Move WSUS content to another location

Most of the time admins don’t put this into their consideration when setting up a WSUS server, but along time you’ll root directory will tend to grow accordingly as your environment extends and you will sense this if you have a multi-client-OS based environment.

So they key solution is to change the path of the WSUS content (updates) to anther partition/drive.

How to do it:

  1. Open command shell (run -> cmd).
  2. Navigate to the directory that contains WSUSutil.exe which is usually located in (C:\Program Files\Update Services\Tools\)
  3. wsusutil.exe movecontent contentpath logfile -skipcopy
  4. wsusutil.exe movecontent D:\WSUS1\ D:\move.log

Where D:\WSUS1 is the new path for local WSUS update storage, and D:\move.log is the path to the log file.

Note: I know it’s called move, but it doesn’t actually move everything, it’s copies them and you’ll have to delete the contents directory afterwards, this only copies the WSUS content, the database remains in it’s original location so be careful not to delete the original directory once it’s done.


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5 Responses

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  2. John says:

    Thanks for this info. Very concise and helpful. Sorted out an issue I had. Cheers.

  3. Mark says:

    DOES NOT WORK AS LISTED. INCORRECT parameters are listed. There are NO brackets in [-skipcopy]. View the WSUSutil.exe /? options first.

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