Using WSUS on a Server with Limited Disk Space

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) provides several advantages for any Windows network. One of the common misconceptions is that you need a significant amount of free disk space to use WSUS at all, but that’s not the case.

When installing WSUS, simply uncheck the Store Updates Locally checkbox. This will allow you to use WSUS to approve and manage the updates that are deployed to your workstations without storing them on the server itself. When a client needs to install updates, it will simply download them directly from Microsoft Update based upon what you have approved!


Chris Sanders is a network consultant for KeeFORCE, one of the most popular network consulting firms in western Kentucky. Chris is the author of the book Practical Packet Analysis as well as several technical articles. His personal website at contains a great deal of information, articles, and guides related to network administration, network security, packet analysis, and general information technology.

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