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I run WSUS 3.2.7600.256 on server 2003 using a sql express 2005 database. I have reached the database size limit; and maintenance tasks will not help.

Is there a way I can reinstall WSUS and switch to Windows internal database while preserving the database and it's links to the stored downloads?

Or is my only route to create a slave wsus that uses WID, synchronize it,  and then convert that to the main server via scripts; That is if that is still possible these days.

Thanks much
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by:ScottPletcher
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If you can upgrade to SQL Express 2008 R2, the db size is 10GB rather than 4GB.

If the size is spread across multiple tables, you could move a table(s) to different dbs to reduce the size of each one to <4GB.  This can be done transparently to your app.
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Also here are the steps for actually moving the database if you have another version of SQL you need to move it to:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/mwiles/archive/2011/06/17/how-to-move-the-wsus-database.aspx


The main idea is to detach the database on the origin server, then attach on the new / destination server.
Then simply update WSUS with the new server details etc
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by:Michael Crehan
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Scott, Craig

I appreciate both of your comments very much.

My intention is to use the WID because that has no size limit. I do not want to use full blown sql due to the licensing costs and this is just a windows update server. Scott, I am not sure how the WSUSapplication would deal with tables in separate databases, but interesting possibility. Yes I could run it on full blown sql but that gets very expensive due to the cals required.
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The internal database is just another variant of sql, simply detach then reattach to the WID.

You can detach database copy the mdf and ldf files then attach in WID.

I do not have WID available to test, so I cannot tell you if there are any constraints or concerns but it should be that easy :~)
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If it were me I would do a complete reinstall of WSUS using WID. This way everything will be fresh and your content directory wont be cluttered with no longer needed updates.
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by:Michael Crehan
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I found that it did not seem to like anything other than a reinstall/migration as a downstream server and then making that system stand alone.
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Thanks much
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