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I have a SBS2008 running WSUS. WSUS is taking way to much space. I will just get the user PC updates using windows updates. I disabled the update service and windows update service on the server.

Now I want to know how to delete the WSUS folder which have a total of 5GB of space.
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by:nappy_d
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You should remove the roles for WSUS from your server and then you can remote the residual data, if any has been left behind after the uninstallation.

Also another method to configuring WSUS is to specify the updates but point your clients to Microsoft rather than caching the Updates to your server.
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But how can I remove the folder without removing the wsus role?
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You cannot..Howeveer, as I mentioned change the WSUS configuration so that it does NOT, download and cache the updates.

Ultimately, there is some data that needs to reside in this directory for the role configuration.  It seems as thought you have set WSUS to download and cache Windows updates.
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by:Cris Hanna
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Is the WSUS repository on your C: Drive or have you used the wizard to move it to another drive?
Is the concern lack of space on the C: Drive?
You can't simply delete the folder...you'll break lots of stuff
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Yes lack of space on the c drive.  I stopped the windows update and update service to prevent wsus from getting further updates.  I've ran the cleanup Wizard and the wsus fodder is still 5gb. Is the only way to remove the folder is by removing the wsus role?
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by:Cris Hanna
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Why don't you simply run the wizard to move the WSUS folder to another drive from within the SBS Console
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Lack of space on the data drive. So is there no way to get rid of that folder
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by:Cris Hanna
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If you delete that folder, without removing the WSUS role and the group policies associated with SBS and WSUS where, things will not behave properly.   Even if you have the services stopped, there is no option to start it up again.
Sounds like it's time to add another drive in the server
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You can start those services. I just change it from disable to start.  So What's the proper way to remove wsus from a server.  My First time doing this
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by:Cris Hanna
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First place is to see if it's listed in  Control Panel > Programs and Features...if not, then from the Server Manager
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And it's that simple. Just remove the role or uninstall from the control panel?
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by:Cris Hanna
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No, it's not just that simple, because you're running SBS
If you go into the Group Policy Management under Administrative tools > you'll find Group Policy Objects that related to how the workstations get their updates.  Those must be removed as well    Then be sure to run the GPUPDATE /Force on the server and the workstations
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Here is the setting I suggest you enable. It will not store data on your server but instead will force your clients to always point to Microsoft servers to download their updates.
http://blogs.technet.com/blogfiles/gborger/WindowsLiveWriter/WhattodowhenyourWSUSContentfoldergrowsto_D2A/clip_image002_2.jpg
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by:Donald Stewart
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The whole point of using WSUS in the first place is so that your WSUS clients arent eating up your bandwidth(downloading from Microsoft). I would do as suggested and move your WSUS data to another drive(drives are cheap)


How to Move WSUS Content and Database Files to a Different Volume

http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2009/09/23/how-to-move-wsus-content-and-database-files-to-a-different-partition.aspx
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by moving the DB to a network NAS will that remove the WSUS DB 5GB folder from the server to that new location>?
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If a client has sufficient bandwidth but not disk space, the option I've suggested above can work. Also, when clients are away from the office, their computers can still download the updates. Lastly, if you set the download schedule to be off peak work hours, even on a 1.5mbps line, the updates aren't noticeable. Consider that most updates aren't in the hundreds of megs, 100% of the time.
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by:Donald Stewart
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Be forewarned that using a NAS as the location for WSUS is a little tricky.

http://www.domsyard.com/windows/how-move-your-wsus-content-data-network-share
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In all honesty i dont care for WSUS. I just want to remove the WSUS folder and get the 5GB back. From what im reading here the best way is to install WSUS. Anyone have a simple step by step on this?
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Im sure all these ideas work but to much risk as there is not one safe option here that removes wsus without causing issues.
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There is no harm is stopping he service and configuring your clients to get their updates from MS directly.

I do believe I mentioned this in comment http:#40222219
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by:Donald Stewart
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I beg to differ, WSUS was built into SBS for a reason. Removing/disabling usually causes other issues down the road. WIthout WSUS how are you gonna ensure that each pc is properly updating?? WSUS provides reporting for this. Do you really want to trust each user to be doing their own updates ?? They will eventually start to lag. Hard drives are cheap nowadays, so moving the content and database to a new volume is still my suggestion.
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What I'm suggesting is to point to the MA servers and stop caching the updates on the system that is low on space. Now delete that cached data.

Have low bandwidth?
You can set your systems to check or updates outside of normal business hours or weekends to pull their updates. This can be done via a GPO.
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We try this and get back to you. Thank you
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We decided to leave it as is.
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The Server of the client failed and we replaced it with WinServer 2012. We werent able to try any of the steps above. Thank you all for your time.
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Thank you for your time but this issue no longer is a factor for the client.
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