On some of our older and more crusty SBS 2003 R2 installs with WSUS v3 installed, we need to run the Cleanup Wizard on a fairly regular basis to keep the SBS Reports from having a blank page with an error.
Given that some of these older boxes may not have multiple cores or even HyperThreading enabled on them, the cleanup process can actually impact the server’s performance big time.
When the wizard starts, the process should actually be run in two steps.
The first step will take anywhere up to 30-60 minutes depending on the age and speed of the box.
The second step can take _days_ even on boxes we frequently run the wizard on.
The Cleanup complete screen below actually took close to 36 hours to complete:
Besides being a part of our regular maintenance routine on both SBS 2003 and SBS 2008 boxes, we also need to run the wizard prior to running a migration to make sure to trim things down.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book