Move the Local Update Storage Location

Applies To: Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1, Windows Server Update Services, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

If you store updates on the local WSUS server, you can move the update files to a different location by using the wsusutil.exe tool. This can become necessary if the storage disk becomes full, or if a hardware change causes the computer to use a different drive to store the update file.


Only local volumes are supported for storage locations.

Follow these steps to move the storage location:

To move local update files

  1. Create the new file path for the new local WSUS update storage location.

  2. Find and run the wsusutil.exe tool by following the instructions at Manage WSUS 3.0 SP2 from the Command Line.

  3. Run the following command:

wsusutil movecontent contentpath logfile[-skipcopy]


  - *contentpath* is the new path for local WSUS update files.  
  - *logfile* is the log file.  
  - *\[-skipcopy\]* is an optional parameter that lets you change the storage location without copying the update files.  

See Also


Manage WSUS 3.0 SP2 from the Command Line