move content folder to SAN drive

Discussion in 'Update Services' started by Cindy B, Jan 30, 2008.

  1. Cindy B

    Cindy B Guest

    Hi-
    I have WSUS 2.0 installed on a 2003 Standard server using SQL DE.
    Couple issues, we are filling up the drive on the WSUS server, so have
    attached a SAN volume. I thought there was a tool to move the wsusContent
    folder to a new location - but now I can not find info on that tool... is
    anyone aware of that tool and it's location? or have any suggestions for me?

    Also, my plan is to first move the content folder, then to upgraded to 3.0.
    Hopefully that will keep me from a new install and reconfiguring everything.
    Any reason NOT to do it that way?
    Thanks in advance for your time and information!!!!

    cindy
     
    Cindy B, Jan 30, 2008
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  2. <http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/2686bd2b-910a-479b-961e-cea2a20280241033.mspx>

    or for WSUS 3

    I don't believe it should make any difference which way around you do this.

    Harry.
     
    Harry Johnston [MVP], Jan 30, 2008
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  3. Cindy B

    Cindy B Guest

    Hi -
    thanks for the info!!!!
    Can I move these files using windows explorer instead of xcopy? or will
    xcopy move attribites that windows explorer miss.. ???
     
    Cindy B, Jan 31, 2008
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  4. Don't see why not. Or you could let wsusutil move them for you.

    Harry.
     
    Harry Johnston [MVP], Feb 1, 2008
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  5. This would be a violation of the licensing for SQL Developer Edition, btw.
    SQL DE cannot be used in a production environment -- even for free software.
    There is a tool, but using a SAN volume is not supported in WSUS 2.0. The
    filestore needs to be on a local volume.

    Having said that, however, WSUS 3.0 in a load-balancing environment supports
    storing the filestore on a DFS share.
    But you'd need to upgrade first, and then move the filestore to a DFS share.
    It would probably also be a good idea to determine why "...we are filling up
    the drive...".

    Start here: http://www.wsuswiki.com/MowingTheGrass

    --
    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCBMSP, MCTS, MCP
    Senior Data Architect, APQC, Houston, Texas
    Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2008)

    MS WSUS Website: http://www.microsoft.com/wsus
    My Websites: http://www.onsitechsolutions.com;
    http://wsusinfo.onsitechsolutions.com
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Lawrence.Garvin
     
    Lawrence Garvin [MVP], Feb 2, 2008
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  6. SAN is local storage as far as the operating system is concerned. Surely that's
    all that matters?

    Harry.
     
    Harry Johnston [MVP], Feb 3, 2008
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  7. I think the key word here is "not supported". There are many things that
    work, but can't be supported. This can be do to lack of testing or known
    instabilities/problems.

    An example is using PST files stored on network drives. MS is very clear
    about this being completely unsupported. However, we use them in certain
    circumstances for archiving mail. We maintain a backup strategy that
    allows restoring of a PST file very quickly.

    --

    Regards,
    Hank Arnold
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Server - Directory Services
     
    Hank Arnold (MVP), Feb 4, 2008
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  8. Sure, but this is the first time I've heard the suggestion that SAN was
    unsupported for any version of WSUS. A quick look at the documentation suggests
    that the only requirement is that you need to use "local storage" which I would
    interpret as disallowing network shares or NAS but allowing SAN.

    Harry.
     
    Harry Johnston [MVP], Feb 4, 2008
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  9. It's still not supported in WSUS 2.0 :)


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    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCBMSP, MCTS, MCP
    Senior Data Architect, APQC, Houston, Texas
    Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2008)

    MS WSUS Website: http://www.microsoft.com/wsus
    My Websites: http://www.onsitechsolutions.com;
    http://wsusinfo.onsitechsolutions.com
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Lawrence.Garvin
     
    Lawrence Garvin [MVP], Feb 21, 2008
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  10. Actually, the very explicit requirement of WSUS 2.0 is that it must be a
    local VOLUME.

    This is because BITS runs in the Local System context,which does not have
    access to non-local resources.

    Now, I'd agree, if the SAN is truly seen as a local LOGICAL volume, then it
    should work,
    but it's not a "supported" configuration by PSS for WSUS 2.0.



    --
    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCBMSP, MCTS, MCP
    Senior Data Architect, APQC, Houston, Texas
    Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2008)

    MS WSUS Website: http://www.microsoft.com/wsus
    My Websites: http://www.onsitechsolutions.com;
    http://wsusinfo.onsitechsolutions.com
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Lawrence.Garvin
     
    Lawrence Garvin [MVP], Feb 21, 2008
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