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WSUS folder is huge - Out of Drive Space - Small Business Server 2008 - Help !!!

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My SBS Server has used up 190 GB.  A big chunk is WSUS.

I can't work out how to get the WSUS console open.

I managed to clear 2GB Space.

I can't install WSUS 3.0 SP2 because it says I need 19GB space???
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd939875(v=ws.10).aspx

Help !!!  Please ???
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Maybe you can start with cleaning some other stuff to free some space. In this link you have additional options to check and clean:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2010/03/02/recovering-disk-space-on-the-c-drive-in-small-business-server-2008.aspx

It is also good to run SBS BPA regularly to check the shape of your server.
And when you will start with WSUS cleanup, be prepared that it could take hours/days.
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AWESOME !

This link let me recover 70 GB space !!!

Actually, Sorry to say, I didn't make note of which process actually cleared the most space.

THANK YOU.

I am installing the WSUS 3.0 SP2 - to see if that helps too.  Very slow to install...  Stay tuned.
The WSUS Folder is 61GB.  So I figure if I could clear that out I might recover 70+60 = 130GB out of 190GB.

I don't suppose you can just delete the WSUS folder contents.
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No, you can't just delete the folder.
WSUS uses space for database (info about computers connected to WSUS, updates) and the updates itself. If you delete that info you will need to reconnect computers to WSUS, what is on my opinion a little bit "painful". On my SBS 2008 installations WSUS folder contains 10-15GB cleaned up.

When proceding with wsus cleanup, select one option at the time.
I normally leave cleaning unneeded updates for the end.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jjameson/archive/2009/03/28/wsus-server-cleanup-wizard-hangs-on-deleting-unused-updates.aspx
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Damn, could not install WSUS SP.

Got this error message, after about 30 minutes.  I guess it was making a backup because I lost another 20GB space.  Microsoft, that's not great programming logic.

Trying it again, will probably lose another 20GB.

Error message
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"WSUS must be in a known, good working state for this update to work." is prerequisite to install this update.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2720211

Please look at first two links in this article to check WSUS health.
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As per the first link.

I wanted to run the Server Clean Up Wizard.

But when I Click Start, click All Programs, click Administrative Tools...
there is no "Windows Server Update Services".

So I thought Installing the WSUS SP would make this feature show up.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/c0be0a81-c22d-4144-ae05-547dca44ed18(v=ws.10)#opencon 

I also tried to do the WSUS Reindex, but couldn't get it to work as per these instructions.
(Re this link: I did replace the <script Location> with the folder containing the script).

http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/6f8cde49-5c52-4abd-9820-f1d270ddea61
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what does wsussetup.log say?

You can try to start WSUS from mmc (add snap-in "update services").
It should be wsus.msc

Then there you have some option to manage wsus from command prompt:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc720466(ws.10).aspx
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I have attached the log below.

I couldn't find or run WSUS.MSC.

The only files on the Server with WSUS in their name are:
Folders:
   C:\WSUS
   C:\WSUS\WsusContent
   C:\WSUSBugFix      <-- I put this folder here

Files:
   C:\Users\svradmin\AppData\Local\WSUSSetup.log
   C:\WSUSBugFix\WsusDBMaintenance.sql     <-- I put this one here
WSUSSetup.log
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I gave up.  But thanks for the tips
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