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wsus changed harddrive need advice

Posted on 2013-06-27
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hi, (done below tasks and need last bit of advice as not sure)!

note: i backed up - 'system state & wsus' only on a temporary external harddrive

ive now successfully copied my wsus from d:\ to h:\.

question 1.  before i proceed i have some concerns described below: ?

old wsus drive:

d:\ drive - it shows as (normal) the below:

wsus
- updateservicesdbfiles - located inside are 2 files as shown:

susdb.mdf - cannot manually delete
susdb_logldf - cannot manually delete

- updateservicespackages - this folder seen but no files inside - ?

- wsuscontent - shows numerous folders/files that have downloaded

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new h:\ drive

when i compare h: drive to d: drive it not identical ?

wsus
- updateservicespackages - no files inside compared to above
- updateservicespackage - this folder is not there at all as above - ?
- wsuscontent - appears to show all files copied as expected

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possible last tasks!

question 2.

if the above is ok i have 2 ideas below of what to do but not sure and if i uninstall i know there can be problems as when i tick those 3 boxes by default to remove wsus totally, this does not happen, so i do not want to go ahead unless im totally correct. ?

possible task 1

reformat d:\ and increase harddrive size
copy h:\ drive back to d:\

possible task 2

uninstall wsus 3.0, but dont tick to remove the uninstall wsus files that are prompted
reformat d:\ and increase harddrive size
copy h:\ drive back to d:\
re-install wsus 3.0
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One there is an entire process for properly moving the files, which includes updating the database. Have you reviewed this:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2009/09/23/how-to-move-wsus-content-and-database-files-to-a-different-partition.aspx

I am not sure how it tracks the data. I have preformed a full restore back to an original drive after I accidentally screwed up the database. All my settings came back, but all of the update files still downloaded again. It also does not look like you made any changes to the database in what you have done.
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Or, if you prefer to do all command line, here is another way to move it.

http://blog.ninjatek.co.za/2011/10/move-wsus-database-and-content.html
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hi rbarnhardt, currently using windows internal database & not sql 2005 or 2008

(i really appreciate those links but cannot do due to below explanation):

that is correct i have not moved the following:

susdb.mdf
susdb.ldf

1st possible solution

task 1. - completed

- i have logged on locally not on the domain
- i have access windows task manager and selected processess tab and stopped a few services
- copied the following files sucessfully from d:\ to h:\ drive temporarily!! (successful)

d:\wsus\updateservicesdbfiles:
susdb.mdf
susdb.ldf

2nd possible solution: not carried out yet

task 2.

uninstall wsus 3.0 but will not remove the following:

- wsus sp2 database
- log files
- downloaded update files

task 3.

copy back database from h:\ drive to original d:\ drive

task 4.

copy manually back the following: from h:\ back to original d:\ drive:

d:\wsus\updateservicesdbfiles:
susdb.mdf
susdb.ldf

task 5.

re-install wsus to hopefully reconnect/sync

question 2. will my idea above be successfull ?
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i have carried out (task 2) and restarted wsus domain server

just as a double check i have attempted to re-install wsus 3.0 sp1 but now it states that:
"windows cannot access the specified device pather or file.  you may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item"

note: i am using the administrator domain account as usual and this has never happened before!!

what a total waste of hours days and time!!!!!!!!!!

i even downloaded 'windows installer cleanup utility', from the internet and it states:
"msicuu2.exe is not a valid win32 application"

again what a load of.....waste of time as my machines are all 32bit.

http://www.softpedia.com/dyn-postdownload.php?p=18442&t=5&i=1
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On that cleanup utility, right-click and go to the properties. See if there is an option at the bottom to "unblock." I have seen Windows block downloaded files before and you will get a similar error.
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h rbarnhardt, yes i had a look in properties and (administrators) was there with full access.

no 'unblock' seen! :(

i have now ignored my wsus backup and re-installed clean & currently dowloading updates which may take some days to complete as my machines are alrready installed to 99% already via wsus before i my harddrive needed increasing in size!!
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Well, unfortunately, I think because you just chose to copy your content and database instead of following the proper procedure, you may have corrupted you database, content, or both. A database transactions and processes should be stopped before moving, copying, or backing up. The "wsusutil.exe movecontent" command takes care of all of this for you. It will probably sync faster than you think. Maybe a day or two. That depends on your Internet speed.
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hi rbranhardt, i forgot to mention after restoring via my backup it appeared to return the below files automatically which was good.

susdb.mdf
susdb.ldf

note: as i could not still install 'ms clean utility', i have since completed a clean win 2003/wus install and now my wsus is at 100% updated.

so all appears well now

once my isa 2006 domain member server has been viewed via wsus then i will do backup as all will be well at that point.

ok so the 'wsusutil.exe movement' command auto takes care of stopping services needed to complete this task - ok good to know.

could not carryout complete task as using windows internal database and not sql
apprecicated for advice
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sound advice!! appreciated
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