How do I move a WSUS installation from one server to another

Discussion in 'Update Services' started by Steven Davidson, Oct 5, 2006.

  1. I have WSUS installed on a Windows 2003 Server Standard Edition virtual
    machine and I'll like to move it from the vm to an actual physical server.
    Anybody have any suggestions?
    Steven Davidson, Oct 5, 2006
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  2. Steven Davidson

    Cal166 Guest

    I would just install the new Phyiscal Server with WSUS and in your GP, change
    the settings to point to the new WSUS.

    Only thing you are loosing is the downloaded updates from microsoft which
    you can do again.
    Cal166, Oct 5, 2006
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  3. See the section of the WSUS Deployment Guide for transferring metadata and
    content between "Disconnected Networks".

    In addition, since that document was written, the WSUS API Samples and Tools
    Kit now has an "Approval Migration Tool", so you could:
    1. Export and import only update approvals to the new server.
    2. XCOPY the entire content store (or download a new one).
    3. Detach/reattach the SUSDB database if you don't want to go through a
    fresh resync.

    Unless you plan to significantly change the products and classifications, or
    not approve a large amount of legacy update content, I would recommend using
    options 2 and 3 above. If you're going to radically change the configuration
    of your server, I would only choose Option #2, and then use the
    PurgeUnneededFiles tool to remove any 'extra' content you copied across from
    the VM-based server.

    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MVP-Software Distribution
    Everything you need for WSUS is at
    And, everything else is at
    Lawrence Garvin \(MVP\), Oct 6, 2006
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