Understanding the Benefits of Keeping Your WSUS Clean

by | Last updated 2023.03.29 | Published on 2023.04.05 | Blog

Some people, perhaps like yourself, might be unaware that WSUS maintenance is needed. You can’t just set it up and pretend it doesn’t exist. If you don’t regularly clean and maintain your WSUS, you’ll notice performance issues with the server. We’ll go over the benefits of keeping your WSUS clean and maintained properly. And, we’ll teach you the easiest way to do so!

Why keep your WSUS clean?


1. Improved performance 

Keeping your WSUS clean will help ensure that the server is running optimally and efficiently. This is because it will reduce the amount of unnecessary data stored in the database. This, in turn, helps shorten the time it takes to process updates. Cleaning up your WSUS also helps make sure that only relevant updates are being downloaded and installed, and that can enhance system security and reliability.

2. Reduced storage requirements 

Another benefit to keeping your WSUS clean is that it leads to reduced storage requirements. Basically, removing unnecessary files and updates that are no longer needed reduces the amount of disk space required to store them. This frees up disk space and lowers the amount of data that needs to be stored. Plus, reducing the amount of data that needs to be processed helps your WSUS perform better.

3. Improved security

A clean WSUS helps ensure that only approved and necessary updates are installed on your network. This ultimately lessens the risk of malicious software being installed. By cleaning your WSUS, you remove outdated or vulnerable software from the server, cutting down on security risks. On top of that, it keeps all the patches and updates that are available up-to-date, which limits the risk of a security breach.

4. Reduced bandwidth usage 

Finally, getting rid of unnecessary updates from the WSUS database lowers the amount of bandwidth used to download them from Microsoft’s servers. Since the amount of data that needs to be downloaded will be reduced, less bandwidth will be used when clients check for updates. And, by removing old and obsolete updates, the server will be able to process update requests much more quickly.  

WAM for WSUS Cleanup & Maintenance

It can be a pain doing all these little administrative tasks. But, you don’t have to do it all manually! Our software exists so you focus on the important stuff while WAM handles all the little things in the background. 

WAM has functions including removing drivers, removing declined updates, cleaning synchronization logs, compressing update revisions, computer object cleanup, and so much more! WSUS Automated Maintenance – WAM – really is the best way to clean and maintain your WSUS server because:

  • It’s automated and basically all done for you.
  • It’s faster because it’s easy to set up and run.
  • It frees up your time for more important things.
  • The defaults work for almost everyone.
  • It provides flexibility and customization.
  • You can do a lot with it if you want to learn!

What are you waiting for?

WAM your server today!

At AJ Tek, our vision is to make IT simple and automated for other IT professionals. Our flagship product is WAM, WSUS Automated Maintenance. This system performs all of the tasks that a WSUS Administrator needs to do to maintain WSUS properly only leaving the approving of updates and reporting to the WSUS Administrator.

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