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  1. Set e-mail configuration in WSUS API

    We can configure a new WSUS server using the COM API and PowerShell cmdlets for every option in the UI except for setting the e-mail notifications.

    We can Get them:
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/previous-versions/windows/desktop/aa349873(v%3Dvs.85)

    ...but there's no way to Set them.

    At my company, the build is fully automated including installation and configuration of WSUS, but for the e-mail notification settings.

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      1 comment  ·  WSUS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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      • [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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          1 comment  ·  WSUS  ·  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…

          24 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Windows Update  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow CNAME to be used for the WSUS SSL certificate

            Switching WSUS to run on SSL is easy, but you can only configure it to use a certificate that matches the hostname.

            We're in the age where servers are in the cloud and can be regularly rebuilt using automation, where the default hostname will change with each rebuild.

            This means that, if you're using a DNS CNAME to point clients to your WSUS server, you can't run WSUS on SSL.

            If we could configure WSUS to use a certificate that is issued using a CNAME, we can point the CNAME to the new server, and everything works. No need to…

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            • 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.

              44 votes
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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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                • 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.

                  27 votes
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                  • Please implement effective filtering options in Microsoft Update Catalog Search

                    I am missing to have more options than just a very common keyword search in Microsoft Update Catalog.

                    setting up filters like OS version, branch, x86 / x64 and update categories AND date equal / greater than would be amazingly helpful to find a specific group of updates.

                    Admit it, the current search is not very helpful if you are NOT searching for a specific KB but a set of updates.

                    E.g. try to enlist all Windows 2003 Server Updates released after January 2017. Good luck, trying.

                    12 votes
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                    • 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…

                      137 votes
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                        12 comments  ·  Patch Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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.

                        11 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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                          • 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

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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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                                • 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.

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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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                                    • 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.

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