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Two weeks ago, the 250 GB partition that housed my updates for WSUS filled up and running the cleanup wizard could not free up enough disk space to help with the issue.  I went to MS Technet to search for a solution.  The solution suggested was to delete all the files and folder s in the WSUS content folder.  I completed this process only to find that the WSUS console now could not connect to the server.  I have searched for solutions and tried some of them, but nothing seems to work.  The important security updates are still running and installing but I cannot get into the console to approve or disapprove the updates that are not critical.  I keep getting the connection error.  Resetting the node does not work and I am running out of options.  Does anyone have a solution to correct this problem short of removing the WSUS and starting from scratch?
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Peter Hutchison earned 500 total points
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We found that replacing the free SQL install with a full SQL Server installation for its database improved performance a lot and reduced the connection issues. We migrated our old WSUS service from Windows 2003 to Windows 2008 R2 and  SQL Server and its way better.

Make sure that you did not delete the SQL database when you cleared the WSUS content.

Some useful articles:
http://jamessummerlin.com/2012/12/01/recovering-from-a-lost-susdb/
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd939918(v=ws.10).aspx
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd939905(v=ws.10).aspx
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The solution was to move the WSUS to another Controller.  The controller we were using just didn't have enough power to run all the applications that were on it.  Since moving it to another controller WSUS has functioned well.
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