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WSUS Server using a lot of space RRS feed

  • Question

  • I've gone through several forums and Technet posts about how to resolve this issue.  I've finally resolved to just create a new VM to handle the WSUS service in hopes to stop the hemorrhaging every Microsoft Tuesday in disk space.

    To my dismay, even with a brand new installation of WSUS, we still have a massive amount of space taken up, and before anyone suggests checking the obvious:

    • We have no downstream servers setup
    • We only have one language selected:  English
    • We are not downloading express installation files
    • I run the server cleanup-wizard monthly

    We are synchronizing only on the following products:

    • Office 2007
    • Office 2010
    • Office 2013
    • SQL Server 2012
    • SQL Server 2008 R2
    • SQL Server 2008
    • SQL Server 2005
    • Systems Management Server 2003
    • Windows 7
    • Windows 8.1
    • Windows Server 2003
    • Windows Server 2008 R2
    • Windows Server 2008 Server Manager Dynamic Installer
    • Windows Server 2008
    • Windows Server 2012 R2
    • Windows Server 2012
    • Windows Server Manager - Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Dynamic Installer

    Syncing and auto-approving the following classifications:

    • Critical Updates
    • Definition Updates
    • Security Updates

    And this is our WSUS environment:

    • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
    • Update Services v3.2.7600.226

    With all of that said, the wsuscontent folder is taking up 84.9 GB.  Before this last MS Tuesday it was ~80 GB.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.


    • Edited by Bigun139 Monday, July 14, 2014 6:36 PM
    Monday, July 14, 2014 6:23 PM

Answers

  • With all of that said, the wsuscontent folder is taking up 84.9 GB.  Before this last MS Tuesday it was ~80 GB.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    The problem here is not what you're synchronizing...

    The problem is what you are APPROVING.

    This forum is chock full of conversations about this issue, at least one a month for the past few years.


    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCSA, MCITP:EA, MCDBA
    SolarWinds Head Geek
    Microsoft MVP - Software Packaging, Deployment & Servicing (2005-2014)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/mvp/Lawrence%20R%20Garvin-32101
    http://www.solarwinds.com/gotmicrosoft
    The views expressed on this post are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of SolarWinds.

    • Marked as answer by Daniel JiSun Thursday, July 24, 2014 1:52 AM
    Monday, July 21, 2014 1:47 AM
  • 1. Large space needed by WSUS is normal. This time when we use TB disk the consumption is not as painful...

    2. Clean your system periodically (see guide to learn how to do it)

    Rgds

    Milos

    • Marked as answer by Daniel JiSun Thursday, July 24, 2014 1:53 AM
    Monday, July 14, 2014 6:40 PM

All replies

  • 1. Large space needed by WSUS is normal. This time when we use TB disk the consumption is not as painful...

    2. Clean your system periodically (see guide to learn how to do it)

    Rgds

    Milos

    • Marked as answer by Daniel JiSun Thursday, July 24, 2014 1:53 AM
    Monday, July 14, 2014 6:40 PM
  • So ~ 1 TB is normal?
    Wednesday, July 16, 2014 1:53 PM
  • With all of that said, the wsuscontent folder is taking up 84.9 GB.  Before this last MS Tuesday it was ~80 GB.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    The problem here is not what you're synchronizing...

    The problem is what you are APPROVING.

    This forum is chock full of conversations about this issue, at least one a month for the past few years.


    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCSA, MCITP:EA, MCDBA
    SolarWinds Head Geek
    Microsoft MVP - Software Packaging, Deployment & Servicing (2005-2014)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/mvp/Lawrence%20R%20Garvin-32101
    http://www.solarwinds.com/gotmicrosoft
    The views expressed on this post are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of SolarWinds.

    • Marked as answer by Daniel JiSun Thursday, July 24, 2014 1:52 AM
    Monday, July 21, 2014 1:47 AM