Help my Windows Server 2012 (2016) deduplicated drive is gone crazy (not releasing space)

I make use of deduplication feature on Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2016 quite extensively. And, it does wonders. Its deduplication ranges from 10% (wsus content, backup server) to upwards of 55% ( File Share servers and SCCM Distribution Points with ISOs and .wim images, as well as packages and applications).

Recently, a case was brought to my attention where a  drive with wsusContent on freshly installed Windows 2016 server has started running out of space. Initial drive size was about 100GB, and after fe Continue reading →

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WSUS 2016 error: Report Viewer 2012 Redistributable is required for this feature.

Trying to generate reports on SUS 2016 gives out  an error stating that its missing  “The Microsoft Report Viewer  2012 Redistributable is required for this feature”

Head over to Microsoft’s website to download and install the “The MICROSOFT® REPORT VIEWER 2012 RUNTIME”  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35747

During its installation  you might get another error, this time warning you about missing ” Microsoft System CLR Types for SQL Server 2012

And then Report Viewer installations fails with below error.

 

If that is the case, then you will need to do the following:

TL;DR

  1. Download and install Microsoft® System CLR Types for Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012
  2. Re-install the Report Viewer 2012

Long version

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Migrating WSUS to a new Windows 2016 server, and 2014 standalone SQL server

Plan is to retain current WSUS data and configuration while moving the SUS service from old Windows 2016 TP 5 server to an new fully licensed Windows 2016 Standard server, and move database from WID to a standalone SQL 2014 server.

1)   Setup a new Windows 2016 Server, update. Patch, reboot. Install the WSUS role on it, choose the WID database during the install. Make sure to point to a drive\folder for wsusContent.
a. Copy the wsusContent folder from old server to the new one. Make sure you placing it to the proper drive\path, you identified during post-install configuration for new WSUS service.
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