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  1. KB4015553 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL 2008 R2 creates System Kernel Process Handle/Thread Leak

    KB4015553 on a Windows Server 21012 R2 with SQL 2008 R2 creates a System Kernel Process Handle/Thread Leak. It is easy to see in the Task Manager after adding the Handle/Thread count columns. The counts increase nearly 1 per second until the OS and system is unresponsive and collapses.

    Another indicator is in the event logs, 4231 events appear: Description:
    A request to allocate an ephemeral port number from the global TCP
    port space has failed due to all such ports being in use.

    But the ephemeral port alert is not the root cause.

    7 votes
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      4 comments  ·  Patch Behaviors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • KB3213986 Causes Logon Failures When Starting BITS Service - Please fix

      After installing update KB3213986 on Server 2016 Desktop Experience, a failed logon is logged every time the BITS service is started.

      Failed Logon Event:
      Log Name: Security
      Source: Microsoft-Windows-Security-Auditing
      Date: 2/27/2017 1:27:10 PM
      Event ID: 4625
      Task Category: Logon
      Level: Information
      Keywords: Audit Failure
      User: N/A
      Computer: PLB-DXX-TP01.dev-products.local
      Description:
      An account failed to log on.

      Subject:
      Security ID: SYSTEM
      Account Name: PLB-DXX-TP01$
      Account Domain: DEV-PRODUCTS
      Logon ID: 0x3E7

      Logon Type: 5

      Account For Which Logon Failed:
      Security ID: NULL SID
      Account Name: -
      Account Domain: -

      Failure Information:
      Failure Reason: An Error occured during Logon.
      Status: 0xC0000073
      Sub Status: 0xC0000073

      10 votes
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        6 comments  ·  Patch Behaviors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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          1 comment  ·  Windows Update  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Change update behavior on Windows Server 2016

          In server 2016 when downloading an update it also installs the same time (no option to only download), then the 12hour window begins, when this is over and time is outside worktimeframe (which is a somehow strange setting for a server) the server automatically reboots.

          The same when I install something microsoft related during workhours which normaly has no effect on user experience, but if setup installs also a patch then the reboot countdown also starts.

          Please change back to the old behavior where downloading updates and installing them where different tasks and also rebooting had to be user initiated.

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            0 comments  ·  Windows Update  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Increase Active Hours from 12 hours to 22 hours

            The current 12 hour window for "Active Hours" needs to be longer so the updates/reboots can happen in the middle of the night.

            4 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Patch Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Increase limit of 3rd party categories in WSUS

              Currently there is a limit of 100 3party (non-microsoft) categories in WSUS.

              We are using a 3party patchsupplier (Shavlik, now Ivanti) and this limit of 100 categories is a big limitation for us.

              1 vote
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                0 comments  ·  WSUS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Get-WsusComputer -ComputerUpdateStatus failed -ComputerTargetGroups clients <-- this lists ALL in the target group, instead of only those

                Get-WsusComputer -ComputerUpdateStatus failed -ComputerTargetGroups clients <-- this lists ALL in the target group, instead of only those that have status=failed

                Same result if I use -IncludedInstallationStates Failed too.

                2 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  WSUS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • WSUS does not display the operating system for Windows 2016 servers as 2016 servers. It shows them as Window 10 machines.

                  WSUS 2012 does not display the operating system for Windows 2016 servers as 2016 servers. It shows them as Window 10 machines.

                  . Background
                  WSUS 2012 does not display the operating system for Windows 2016 servers as 2016 servers. It shows them as Window 10 machines.

                  Problem Description
                  This creates a fair amount of confusion as we know these are Server 2016 systems but we can’t be certain that they’re being updated properly without examining each system to ensure it has the current platform-specific updates

                  2 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  WSUS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • PowerShell for Windows Deployment Services lacking and/or broken

                    Trying to automate the process of building boot image and installation image into WDS. It is nice to see some PowerShell commands, but there are still things that appear not to be possible to do with PowerShell and must resort to WDSutil. For example, I cannot find a cmdlet to create a new driver group. I have to issue the wdsutil command to create the driver group. I can then add all my drivers into the group using PowerShell, but then there does not appear to be a way to use PowerShell to filter the drivers by group to be…

                    2 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  WDS & MDT  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Remove supersedence logic from Server 2012 R2 security patches

                      Currently the non quality security updates are superseded by the security quality updates. This causes most of the standard reporting to break for companies that do not need or want the quality updates for security patches. 3rd party scanners also will show servers as non patched if a company only installs the non quality package. Please do not set the quality updates to supersede the non quality updates. This will prevent companies from having to spend large amounts of development time to rework their processes that worked for several years.

                      4 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Patch Behaviors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • KB3159706 make WSUS console crash.

                        After install KB3159706, WSUS console can't be opened. Need to do post installation action. It did make trouble. At firs, user doesn't know what cause this problem. After spending time to search for solution, user figure out that this problem is caused by KB3159706. It waste user's time. It's better to have a way to warning user that there is known issue in the update patch when user install the update patch.

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                          0 comments  ·  WSUS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • IIS logging for WSUS

                          Minimize number of 500 errors in IIS logs due to recycling of WSUS AppPool during client scans as it causes excessive false positives in monitoring systems.

                          5 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  WSUS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Provide full powershell integration for patching

                            There should full powershell integration for both WSUS and Server Side WU Client. This would enable scenarios such as post reboot checks for additional patches and mass patching automation.
                            It would also allow for things like managing small server deployments that don't have WSUS by being able to use remote powershell to query the patches currently installed on servers, check for available patches and then tell them to remediate and reboot if required.
                            Currently these can be done mostly through WMI and customer powershell scripts that wrap around these, but it really needs proper integration.
                            Having powershell to query required…

                            110 votes
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                              8 comments  ·  Patch Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Windows Deployment Services should not need the GUI

                              As the title says, at the moment it is impossible to install WDS in server core mode, I personally would like to have a PXE server on a server core instance

                              8 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  WDS & MDT  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Configuration process - wait for Update to complete, before "auto-restart"

                                Hi Dev Team,

                                Configuration process (Add / Remove Roles) should check if Updates are being downloaded / installed, before restarting the system.

                                Cheers

                                4 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Patch Behaviors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Remove Windows Store form Windows Server

                                  No one need that on a Server.

                                  6 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  Misc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Give us back lightning-fast Updates

                                    Consider having the entire Component-based Servicing Infrastructure running from RAM if available and as far as is possible.

                                    I've done extensive analysis and testing to what CSI is actually doing. While no doubt it is much much more secure/reliable then for example WinXP updates were, it does have a significant drawback, which hurts even more in Virtualization. Let me ask you: What do you commonly have enough of in Virtualization ? CPU ? Yes, Mem. ? Usually, also yes, Network ? Usually, yes, Disk I/O ? NO. Usually, disk I/O is the common bottleneck in most Virtualization-environments I've come across…

                                    5 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Patch Behaviors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Resume monthly Windows Update rollup releases for Windows 2012R2

                                      The monthly Windows Update rollup releases greatly sped up creating a machine from scratch, upgrading an image to latest, and just patching machines. These rollups ceased shipping in December 2014. There has been no rollup release in over 14 months for the current latest production server OS from Microsoft.

                                      This translates to over a hundred updates (about 150 past the last rollup) and a few reboots, multiple ngen passes for .Net that aren't needed. Only the last of these time-costly operations needs to run, a handy side-effect the rollup has.

                                      Instead on thousands of tens of thousands of sysadmins spending…

                                      23 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  Patch Behaviors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • More granular control of Windows Update policy scheduled install time.

                                        When configuring the Windows Update Policy, you can only select the day and whole hours as scheduled install day. I would like to be able to configure hours and minutes (example 8 hrs and 15 minutes).

                                        Also recurrencies like "every second tuesday of the month) would be beneficial.

                                        8 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Windows Update  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Cleanup Windows update cache file

                                          Cleanup automatically the cache file of the windows update file, or permit to put it on other disk that system disk

                                          6 votes
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