I have a server whose WSUS has been inoperable for quite a while. I suspect it crashed when the server's system drive starting running out of space, but I really don't know for sure. The only relic I see that WSUS was ever installed is a directory
C:\WSUS containing the SQL server
MYSQL$WSUS, as well as some scheduled tasks to auto approve updates. There are no services corresponding to this database, nor do I see any installations in the Programs list for WSUS.
At this point I'm preparing to just reinstall WSUS altogether. However, I'm wondering, should I attempt to delete the
C:\WSUS directory first, or just leave it be and hope the installation will take care of it?
Using Explorer, when I try to enter the
C:\WSUS\MSSQL$WSUS\ directory, the window literally freezes for 60 seconds, which makes me think maybe something more serious could be going on. Attempting to connect the SQL Server Manager to WSUS also causes a long gui freeze.
Finally, in the Server Management console, when attempting to view the Update Services, a server error is reported, saying
File or assembly name Microsoft.UpdateServices.Administration, or one of its dependencies, was not found.
Should I just go ahead with the reinstallation attempt, or should I be doing something else to try to recovery the previous WSUS installation?