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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

How to backup and restore WSUS



WSUS is a key technology in maintaining any Windows network. From servers to clients to major Microsoft software packages, WSUS will make life easier on you. The following instructions were taken from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc708546(WS.10).aspx.

To back up the update file storage folder

1. On your WSUS server, click Start, and then click Run.

2. In the Open box, type %systemdrive%\%windir%\system32\ntbackup.exe and then click OK.

3. In the Backup or Restore Wizard, click Next.

4. Verify that Back up files and settings is selected, and then click Next.

5. Click Let me choose what to back up, and then click Next.

6. Select the WSUSContent folder (under %systemdrive%\WSUS\), and then click Next.

7. Use the Browse button to choose a place to save your backup, type a name for the backup, and then click Next.

8. If you want to set additional specifications for your backup, including whether it will be an incremental backup, whether you want to verify the backup, set a recurring schedule for the backup, or other options, click Advanced, and then follow the instructions in the wizard.

9. When the wizard is finished, click Finish.

10. When the message appears that informs you that the backup is complete, click Close.

To back up the WSUS database

1. On your WSUS server, click Start, and then click Run.

2. In the Open box, type %systemdrive%\%windir%\system32\ntbackup.exe and then click OK.

3. In the Backup or Restore Wizard, click Next.

4. Verify that Back up files and settings is selected, and then click Next.

5. Click Let me choose what to back up, and then click Next.

6. Under %systemdrive%\WSUS\MSSQL$WSUS\, select the Data and LOG folders, and then click Next.

7. Use the Browse button to choose a place to save your backup, type a name for the backup, and then click Next.

8. If you want to set additional specifications for your backup, including whether it will be an incremental backup, whether you want to verify the backup, set a recurring schedule for the backup, or other options, click Advanced, and then follow the prompts that appear in the wizard.

9. When the wizard is finished, click Finish.

10. When the message appears that informs you that the backup is complete, click Close.

To restore the update file storage folder

1. On your WSUS server, click Start, and then click Run.

2. In the Open box, type %systemdrive%\%windir%\system32\ntbackup.exe and then click OK.

3. In the Backup or Restore Wizard, click Next.

4. Click Restore files and settings, and then click Next.

5. In the What to restore dialog box, under Items to restore, expand the file that contains the WSUSContent folder (under%systemdrive%\WSUS\), and then click Next.

Alternatively, you can select a subset of the %systemdrive%\WSUS\WSUSContent folder to restore. Within the%systemdrive%\WSUS\WSUSContent folder, you can restore one, all, or a combination of its subfolders and files.

6. If you want to set additional specifications for your restore, including whether you want to restore the files or folders to a different location, replace existing files, restore security settings, or specify other options, click Advanced, and then follow the instructions in the wizard.

7. When the wizard is finished, click Finish.

8. When the message appears that informs you that restoring is complete, click Close.

To restore the WSUS database

1. On your WSUS server, click Start, and then click Run.

2. In the Open box, type %systemdrive%\%windir%\system32\ntbackup.exe and then click OK.

3. In the Backup or Restore Wizard, click Next.

4. Click Restore files and settings, and then click Next.

5. In the What to restore dialog box, under Items to restore, expand the file that contains the Data and LOG folders (under%systemdrive%\WSUS\MSQL$WSUS), and then click Next.

Alternatively, you can select a subset of the %systemdrive%\WSUS\MSQL$WSUS\Data or%systemdrive%\WSUS\MSQL$WSUS\LOG folders to restore. Within the %systemdrive%\WSUS\MSQL$WSUS\Data and%systemdrive%\WSUS\MSQL$WSUS\LOG folders, you can restore one, all, or a combination of their subfolders and files.

6. If you want to set additional specifications for your restore, including whether you want to restore the files or folders to a different location, replace existing files, restore security settings, or specify other options, click Advanced, and then follow the instructions in the wizard.

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