Moving Update Folder


  • Updates are being downloaded on to C:\SCE\WSUSContent\6F....CA...69 etc....


    I want to move above from C drive to G drive I named WSUS.


    Please help me with this as simple steps.




    Thursday, July 03, 2008 9:44 PM


  • Hi,


    You can use wsusutil.exe command to accomplish it. Navigate to %programfiles%\update services\tools and the syntax is following:


    WSUSUtil.exe movecontent g:\<content path> g:\<log path>.


    You also can add -skipcopy switch to skip updates.




    Monday, July 07, 2008 2:29 AM

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  • Hi,


    You can use wsusutil.exe command to accomplish it. Navigate to %programfiles%\update services\tools and the syntax is following:


    WSUSUtil.exe movecontent g:\<content path> g:\<log path>.


    You also can add -skipcopy switch to skip updates.




    Monday, July 07, 2008 2:29 AM
  • I am typing the following and not working:

    c:\program files\update service\tools>wsusutil.exe movecontent G:\ <content path> g:\ <log path> -skincopy


    What shoud I type in <content path>?

    What should I type in <log path>?


    All I have is this: c:\program files\update service\tools>wsusutil.exe and Microsoft.updateservices.helathmontiring.dll


    and I have created a G drive called WSUS (GSmile






    Monday, July 07, 2008 2:01 PM
  • Hi,


    In this case, you can type following syntax:


    WSUSUtil.exe movecontent g:\wsus g:\*.log -skipcopy


    For your reference:




    Tuesday, July 08, 2008 2:23 AM
  • I tried the above and got this error message:


    C:\Program Files\Update Services\Tools>wsusutil.exe movecontent g:\wsus g:\*.log

    Fatal Error: You must specify an existing local directory on an NTFS partition a
    s an absolute path or specify an existing UNC path for the new content file loca


    Tuesday, July 08, 2008 2:32 PM
  • Hi,


    You can not move updates content to a another remote disk. The target WSUS folder need to exist on the same local disk with original WSUS folder. You can move Wsus folder to different partition.



    Wednesday, July 09, 2008 3:30 AM
  • This is what I had orginally:



    E:\SCE\WsusContent\6F\CA so on folders in here.


    This E: drive was getting out of disk space everyday so I decided to move this E drive to a Network Drive called G: as follow:


    Wsusutil.exe movecontent g:\<content path> g:\ <log path>


    And now have this:



    G:\WsusContent\5A\6F so on folders in here.



    Is this looks right?

    Do I have to re-configure anything on the SCE 2007 to let MS knows where to downloads updates?


    Please advised.







    Wednesday, July 09, 2008 2:16 PM
  • Hi,


    From your outputs, it looks fine. You can try to re-run syschronization with Microsoft updates to verify the updates can be downloaded into the new wsuscontent properly.



    Wednesday, July 09, 2008 2:30 PM
  • Deep,

    Did I understand you right  - are you trying to move the WSUS content from a local e:\ to a networkdrive g:\? I don't think (and I wouldn't recommend) storing the wsus contect on a network drive.


    I would recommend adding a new disk to the server and move it to this one or to do a full backup of the existing and do a replace of it.


    Hope this helps!


    Björn Axéll MVP - Advisec AB



    Tuesday, July 15, 2008 10:38 AM
  • I'm trying to move the content over to a 200 gig external HD. are these the steps to follow to move this and will WSUS keep syncing.Thanks

    Thursday, August 07, 2008 2:54 PM
  • Yes, please follow these steps and this is the recommended way to do it so yeh you are doing in the right way.


    You can use wsusutil.exe command to accomplish it. Navigate to %programfiles%\update services\tools and the syntax is following:


    WSUSUtil.exe movecontent g:\<content path> g:\<log path>.


    You also can add -skipcopy switch to skip updates.



    Thursday, August 07, 2008 4:32 PM
  • Thanks is the results..But my c:\wsus\WsusContent is still taking up 32 gigs...can I just delete this sub-dir ?



    C:\Program Files\Update Services\Tools>wsusutil.exe movecontent F:\wsus\WsusCont
    ent f:\susmove.log
    Content location is being moved. Please do not stop this program.
    Content move has successfully finished.
    Thursday, August 07, 2008 7:19 PM
  • Tia,



    Please make sure your check your new location and it's content to make sure everything is there and record the total space at the present and then comapre it in few days and if it's more then the present then it is working 100% and also the 32 GB leave it for few days and then delete it.


    Thanks and please mark this question answered.


    Have a good day.

    Thursday, August 07, 2008 8:11 PM
  • Since this thread helped me, I'd like to take the liberty of updating it a little ...

    We have System Center Essentials 2010, and had a need to move the updates folder.  As this thread indicated, the wsusutil.exe movecontent command seemed to help.  But I spent quite some time trying to find documentation on using wsusutil with SCE ... wasn't entirely sure it would work. 

    I found wsusutil.exe under c:\program files\update services\tools

    wsusutil.exe /? yielded:

    Windows Server Update Services administration utility. Try:
     wsusutil.exe help checkhealth
     wsusutil.exe help configuressl
     wsusutil.exe help configuresslproxy
     wsusutil.exe help deletefrontendserver
     wsusutil.exe help listinactiveapprovals
     wsusutil.exe help removeinactiveapprovals
     wsusutil.exe help export
     wsusutil.exe help healthmonitoring
     wsusutil.exe help import
     wsusutil.exe help listfrontendservers
     wsusutil.exe help movecontent
     wsusutil.exe help reset
     wsusutil.exe help usecustomwebsite
     wsusutil.exe help listunreferencedpackagefolders
    movecontent command details:

    Changes the file-system location where the WSUS server stores content, and
    optionally copies any content from the old location to the new location.

    and wsusutil.exe help movecontent yielded:

    movecontent <content path> <log file> [-skipcopy]
    <content path>: The new root for content files. The path must exist.
    <log file>    : Path and filename of the log file to create.
    -skipcopy     : Indicates that only the server configuration should be changed
                     and that the content files should not be copied.


    So in our scenario, I wanted to move UPDATES from E:\data\updates to the F: partition (both locally attached hard disks). 

    I had to first create f:\data\updates. While I was at it, I created f:\data\logs

    Then I ran

    wsusutil.exe movecontent F:\data\UPDATES F:\data\logs\movcon.log

    Seems to have worked like a charm!

    Edited to add:  I also noticed that the e:\data\updates had two subfolders, each of which was shared out.  The wsusutil seems to have taken care of the un-sharing from the old location and re-sharing at the new location.  One other item of note was that I had to be logged on as the serivces account to run the utility. Regular run of the mill admin didn't do it. 

    • Proposed as answer by NoufalQA Wednesday, June 11, 2014 8:17 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by NoufalQA Wednesday, June 11, 2014 8:18 AM
    Tuesday, June 29, 2010 9:04 PM
  • Not skincopy , It is skipcopy
    Wednesday, June 11, 2014 7:42 AM
  • It works

    wsusutil.exe movecontent C:\Sources\WSUS C:\Sources\WSUS\Logs\wsusmove.log

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014 8:18 AM
  • This post solved my problem.  The new directory MUST exist prior to executing the command


    • Proposed as answer by Galion Chris Friday, April 28, 2017 5:38 PM
    Sunday, February 15, 2015 4:14 PM
  • This isn't exactly true, you can move to a UNC \\myserver\myshare\

    It is ridiculous that you cannot move it to a new drive on a new disk.  I can't think of a reason to use a partition on a VM. However I can see mistakenly putting the WSUS folder on your C drive and later wanting to move it. Just my two cents.

    I should add if for example you have a server called myserver with your files are on C:\WSUS and you want to move them to D:\WSUS. Share your WSUS folder on D: so you can then use the UNC \\myserver\WSUS where WSUS is the shared D:\WSUS

    • Edited by Rogues Thursday, May 11, 2017 9:34 PM add detail
    Thursday, May 11, 2017 9:30 PM