Step 2: Copying Updates from the File System

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server Update Services

Copy updates from the file system of the exporting server to the file system of the importing server. The procedures described below use the Windows Backup or Restore Wizard, but you can use any utility you like, including xcopy. The object is to copy updates from the file system on the exporting server to the files system of the importing server. When you copy files to the importing server, you must maintain the folder structure for all folders under the content directory. Make sure that the updates appear in the folder on the importing server that has been designated to store updates; this designation is typically made during the setup process. You should also consider using an incremental backup system to limit the amount of data you need to move each time you refresh the server on the disconnected network.

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

  2. In the Run dialog box, type ntbackup. The Backup or Restore Wizard starts by default, unless it is disabled. You can use this wizard or click the link to work in Advanced Mode and use the following steps.

  3. Click the Backup tab, and then select the folder where updates are stored on the exporting server. By default, WSUS stores updates at WSUSInstallationDrive\WSUS\WSUSContent\, where WSUSInstallationDrive is the drive on which WSUS is installed.

  4. In the Backup media or file name box, type a path and file name for the backup (.bkf) file.

  5. Click Start Backup. The Backup Job Information dialog box appears.

  6. Click Advanced. Under Backup Type, click Incremental.

  7. From the Backup Job Information dialog box, click Start Backup to start the backup operation.

  8. Copy the backup file you just created to the importing server.

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

  2. In the Run dialog box, type ntbackup. The Backup or Restore Wizard starts by default, unless it is disabled. You can use this wizard or click the link to work in Advanced Mode and use the following steps.

  3. Click the Restore and Manage Media tab, and select the backup file you created on the exporting server. If the file does not appear, right-click File, and then click Catalog File to add the location of the file.

  4. In the Restore files to box, click Alternate location. This option preserves the folder structure of the updates; all folders and subfolders will appear in the folder you designate. You must maintain the directory structure for all folders under \WSUSContent.

  5. Under Alternate location, specify the folder where updates are stored on the importing server. By default, WSUS stores updates at WSUSInstallationDrive\WSUS\WSUSContent\, where WSUSInstallationDrive is the drive on which WSUS is installed. Updates must appear in the folder on the importing server designated to hold updates; this is typically done during installation.

  6. Click Start Restore. When the Confirm Restore dialog box appears, click OK to start the restore operation.

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