If you need to move your WSUS content files to a new hard drive on the same server do the following:

  1. On the new drive create a folder named WSUS and a subfolder named WSUSContent
  2. Launch a CMD window as an Administrator
  3. CD to C:\Program Files\Update Services\Tools\
  4. Type wsusutil.exe movecontent %content path% %logfile%
    Example: wsusutil.exe movecontent f:\WSUS\WSUSContent f:\WSUS\wsus.log
    In my case it took about 30 mins to move 60+GB.
    Note that MOVECONTENT does not move it only copies, so you need to delete the originals if you want the space back (see steps 5-9 below!)
  5. Rename your old content source to something like C:\WSUS\OLD-WsusContent
  6. Start (or restart) the UPDATE SERVICES service
  7. Start the UPDATE SERVICS
  8. Make sure your WSUS Management Console and play around to confirm it is functional
  9. OPTIONAL: Delete the original content folder that you renamed in step 5


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John · February 18, 2022 at 12:55 pm

Worked on Server 2016. Good article.

    Ian Matthews · February 21, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    Glad to hear it. Thanks John!

Mohammad · September 17, 2018 at 9:17 pm

Thank you very much!!!
Good hints . . .

oceansgr · February 22, 2018 at 1:19 am

Thank you for instruction. Works good!

Prat · March 6, 2017 at 10:05 am

Good Article.. did it on Windows 2008 R2, worked fine

Lee · February 3, 2017 at 10:53 am

Thank you for this article, it was very helpful.

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