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Migrate WSUS to new server using old server's VHD

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Recently our WSUS server crashed and we are unable to recover the operating system and boot into Windows. There was no back up made of the server. My thoughts are that perhaps we can build a new WSUS server running on Windows Server 2012 R2 and mount the VHD from the old server with the bad operating system and recover at least a portion of the old WSUS server. My question is... is there a way to move any of the WSUS files over to the new system and point the new WSUS server at the files. My main concern is the hours of downloading it is going to take to resync the updates. It would be nice to recover the database and any other useful data as well but I don't think that will be as time consuming to set-up. All of our downstream servers should sync back up so long as the main server is happy.

If that is not an option, perhaps some help with the BSOD error. It gets through the device driver screen in safe mode, then states the OS version just before ending with a stop error: 0x000000E3
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David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 2000 total points
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simply copy the folder over to the new machine and point the new wsus server at that location.. it will not re-download these files but you will still have to authorize them
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Thanks David. I thought that would be the case but it is always good to get reassurance.
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