How To: Expire Third Party Updates via the Shavlik Patch Plugin and How to Run the WSUS Server Cleanup

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    This document is meant to provide information on how to expire third party updates via the Shavlik Patch plugin, and how to run the WSUS Server Cleanup to remove expired updates and free up space on the WSUS server.



    When using the Shavlik Patch plugin for Microsoft System Center you have the ability to expire updates from the 'Published Third-Party Updates' section.


    How to expire third party updates:

    1) Click the the category for 'Published Third-Party Updates

    2) Check any updates you want to expire.

    3) Click the button to 'Expire xx updates'.

    4) You will be prompted with a confirmation. Click Yes to expire the selected updates.

       Note: Once the updates are expired - there is no option to re-publish or re-deploy these updates.



    Expired patches don't automaticlly get removed from WSUS. The WSUS clean up tool needs to be run to perform clean up. This will allow you to remove many things that are no longer used including expired updates which in turn may help free up disk space.


    How to run the WSUS clean up utility:


    1) On the WSUS server, open the Windows Server Update Services console. (Best to run as administrator)



    2) Expand your WSUS server, then click on Options.

    3) Click on 'Server Cleanup Wizard'.



    4) Check off anything that you want to clean off the WSUS server. Notice 'Expired updates' can be chosen by itself if you wish.

    5) Click Next.



    6) The wizard will run through the cleanup, and you'll be provided a summary when the cleanup is finished.

    7) Click Finish.



    *Note: The WSUS cleanup tool is not provided or supported by Shavlik. If you have issues running the WSUS clean up wizard, ensure you are as running as administrator. Contact Microsoft support for further assistance if you face other problems running this tool.


    Affected Product(s)

    Shavlik Patch for Microsoft System Center