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Negative of Delete Previously Downloaded Data?

Created: 06 Mar 2013 | 4 comments

In PMS 7.1, the checkbox to "Delete previously downloaded data for vendors, software and languages that are now excluded" is not selected by default.  Help indicates that "If you leave this option unchecked, you can perform partial metadata refresh and save time and bandwidth."  I started looking at this checkbox because I was wondering about the steps involved in cleaning up bulletins that are fully superseded.  Is enabling this checkbox going in the right direction or am I looking elsewhere to delete old bulletins from the server's hard drive?

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Roman Vassiljev's picture

Hi Clint,
In case if checkbox "Delete previously downloaded data for vendors, software and languages that are now excluded" is enabled, previously imported patch data for excluded software or excluded language will be cleaned up (Bulletins will be excluded from Patch Remediation Center, SWU Advertisements will be removed from SWU policies, etc). Software or languages may be excluded in Import Patch Data for Windows task settings.
So this checkbox will not help you to clean up bulletins that are fully superseded.

Thanks,
Roman

Clint's picture

So if every single update in a bulletin has been superseded (i.e. to me this means the bulletin's fully superseded), are you still saying having the checkbox enabled won't help to clear disk space on the server?  Am I to understand that the checkbox only clears out the SMC, visually, but the underlying patch packages aren't removed?  If this is the case, is there a reason for not putting in this functionality?

Clint

Roman Vassiljev's picture

Hi Clint,

Yes, it is correct - this checkbox stops distribution of superseded updates (these updates become disabled in SWU policies), but it does not remove patch packages.

Thanks,
Roman