Storing Updates in System Center Essentials 2010

Applies To: System Center Essentials 2010

When you install System Center Essentials 2010, Setup prompts you to select where to store program files, software and update files. By default, the drive or partition with the most available free disk space is selected.

You must also specify how to manage system updates and program updates that you download from Microsoft Update. You can choose from one of the following storage options:

  • Store updates locally—Updates stored on a local computer are downloaded one time and then delivered to the managed computers over the network. For example, when stored locally, one update for 50 computers is downloaded one time to the Essentials management server, and then served 50 times to the managed computers. If Internet connectivity is limited in your network infrastructure, consider storing updates locally.

  • Store updates at Microsoft Update—Updates stored on Microsoft Update are downloaded each time a computer has to be updated. Using the same example, one update for 50 computers is downloaded 50 times, one time to each computer. Storing updates on Microsoft Update uses less disk space than on the local server.

To change the software and update file location on the local computer after installation, use WSUSUtil.exe. You must be a member of the local Administrators group on the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server, and you must run the command on the WSUS server itself to change the storage location for software and update files.

To change the location for storing software and update files

  1. Open a command shell.

  2. Navigate to the directory that contains WSUSutil.exe:

    cd <WSUSInstallationDirectory>\Tools

  3. Type the following command:

    wsusutil.exe movecontent <contentpath><logfile>

    For example, type:

    wsusutil.exe movecontent D:\WSUS\ D:\move.log

    where D:\WSUS is the new path for local WSUS update storage, and D:\move.log is the path to the log file.

For more information about changing the software and update file storage location, see Specifying Where to Store the Updates in the Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP2 Operations Guide (

See Also


Environmental Prerequisites and Considerations for System Center Essentials 2010