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Cleaning Up WSUS Servers

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Created by Caroline Juszczak, last modified by Erica Gill on Jun 21, 2017

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Use the Server Cleanup Wizard task to clean up the selected WSUS server. It deletes expired updates and old revisions of updates from the server. This task in the Patch Manager console has two advantages over the native cleanup task in the WSUS console:

  • The Patch Manager task allows you to configure a threshold for the number of days WSUS keeps non-reporting computers in the console.
  • You can schedule the Patch Manager task to run regularly, which SolarWinds recommends.

The Server Cleanup Wizard task consists of five distinct actions, which you can run simultaneously or individually on the selected WSUS server:

Unused updates and update revisions

The system deletes expired updates that have remained unapproved for three months or longer. Also deletes unapproved, old revisions of updates. The system deletes revisions that have remained unapproved for 30 days or longer.

Computers not contacting the server

Deletes computers that have not contacted the Update Server within the computer deletion threshold.

Configure the computer deletion threshold

Number of days that the computer must remain out of contact with the server before the system deletes it.

Unneeded update files

Deletes update files that other update files and downstream servers do not require to perform their duties. Generally, these updates have been declined.

Expired Updates

Declines unapproved, expired updates from Microsoft.

Superceded Updates

Declines unapproved updates that have been superseded with approved updates. The system declines superseded updates that have remained unapproved for 30 days or longer.

To schedule or execute a WSUS server cleanup task:

  1. In the left pane of the Patch Manager console, expand Enterprise > Update Services, and then select a WSUS server.
  2. In the Actions pane (right), click Server Cleanup Wizard.
  3. Select one or more of cleanup options, as described previously.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Complete the Task Options Wizard to schedule and/or execute the cleanup task for the selected WSUS server. For additional information, see "The Task Options Wizard".



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