Installation and Patching

How can we improve the installation and patching of Windows Server?

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  1. WSUS Console search improvements

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

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    • 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.

      23 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…

        139 votes
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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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          • Official tool to search for newest patches related to Server Role

            It would be great to have tool, where I could search for newest patches which are usually not released to Windows Update. So before calling support I could just validate my server if it has all components up-to-date. Or if there is a fix for certain server component.

            58 votes
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            • Hotfix checking for roles you are running on server

              Add an option to check what hotfixes (in addition to normal updates) are available for server roles that are running. Something like now manually checking against HyperV and clustering available HotFix list.

              25 votes
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              • Provide Cluster Aware Updating functionality for normal Servers

                CAU is a pretty handy tool for patching clusters. It would be great to have this automated and centralized patching functionality also for non clustered windows servers!

                23 votes
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                • Powershell cmdlets/automation to deploy update baseline to multiple servers

                  A mechanism where you can patch n servers to a baseline via native PS cmdlets

                  13 votes
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