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Rebuilding WSUS Server with existing updates

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  • Hi Guys,

    We have recently had our WSUS server crash (HDD Failure). We were able to recover pretty much everything off of the crashed hard drive including the database and the WSUS content (which I'd assume to be the actual updates..?)

    So my question is, how would we go about rebuilding our WSUS server on a new installation of Windows Server 2008 r2 without having WSUS dowload all the updates from the web again? Keeping in mind that we don't have an internal upstream WSUS Server to pull the updates from.

    Thanking you in advance for your assistance in this.

    Craig

    mardi 4 décembre 2012 08:39

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  • the documentation has a number of suggestions which may help you.

    migration: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee822826(v=ws.10).aspx

    export/import steps for a disconnected server: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd939873(v=ws.10).aspx

    backup/restore: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd939904(v=ws.10).aspx


    Don
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    mardi 4 décembre 2012 10:23
  • So my question is, how would we go about rebuilding our WSUS server on a new installation of Windows Server 2008 r2 without having WSUS dowload all the updates from the web again?

    I don't believe this scenario is explicitly documented in the links Don provided, as some of those presume a working server exists, although the information presented may provide some clues. However, assuming that you have a fully functional backup of the database and the WSUSContent folder, this procedure will get you there:

    1. Reinstall WSUS as a new server. DO NOT run the WSUS setup wizard -- just Cancel out of it. (No harm if you do run it; you'll just waste a lot of time doing pointless work, since it will all be destroyed in Step 4.)

    2. Copy the WSUSContent\* subfolders from your backup to the appropriate location on the WSUS server.

    3. Stop the Update Services service.

    4. Restore the database.

      • If you have an actual SQL Server BACKUP, then RESTORE the WSUS database. (Don's link for Backup/Restore will apply in this case.)
      • If you have a detached COPY of the SUSDB.mdf and SUSDB_log.ldf files, then detach the newly installed WSUS database and move the SUSDB.mdf and SUSDB_log.ldf files elsewhere. Copy the original database files into the correct location and attach the database.

    5. Restart the Update Services service.


    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP:EA, MCDBA, MCSA
    SolarWinds Head Geek
    Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2012)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Lawrence.Garvin


    mercredi 5 décembre 2012 02:18

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  • the documentation has a number of suggestions which may help you.

    migration: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee822826(v=ws.10).aspx

    export/import steps for a disconnected server: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd939873(v=ws.10).aspx

    backup/restore: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd939904(v=ws.10).aspx


    Don
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    mardi 4 décembre 2012 10:23
  • Hi Don,

    Thank you for your response. I'll check out the documentation and advise on my course of action.

    mardi 4 décembre 2012 14:23
  • So my question is, how would we go about rebuilding our WSUS server on a new installation of Windows Server 2008 r2 without having WSUS dowload all the updates from the web again?

    I don't believe this scenario is explicitly documented in the links Don provided, as some of those presume a working server exists, although the information presented may provide some clues. However, assuming that you have a fully functional backup of the database and the WSUSContent folder, this procedure will get you there:

    1. Reinstall WSUS as a new server. DO NOT run the WSUS setup wizard -- just Cancel out of it. (No harm if you do run it; you'll just waste a lot of time doing pointless work, since it will all be destroyed in Step 4.)

    2. Copy the WSUSContent\* subfolders from your backup to the appropriate location on the WSUS server.

    3. Stop the Update Services service.

    4. Restore the database.

      • If you have an actual SQL Server BACKUP, then RESTORE the WSUS database. (Don's link for Backup/Restore will apply in this case.)
      • If you have a detached COPY of the SUSDB.mdf and SUSDB_log.ldf files, then detach the newly installed WSUS database and move the SUSDB.mdf and SUSDB_log.ldf files elsewhere. Copy the original database files into the correct location and attach the database.

    5. Restart the Update Services service.


    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP:EA, MCDBA, MCSA
    SolarWinds Head Geek
    Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2012)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Lawrence.Garvin


    mercredi 5 décembre 2012 02:18