We've been learning (i.e. playing) on a first time install of Patch Manager and have created odd computer/patch groups, deleted update packages, so on and so on. Aside from a wipe and reload, what is the best way to reset the software and database to their initial settings and design. Re-run the install package? Will that wipe / recreate the database (separate SQL server) as well as restore the interface to original, factory content?
Truly it depends on the extent of your playing.
Groups can easily be deleted.
Third-Party Update Packages can simply be re-synchronized.
Microsoft-published packages that have been deleted are gone; that would require either re-importing the packages from the Microsoft Catalog or reinstalling the WSUS server.
No doubt, though, the *easiest* way to 'reset to factory condition' is to uninstall and reinstall.