy to help.
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