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 a great deal more time patching or additional time slipstreaming image deploys, it would be a much better use of time if Microsoft resumed shipping these very useful rollups.
These updates should also be listed in a single place, not the blogs people relied on before. Microsoft should house the source of truth here.
Related: can we add a category to this UserVoice for patching/updated or similar?
Nick Craver commented
@Peter - to make images; the raw download is easier to script and slipstream. I agree they should also be in Windows Update, as they were before...possibly an assumption I should have explicitly added to the issue.
Joel Coehoorn commented
Even an annual roll-up would greatly help.
Why hunt them down? They should be part of Windows Update.