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Repair or Rebuild WSUS virtual drive on Server 2012 R2

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I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 server with a 100 GB virtual drive for the WSUS data that has been running fine for 2 years and just recently some change caused the drive to run out of space. I don't know enough about what changed to cause a sudden increase in data to fill the drive, so I don't know whether I should try to fix the problem or just stop the service, erase the data and rebuild the update server.

The network only has about 30 Windows 7 64 bit clients, Microsoft Office 2016 32 bit and Microsoft Security Essentials to be updated besides the server itself. I believe it was all up to date through August, but I'm not positive. I also understand that Microsoft has changed the way they issue updates for Windows 7 and now issue a single roll-up update each month instead of a bunch of individual updates. So I am leaning towards rebuilding the WSUS and would like to have a step by step guide on how to stop and remove the existing service and data and how to reinstall or rebuild it.

I would appreciate some guidance on where to start and how to proceed.

Thank you in advance for anybody willing to help me out.
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Question by:Craig Gallichotte
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by:Peter Hutchison
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There are several things you need to migrate WSUS data to another server:
WSUS database, WSUS content, WSUS Settings, Metadata, and update GPOs and any DNS entries which can be easily do with this Guide:
https://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/508.how-to-move-wsus-from-one-server-to-another.aspx
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by:Craig Gallichotte
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Peter,

Thank you for a response, but I don't want to migrate WSUS to another server.

I want to either cleanup what is on the existing virtual drive to gain space back or completely remove what is already there and start over again.

I did not do the initial setup of the WSUS role on the server so I am not familiar with the setup and I guess that is what I am asking for in my original post.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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expand the drive from hyper-v manager
start the OS
from the OS expand the drive
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Craig Gallichotte earned 0 total points
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Thank you Peter and David for your suggestions. I'm sure they would have worked, but they both went in different directions than what I wanted to accomplish.

The original problem was my 100 GB drive dedicated for updates had been steady at around 75 GB for the last 2 years and then in the course of a couple weeks the last 25 GB was used up and the drive was full.

What I did was remove the WSUS role from the server. I deleted all of the existing data from the 100 GB drive and then restarted the server. I then re-added the WSUS role to the server and selected only the products and classifications that I wanted. WSUS re-downloaded the data and the drive is now back to about 75 GB where it was before. All of the clients have reported in and are up to date and it looks like I am back to where I was and wanted to be. I believe that the 25 GB of free space should be able to last for at least another year (maybe longer) before I have to look at more space. In that case I would probably do as David suggested and expand the drive.

So I am going to close this question and accept my own solution s the answer.

Thank you again Peter and David for your suggestions.
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by:Craig Gallichotte
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I was looking for steps on how to accomplish what I wanted to do and some reassurance that it was a safe way to go. The two offered suggestions went in other directions, so I went ahead with my idea and it worked out well with no error messages. I had never set up the WSUS role previously and wanted some guidance, which I didn't get. I stepped out on my own and it worked out as I hoped it would.
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