WSUS Backup

I have windows 2003 standard server I want to take WSUS Backup.

Please provide me steps for take WSUS Backup.....
techgyanAsked:
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Swamish NaikExpertCommented:
To back up the update file storage folder 1.
On your WSUS server, click Start, and then click Run.

2.
In the Open box, type %systemdrive%\%windir%\system32\ntbackup.exe and then click OK.

3.
In the Backup or Restore Wizard, click Next.

4.
Verify that Back up files and settings is selected, and then click Next.

5.
Click Let me choose what to back up, and then click Next.

6.
Select the WSUSContent folder (under %systemdrive%\WSUS\), and then click Next.

7.
Use the Browse button to choose a place to save your backup, type a name for the backup, and then click Next.

8.
If you want to set additional specifications for your backup, including whether it will be an incremental backup, whether you want to verify the backup, set a recurring schedule for the backup, or other options, click Advanced, and then follow the instructions in the wizard.

9.
When the wizard is finished, click Finish.

10.
When the message appears that informs you that the backup is complete, click Close.

To back up the WSUS database 1.
On your WSUS server, click Start, and then click Run.

2.
In the Open box, type %systemdrive%\%windir%\system32\ntbackup.exe and then click OK.

3.
In the Backup or Restore Wizard, click Next.

4.
Verify that Back up files and settings is selected, and then click Next.

5.
Click Let me choose what to back up, and then click Next.

6.
Under %systemdrive%\WSUS\MSSQL$WSUS\, select the Data and LOG folders, and then click Next.

7.
Use the Browse button to choose a place to save your backup, type a name for the backup, and then click Next.

8.
If you want to set additional specifications for your backup, including whether it will be an incremental backup, whether you want to verify the backup, set a recurring schedule for the backup, or other options, click Advanced, and then follow the prompts that appear in the wizard.

9.
When the wizard is finished, click Finish.

10.
When the message appears that informs you that the backup is complete, click Close.

for more detail check this link http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc708546(v=ws.10).aspx
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Maen Abu-TabanjehNetwork Administrator, Network ConsultantCommented:
To back up the update file storage folder
On your WSUS server, click Start, and then click Run.

In the Open box, type %systemdrive%\%windir%\system32\ntbackup.exe and then click OK.

In the Backup or Restore Wizard, click Next.

Verify that Back up files and settings is selected, and then click Next.

Click Let me choose what to back up, and then click Next.

Select the WSUSContent folder (under %systemdrive%\WSUS\), and then click Next.

Use the Browse button to choose a place to save your backup, type a name for the backup, and then click Next.

If you want to set additional specifications for your backup, including whether it will be an incremental backup, whether you want to verify the backup, set a recurring schedule for the backup, or other options, click Advanced, and then follow the instructions in the wizard.

When the wizard is finished, click Finish.

When the message appears that informs you that the backup is complete, click Close.

To back up the WSUS database
On your WSUS server, click Start, and then click Run.

In the Open box, type %systemdrive%\%windir%\system32\ntbackup.exe and then click OK.

In the Backup or Restore Wizard, click Next.

Verify that Back up files and settings is selected, and then click Next.

Click Let me choose what to back up, and then click Next.

Under %systemdrive%\WSUS\MSSQL$WSUS\, select the Data and LOG folders, and then click Next.

Use the Browse button to choose a place to save your backup, type a name for the backup, and then click Next.

If you want to set additional specifications for your backup, including whether it will be an incremental backup, whether you want to verify the backup, set a recurring schedule for the backup, or other options, click Advanced, and then follow the prompts that appear in the wizard.

When the wizard is finished, click Finish.

When the message appears that informs you that the backup is complete, click Close.

To restore the update file storage folder
On your WSUS server, click Start, and then click Run.

In the Open box, type %systemdrive%\%windir%\system32\ntbackup.exe and then click OK.

In the Backup or Restore Wizard, click Next.

Click Restore files and settings, and then click Next.

In the What to restore dialog box, under Items to restore, expand the file that contains the WSUSContent folder (under %systemdrive%\WSUS\), and then click Next.

Alternatively, you can select a subset of the %systemdrive%\WSUS\WSUSContent folder to restore. Within the %systemdrive%\WSUS\WSUSContent folder, you can restore one, all, or a combination of its subfolders and files.

If you want to set additional specifications for your restore, including whether you want to restore the files or folders to a different location, replace existing files, restore security settings, or specify other options, click Advanced, and then follow the instructions in the wizard.

When the wizard is finished, click Finish.

When the message appears that informs you that restoring is complete, click Close.

To restore the WSUS database
On your WSUS server, click Start, and then click Run.

In the Open box, type %systemdrive%\%windir%\system32\ntbackup.exe and then click OK.

In the Backup or Restore Wizard, click Next.

Click Restore files and settings, and then click Next.

In the What to restore dialog box, under Items to restore, expand the file that contains the Data and LOG folders (under %systemdrive%\WSUS\MSQL$WSUS), and then click Next.

Alternatively, you can select a subset of the %systemdrive%\WSUS\MSQL$WSUS\Data or %systemdrive%\WSUS\MSQL$WSUS\LOG folders to restore. Within the %systemdrive%\WSUS\MSQL$WSUS\Data and %systemdrive%\WSUS\MSQL$WSUS\LOG folders, you can restore one, all, or a combination of their subfolders and files.

If you want to set additional specifications for your restore, including whether you want to restore the files or folders to a different location, replace existing files, restore security settings, or specify other options, click Advanced, and then follow the instructions in the wizard.

When the wizard is finished, click Finish.

When the message appears that informs you that restoring is complete, click Close.

After restoring the WSUS database you will recycle the WSUS Application Pool in IIS, as described in the remaining steps. This will ensure that the restored database will sync up correctly with IIS, through which you can manage the Web site where WSUS is installed. For more information about application pools, see IIS Help. For more information about how WSUS is installed, refer to Deploying Microsoft Windows Server Update Services.

Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.

In the tree, expand [WSUSServerName], and then expand Application Pools.

Right-click WSUSpool, and then click Recycle.

Close IIS Manager.
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techgyanAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your valuable reply, I will check it and revert back to u?
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Mohamed KhairyEnterprise Solutions ArchitectCommented:
Hi techgyan,

As explained on the link http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc708546(v=ws.10).aspx  provided on nikeswamish's comment, backing up WSUS involves backing up the following:

1- The WSUS database, which contains all the history and Information about client computers, updates, and client interaction with updates.

2- Storage Folder where the update files are stored.

Now let me explain something before you decide which backup you should go with it:

Backing Up the WSUS database is a simple task and backup up updates is really no point as you would simply redownload them again if you have to rebuild your WSUS server but let me know if that depends on whether you care about the history, configuration and the current status of the computers in the database or not?

Because If you just have a very simple setup and configuration where you are approving all updates and you do not really care about the history of any of the computers, so there is no need to backup the database or the updates as It would probably take less time to just rebuild the service from scratch (depending on how fast your network connection is to Microsoft in order to download the updates again) than restore from backup then all of your existing computers will just check in with the new installed WSUS once it is up and running and report back thier current status and installed updates.

But if you are care about the history, configuration and the current status of the computers in the database so you have to backup the WSUS database only so that you do not have to write down (or remember) what updates to auto approve or decline and then redownload the updates again.

Note: Try to do risk analysis for any service, If you have data that would be costly (time or money) or impossible to re-create from scratch, you should back it up. Otherwise, don't bother.

Regards,
MKhairy



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infoplateformCommented:
So Simple and Easy


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Hope it Solves


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abolinhasCommented:
you use internal database or sql database ?
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Maen Abu-TabanjehNetwork Administrator, Network ConsultantCommented:
well fine to hear that problem solved ...
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