How to Change WSUS Contents to a new location?

Assuming volume where WSUS stores all updates is running out of space and you want to change the location to a new drive you added recently. You can use WsusUtil.exe command line tool with “movecontent” parameter as listed in below command:

  • WsusUtil.exe MoveContent E:\WSUSContent\ E:\MoveLog.Log

The above command changes the location for storing the WSUS updates to E:\WSUSContent folder and copies the old files to the new location. In case you need to skip copy operation and just want to change the location, use -SkipCopy parameter as listed in below command:

  • WsusUtil.exe MoveContent E:\WSUSContent\ E:\MoveLog.Log -SkipCopy

About Nirmal Sharma

Nirmal is a MCSEx3, MCITP and was awarded Microsoft MVP award in Directory Services and Windows Networking. He is specialized in Directory Services, Failover cluster, Hyper-V, System Center, Windows Azure, and Exchange Servers and has been involved in Microsoft Technologies since 1994. In his spare time, he offers technical help by writing tips and articles on several web sites. Nirmal can be reached at [email protected]

4 thoughts on “How to Change WSUS Contents to a new location?”

  1. This doesn’t work because you can’t login to the SUSDB database by default and if you try it you will get the below error.

    Content move failed. Please refer to the log file for more details.
    Fatal Error: Cannot open database “SUSDB” requested by the login. The login failed.

  2. Content location is being moved. Please do not stop this program.
    Content move failed. Please refer to the log file for more details.
    Fatal Error: Cannot open database “SUSDB” requested by the login. The login failed.

    The same error.

  3. Open IIS manager and go to Sites\default web site\wsus administration.
    Click on “Content” and on the actions pane select “basic settings”
    On the “Physical path” filled specify the desired location.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Scroll to Top