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By default, WSUS retains all versions of updates that it retrieves from Microsoft Update. To free up disk space on the distribution server, it is recommended that you periodically use the program wsusutil.exe to delete old versions of updates. This is particularly important if the WSUS database is Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine (MSDE), which has a maximum size of 2 gigabytes (GB).

The program wsusutil.exe removes updates that WSUS has not deployed for over a month.

To remove old updates from the WSUS database follow this procedure

  • Login As a local administrator, access the distribution server.
  • Stop the WSUS Web site in Internet Information Services (IIS). To do so, open IIS from Administrative Tools, navigate to the WSUS Administration Web site, right-click the Web site, and click Stop.
  • Open a Command Prompt window and change folders to %drive%\Program Files\Update Services\Tools.
  • Type the following:

wsusutil.exe deleteunneededrevisions

After the command has completed successfully, restart the WSUS Administration Web site. To do so, right-click the Web site in IIS and click Start.

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  2 Responses to “Removing old updates from Windows Server Update Services(WSUS)”

  1. This process won’t work with WSUS 3.1. The deleteunneededrevisions argument is no longer available. Instead open the console, expand the server name in question and highlight the Options node. In the center pane, you will see the Server Clean-up Wizard. Select the relevant options.

  2. hi
    i deleted the sql database for wsus and now i can’t uninstall it .
    can anybody help me?

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