I need to remove WSUS

Posted on 2013-11-06
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I took over IT for a company with an SBS2008 server and the WSUS folder consuming over 30% of the C: drive at 50GB.  I've purged inetpub logs and now my only bang-for-my-buck location to clear space is this WSUS folder.

I need to change the GPO to let computers manager their own updates (15 total) and I want to properly disable WSUS and clear that folder.

Can anyone provide guidance on this?

Question by:GDavis193
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Scott Silva earned 2000 total points
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have you tried running the cleanup wizard to remove older data? In the WSUS administration console, select Options, and then Server Cleanup Wizard.

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I am trying that now - taking quite some time to complete.  I'll update next week when I am back onsite.

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Hi GDavis193,

Look here for the steps to properly disable WSUS without breaking things. I have used this procedure a few times in the past without any problems. It is for SBS 2011 but should work in SBS 2008.



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by:David Atkin
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The WSUS cleanup is the way to go as described in a previous comment.  If its the first time its been done then it will take a long long while.  You can get scripts to run the cleanup on a weekly basis which maybe worth doing.

I wouldn't recommend un-installing WSUS as it will cause you issues.

If you haven't already, have a look at moving the WSUS Content and Database onto another drive on the server to free up the C: Drive.
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by:Cris Hanna
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Just to clarify what Scorpeo was suggesting about moving the WSUS repository.  In the SBS Console you find a wizard for moving WSUS to another drive.
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by:Donald Stewart
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