WSUS for low dis space

Posted on 2013-06-23
Last Modified: 2016-02-21
I have successfully moved the wsus content folder from my E drive to the D drive.Every thing is ok.But now can i delete the Content folder in E drive manually without any problem.

wsusutil.exe movecontent D:\WSUS-Updates\  Move.log
Question by:kastro Abbasi
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what did you mean when you say you moved the content, did you use registry or WSUS panel?
if you mean you want to move old updates to the same folder on the other drive you can see here:

hope this helps,


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You can try to re-run syschronization with Microsoft updates to verify the updates can be downloaded into the new wsuscontent properly.

Once that is verified old data can be safely deleted.


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by:kastro Abbasi
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Actually i used the command like this

wsusutil.exe movecontent D:\WSUS-Updates\  Move.log

before i was trying like this

wsusutil.exe movecontent D:\WSUS-Updates\ D:\Move.log     and it failed with permission error on move.log folder.

so i just removed the D:\  and commands executed successfully.

Now i am afraid is there any type of logs that are not coppied. I have checked the synchronization and its updated in newly created folder.No error found.
should i  delete the old folder of wsus content.
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Just rename the folderand wait a little time just to make sure.. or move it as is if you are afraid or no space left on server..

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As per this TechNet Article

This is the Syntax to move the update data and log files

wsusutil.exe movecontent D:\WSUS1\ D:\move.log

where D:\WSUS1 is the new path for local WSUS update storage, and D:\move.log is the path to the log file.

Note: Check whether any file got generated already with the file name move.log if yes either delete or rename the file and try again.

Please note that both paths are needed for (D:\WSUS1 update data) as well as (D:\ log files.)

Hope that helps :)
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Guys, the author is only asking if it's ok to delete the original WSUS folder after making the move. Answer is YES.

The WSuSutil only copies the content, so you manually need to delete after the utility is done.

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Yes, You can safely delete the OLD WSUS folder .
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I have no idea about the server config, it's always good to wait a while if possible...

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