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  1. Fix Windows Update to Expire Cumulative Updates When New One Released

    Why is my Windows Server 2016 1607 installing, in order:
    2018-05 Cumulative Update
    (Download, reboot)
    2018-06 Cumulative Update
    (Download, reboot)
    2018-07 Cumulative Update
    (Download, reboot)

    If the update is cumulative, should not only the last one be requited? This is an incredibly wasteful and annoying time sink.

    9 votes
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      1 comment  ·  Deployment & Installation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • More that "Preparing" in Server 2016

      When patching Windows Server 2016 (maybe 10 as well) it always says "Preparing to install". Doesn't matter if it's checking for updates, downloading updates, or installing updates. It always shows "Preparing to install". Right now I'm patching three new Server 2016 VM Templates and they all show "Preparing to install updates xx%".

      Can we please go back to the Win2012 and previous messages that showed what was actually being done, not what we're preparing for?

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        0 comments  ·  Patch Behaviors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • pwsh should have an install, probably via 'make install' for linux versions

        Currently for arch it looks like someone dissassembles your .deb package and moves things around. It would be a lot easier on us to just be able to make install, or at least for a suggested folder structure to go into the .tar.gz. At very least, the files should be put into a subdirectory as is the norm with all linux installs. I ruined my download folder with the current package

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        • Update KB4057903 has a bug

          Exchage within a Hyper-V VM with Windows Server 2012 r2: Update KB4057903 leads to an almost unresponsive server. I could reproduce the behaviour twice by deinstalling the update. Please, provide a new version of KB4057903 without the bug. Thanks.

          See also the discussion in https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/387da0db-6046-4838-9db7-c8ddcb6810da/update-kb4057903-fails-in-windows-server-2012-r2-hyperv?forum=winserverhyperv

          46 votes
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            16 comments  ·  Windows Update  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • [New tool] [WSUS] WSUS Server should be manageable via Windows Admin Center

            On the Windows Admin Center Manager WSUS, allow updates, allow machines, create groups ...

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            • import updates server 2016

              Please fix the broken link when importing updates into WSUS in Server 2016 from the update catalog.

              The issue is that the link contains a protocol version 1.20 at the end but the correct version is 1.80!

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              • WSUS Console search improvements

                WSUS should have an easy way to search for all updates for a specific product

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                  0 comments  ·  Patch Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Fix Windows updates!

                  Does anyone else out there feel the same as I do about Microsoft and their completely broken update system.

                  I am at my wits end with these huge cumulative updates that just fail 90% of the time on every Server and Windows 10 PC. I have to spend so much time manually installing these updates and it is got to the point where I am beginning to really hate Microsoft! I used to be a loyal fan of their tech but my patience is now at an all time low.

                  Sort it Microsoft, tell your update team that they have…

                  22 votes
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                  • make "scheduled install day/time" GPO setting work for server 2016

                    the "Scheduled install day" and "scheduled install time" group policy settings under "computer/administrative templates/windows components/windows update/configure automatic updates" are being ignored by server 2016 in favor of "active hours." having active hours on servers is utterly ridiculous. I need certain servers to reboot in a certain order only on Saturday nights.

                    18 votes
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                    • Ease migration from Windows Server 2016 to Windows Server Semi-Annual

                      It would be nice to have a way to easily upgrade or migrate from Windows Server 2016 to Windows Server Semi-Annual

                      6 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Upgrade & MIgrate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow adding a shortcut for Windows Update UI on Server 2016

                        In Windows Server 2012 R2 or earlier you could create a shortcut to the Windows Update section of the control panel. In 2016 you can no longer (that I could find) do this. While most all of our updating/patching is automated sometimes and for a few servers we manually update.

                        Having this shortcut saves me from having to search for "windows update" every time I need to go to use it.

                        Can we add a method for creating a shortcut to put on the task bar or on the desktop to Windows Update? If it's already available how does one…

                        3 votes
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                        • Windows update troubleshooter (server 2016)

                          Windows update troubleshooter (fully patched server 2016) using the built-in tool always reports 0x80070057 "potential windows update database error detected" If you run the tool available here then no errors are reported. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4027322/windows-update-troubleshooter

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                          • Update WSUS to allow Azure Active Directory Authentication

                            Can WSUS be updated to use Azure Active Directory Authentication in addition to Windows Integrated? I'd love to be able to offload the WSUS database into the Azure Cloud Database As A Service - SQL Database offering.

                            As an added bonus, it would also be great if it could also use Azure's new 'Managed Identity Provider' so that, if I have WSUS hosted on an Azure VM, it can just grab needed authorizations through there.

                            3 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Patch Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Please provide full information what is fixed in cumulative updates

                              Please provide full information what is fixed in cumulative updates. What kind of information is this:

                              https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4038782
                              Security updates to Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Windows shell, Microsoft Uniscribe, Microsoft Edge, Windows scripting, Device Guard, Windows TPM, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Hyper-V, Windows kernel, and the Windows DHCP Server.

                              We need proper description of fixes for an OS we pay licenses.

                              43 votes
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                              • Provide new Update KB4072650 and 4057903 or scrap it alltogether

                                The server works fine without the update. So why do we need it??

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                                • FIX the Windows Update Log issues with Windows 10 and Server 2016

                                  Include al necessary symbol files and updates to base OS and current updates. Many environments do not allow server access (and in some instances workstation access) to the internet to update symbol files as needed. I have tried every posted articles suggestions on getting the windows update log into useful, understandable English, with the only success being to reimage my windows 10 Enterprise desktop. I refuse to do so with my domain 2016 servers!

                                  36 votes
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                                    4 comments  ·  WSUS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Show more detail when installing updates during shutdown/reboot

                                    Installing a Windows Server 2016 cumulative update (e.g. after setting up a new server) can take pretty long. After a few minutes, the unchanging message "Getting Windows ready / Don't turn off your computer", despite its looping dots, stops inspiring confidence that progress is being made.

                                    Monitoring %windir%\Logs\CBS\CBS.log helps slightly, at least until "CommitPackagesState: Started persisting state of packages".

                                    I would therefore request that
                                    * on Windows Server, and optionally on Windows 10 as a configurable option, the "Getting Windows ready" screen shows additional detail, similar to the output in CBS.log (e.g. "processing package 1564/7144 for KB4025339")
                                    * if possible,…

                                    20 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Patch Behaviors  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • URGENT: Seperate Category for Preview Update Rollups needed!

                                      Actually it is not really possible to use automatic acknowledgement rules without acknowledgeing any Preview security or preview feature upates for Windows 7, 8.1 etc.

                                      Please put them a seperate WSUS Category e.g. preview rollups so that an effective testing can be made with rulesets and a test group of computers.

                                      26 votes
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                                      • installation of kb4038777 on 2008 R2 domain controllers causes LDAP to break for certain applications.

                                        after much troubleshooting this morning, we were forced to uninstall kb4038777 on our 2008 r2 domain controllers and restart them. it appears LDAP authentication is failing over port 389 for a handful of our applications, as well as our production mailarchiva instance.

                                        was curious if anyone else had seen / experienced similar.

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                                        • KB4035036 - .NET Preview August 2017 for .NET 4.6.1 installs .NET 4.7 DLLs

                                          Hi All,

                                          it looks like that ndp46-kb4033990-x64 one of the Updates included in
                                          KB4035036-August 2017 Preview of the Quality Rollups for the .NET Framework 3.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, and 4.7 for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (https://support.microsoft.com/kb/4035036)

                                          patches the wrong .NET 4.6.1 DLLs on a Windows 2008 R2 Server.

                                          Registry sill says .NET 4.6.1 (394271) is installed, but

                                          the new patched files have a signature from 4.7.
                                          For e.g: mscorlib.dll has after the patch 4.7.2106.0.

                                          There a some third-party products, that have problems with .NET 4.7, like OpenEdge Progress.(https://knowledgebase.progress.com/articles/Article/gui-net-application-crashes-after-net-upgrade-to-4-7).

                                          And after…

                                          2 votes
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