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WSUS on SBS 2008 - Repository Move Blind Alley

Posted on 2013-10-28
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Getting short on disk space , I took advantage of the SBS 2008 wizard [ 'Move windows update repository data'  ] to transfer WSUS folder to an internal E: drive.
The next morning, I noticed no Summary Network Report emailed from the server.
The SBS console showed Updates as 'not available' with the console sometimes crashing accessing Network > Update Status.

So I figure I have a WSUS problem. One I can solve by following Susan Bradley's 'REPAIRING WSUS 3 ON SBS 2008' - blogpost.

This in turn references the 'Repair Windows Server Update Services for SBS 2008' article on Technet

So I delete the WSUS directory and run the command

<DVD Drive>:\CMPNENTS\wsus\wsussetup.exe /q DEFAULT_WEBSITE=0 CREATE_DATABASE=1 CONTENT_LOCAL=1 CONTENT_DIR=E:\WSUS WYUKON_DATA_DIR=E:\WSUS

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No success. Completes back to flashing cursor in a few moments only.
WSUSSetup.log then shows

09:33:10  Error     MWUSSetup          DoInstall: ParseCommandLine failed (Error 0x80041453)
09:34:11  Error     MWUSSetup          Product is already installed. Setup type specified is inconsistent with allowed action (Error 0x80041453)
09:34:11  Success   MWUSSetup          The command line parameters specified are invalid

I downloaded WSUS 3.0 SP1 and pointed the same command above at the 3.0 SP1 executable.
An uninstallation routine launches -this too fails "because an error occurred".

I understand that on SBS 2008, the complete manual removal method shown here http://blogs.technet.com/b/sus/archive/2008/11/05/how-to-manually-remove-all-of-wsus.aspx - is not recommended.

I need some advice next steps & diagnostics on this.  I rarely have anything to do with WSUS, so most is new .  Have just read 30 or 40 posts on WSUS problems on SBS, but no forward progress ..
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by:Imtiaz Hasham
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WSUS needs reinstalling using the article you've mentioned.  Unfortunately, no quick-fix for issues with WSUS :(
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Thanks ihasham but it's the article I mentioned that's not working for me.   As the only answer, submitted 3 months after my post, I'm loath to accept that as an solution.

If anyone want to critique the way I have asked the question, feel free.
Second post in a row I've made on EE where the silence has been deafening....
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by:malatete
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I am accepting as a solution my own comment concerning disappointment in lack of responses to my question.  A single response - with no technical suggestions - nearly 3 months after my question was asked.
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