Another second Tuesday of the month, another set of updates, on my Windows Server 2012 Core I get:
List of applicable items on the machine: 1> Update for Windows Server 2012 (KB2769165) 21> Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 10 for Windows Server 2012 (KB2792100) 26> Security Update for Windows Server 2012 (KB2778344) Select an option: (A)ll updates, (N)o updates or (S)elect a single update?
As you see there is one update for IE10 which my machine does not have, so much for 'applicable'.
I could now select the other 25 updates one by one which would be a pain, so I go for All.
When done, the installed hotfixes include one for KB2792100, the IE patch.
Okay that one was a recommended update, not a critical one, but still why does it download 14MB and installs it, shouldn't it figure out that this is a Server Core installation which does not have Internet Explorer?
Or does it actually patches the IE files that are somewhere in WinSxS just in case I may change into GUI mode some time in the future?
One marketing argument by Microsoft for Server Core is that it requires less patching, is that actually true?