Windows Updates in SCCM - WsusContent size

Ed R 136 Reputation points

With WSUS, the option "Do not store update files locally" was great because I didn't care to store them, and didn't have enough disk space.
Now I'm getting SCCM set up to distribute Windows Updates, and there does not appear to be an option to avoid storing them locally. Oh well.

I initially chose full installation and express installation files, but changed to just Full when I saw the size of the WsusContent increasing. With only a few Windows 10 Products selected, the size kept growing dramatically over a few days. It's currently at 1.66 TB, and stopped since it's out of room. I've seen other threads about the wsuscontent folder being about 200 GB in size.

Is this normal? What did I do wrong?




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  1. Eswar Koneti 2,196 Reputation points

    If you have integrated WSUS with ConfigMgr and not using any 3rd party updates, the wsuscontent folder usually contains the metadata only but not the actual executable files (.exe or .msi etc). This folder should not be more than 10GB, in my lab that i have enabled all products with 30 clients for patching, wsuscontent folder is hardly not more than 5GB.

    It looks like you have some automatic approval rules enabled in WSUS options which might be causing the content download.
    Check in WSUS console, options, automatic approval rule. There should not be any rule selected.

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  1. Adam J. Marshall 8,541 Reputation points MVP

    200? Mine is about 80-85GB. We also have some customers who have 26GB and 36GB stores but they have it really trimmed down.

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  2. Harjit Dhaliwal - MSFT 166 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    Here's a Microsoft Doc to help with maintenance of WSUS/Configmgr SUP.

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  3. Fiona Yan-MSFT 2,311 Reputation points

    @Ed R

    Thank you for posting in Microsoft Q&A forum.

    1. If we want to run the server cleanup from Powershell, try the cmdlet "Invoke-WsusServerCleanup", it has the same impact as running the Cleanup Wizard from within the WSUS Console application and allows the specification of the same options as parameters.
      Please refer to the following link:
    2. Also, the following article has several useful scripts including re-indexing the database which should be added into your maintenance plan.

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