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WSUS takes too much space on server

In a Windows SBS 2008, the WSUS databases and updates folder is taking a huge amount of space. How would I go about shrinking it? Would it cause any problem in the server if I would just uninstall it all together and find other venues for Windows updates?

Thank you for your help!
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Alan Dala
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
In WSUS run the Clean up wizard.  This will remove unneeded updates etc.

See TechNet article on the matter here -> http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc708578(v=ws.10).aspx
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Alan DalaAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your fast response.

That solution wouldn't lower the mdf and ldf size of the database, would it?
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
The size of the actual database compared to the space used by the umpteen unused windows updates is negligible.

If you REALLY NEED the space back. Add another hard disk and migrate WSUS data to a new drive letter on the server.
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
I have not used this but here is a link to guide on doing exactly what you are asking. If you can test in a test lab first, all the better.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2009/09/23/how-to-move-wsus-content-and-database-files-to-a-different-partition.aspx

It walks you though using the SBS wizard to migrate the actual WSUS content and then MSSQL studio to move the databases.
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Alan DalaAuthor Commented:
The mdf file is at around 25Gb, while the windows updates folder is at 20Gb. I just inherited this server and it looks like the guy before me left it to grow out of control. We might not even use WSUS at all but I didn't want to just go in there and delete stuff or uninstall WSUS all together. We might have to do that but I just want to make sure it will not affect anything else on the server.
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
The above two links should give you what you need
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Donald StewartNetwork AdministratorCommented:
Just an FYI, the WSUS cleanup wizard only gains very minimal space back....Moving the content and database as suggested is the only way to go
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
@dstewartjr

Run on a regular basis yes but if, as the op suggests, this box has never had any maintenance run on it then it "Can" reclaim quite a bit.
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Alan DalaAuthor Commented:
Should I just uninstall it? I think it's an overkill to have it for 5 computers...
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Donald StewartNetwork AdministratorCommented:
If never run, the length of time to run it is much better served by moving it :)
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Donald StewartNetwork AdministratorCommented:
Uninstalling WSUS on SBS tends to break other things
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
So long as it is removed using SBS and not just deleted it has never caused me or anyone I know an issue.
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Alan DalaAuthor Commented:
I was just planning on doing it from 'Programs and Features'. Would that be a problem?


Thanks!
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VB ITSCommented:
That should be fine. Just make sure you make a backup of the suscomp.dll file found in C:\Windows\system32\inetsrv otherwise your websites in IIS may start throwing HTTP 500 errors, including the Remote Web Workplace and OWA sites.
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