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Short answer - yes. Most of the Windows Updates are security related. Not having the patches means you're vulnerable. Longer answer - you need a procedure that covers this sort of thing. It's more rare these days, but sometimes a patch can break things, or change behavior in such a way that it's broken as far as your company is concerned. You should be ...


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Two of my three 2012R2 machines exhibited this behavior last April. They would hang at Checking for updates... forever. I never learned exactly what caused the problem, but I did get it resolved by doing the following: Stop the Windows Update service. net stop wuauserv Delete the Windows Update cache directory C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution. Remove-...


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The generic answer is it is a good practice to keep your servers updated. But pay attention to a few things: Updates may cause the server to be sluggish during installation, or even cause some downtime if they require reboot(s). You should plan to do them out of office work hours. Updates have some risk associated. They might break your server, or cause ...


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The solution depends on your configuration, and theres some things you should check first: Ensure BITS service is running: net start BITS Ensure Windows Update service is running: net start wuauserv Ensure that your machine has a unique SusClientID (especially if the system is a clone). You can delte the key, run the 3 commands below, and restart the ...


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Yes. You can install all of the updates available - via either Windows Update in your Control Panel, or the yellow WU shield in the system tray near the clock. Then, when that's done, you can do a reboot from the Start Menu (or calling shutdown /r from the command line.) The only other ways to automate it all in one step is via writing your own code (not ...


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I know this question is a bit old, but there's some untruths being posted here. There is nothing wrong with how SCCM 2012 functions, the problem is a misunderstanding of how it deploys software and updates. It is not fair to quote Microsoft when they say it was behaving "by design" and that you cannot do anything but set a deadline far into the future. This ...


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I believe, ultimately, the correct answer is "Fix your application". However, you may not be able to for any number of reasons. That being said... Which version of Windows? In Vista/2008 and up, you can tie Scheduled Tasks to specific Event IDs. In the System event log, Event ID 19 from WindowsUpdateClient, indicates successful WUA Update Installation. ...


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No, it is not safe. Having Windows Update disabled means you are not receiving latest security and other updates from Microsoft. Unless you keep downloading and installing the patches on monthly basis manually, this leaves your servers (as well as your whole environment) vulnerable to security attacks. In a long run, this might result in stability issues or ...


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TL;DR: Clear your C:\Windows\Temp directory and other Temp directories for good-measure - then it should install updates fine. Explanation: As this is an Azure VM, Microsoft's "Basic" support tier is available - granted it took 3 days to arrange a phone-call, but the support staff were able to find a workaround just today. In the CBS.log file he spotted ...


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A "preview of monthly rollup" patch is just what it says. A preview. Of a monthly rollup. Definition: A tested, cumulative set of new updates that are packaged together and distributed over Windows Update, WSUS, System Center Configuration Manager and Microsoft Update Catalog ahead of the release of the next Monthly Rollup for customers to proactively ...


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There are certain benefits to installing updates during rebooting/shut-down: The installation is not slowed down, or tampered with by other running software, AVP, etc. There's no UI to deal with, click through, etc. It goes through faster. When it's done, in case of a reboot, the computer is ready to go. Unfortunately there seems to be no way to do it with ...


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I have used this in the past without issues Wsus Offline Installer


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Run SCONFIG. Just type sconfig at the command prompt. Then choose option 6 or 7 (the exact option escapes me at the moment) for Windows Updates. You can change your Windows Update settings to install updates automatically, or you can download and install them manually, just like with the GUI. sconfig comes with Server Core out of the box. In fact I ...


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I won't speak to WHEN it will happen, since the date has fluctuated...but to answer your questions and help make this question a canonical for this topic that is sure to pop up a lot... So I assume that means there will be windows update patches available until that date? MS will continue to release new patches/updates for XP until that date. Existing ...


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I see this is an older question, but it's now possible to install updates and then reboot using Powershell. Specifically, you need to download and install the Windows Update PowerShell Module. Then, you can run the command Get-WUInstall -AcceptAll -AutoReboot (there are other switches and arguments to control what updates get installed). This will cause ...


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There isn't a Microsoft-provided "update bundle", WSUS (or SCCM) is the official update tool. In the absence of WSUS, you may consider using a tool like WSUS Offline to download and stage all the desired product updates on your network. Then, as part of your image building process, slipstream/install the updates before capture.


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Yep, you can configure the "Enabling Windows Update Power Management to automatically wake up the system to install scheduled updates" GPO setting. It requires Vista or higher: Allowing scheduled wakeup will need to be supported and enabled in your BIOS too.


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After researching this on and off for ages, i finally came across a proper fix for this issue! The problem is applicable to clients that are pointed at a WSUS server and that is where they try to pull content for Optional Features. There is a GPO setting that instructs the machine to pull Optional Feature content from Windows Update directly, rather than ...


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David's comments were helpful. Further to David's Answer, found a similar key Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer NoWindowsUpdate (REG_DWORD) - changed value from 1 to 0 - fixed it.


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or not patch at all? This is simply not an option these days. Your system will almost certainly get compromised at some point if you do not apply the required security patches. The only real question is how long you can wait after a patch release until you must install it. patch blindly Ideally you would test, but if you can't test, then at least ...


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i found this great answer here and it worked beautifully for me. Just want to share in case someone is searching: Try this at an elevated command-prompt: netsh winhttp import proxy source=ie and reboot another solution which worked for me as well was to set update mode to "Never check for updates"


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I know mfinni beat me to the punch, but I'm just going to +1 for WSUS. Specifically: Let's assume that you have multiple servers, including test and production. Let's also assume that test has similar hardware to production (which isn't a safe assumption, I know, but let's go with it--it's nice but not necessary). You could set up the following scenario ...


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It is a Server 2012 core install. Just use the command line tools. http://www.moundalexis.com/tm/2010/01/07/windows-update-wuauclt-command-line-switches/ wuauclt basically allows you to do updates.


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And I found the source... a Barracuda Web Filter set to block Windows Updates... Soooo wrong (another admin configured this)... Administrators should understand this this is a poor way of managing bandwidth.


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At this point, with 75 updates, if something goes wrong it'll be hard to pick out which one broke things. That calls for extra caution, in my opinion. If this is a VM: Clone the VM. Patch the clone. If this is a success: Take a snapshot of prod. Patch prod. In case of disaster, roll back. If this is physical hardware: Patch any "test" environments ...


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You can't actually trigger that directly over winrm/winrs. A somewhat popular powershell module for performing Windows Updates from Powershell exists, and to perform updates on a remote system it actually copies the module to the remote system and schedules a new one-time task on the remote system. In the invoke-WUInstall.ps1 file it has this comment about ...


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Something I learned recently, courtesy of Michael Hampton, is that an update to the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool not only applies the update but also runs the tool, which accounts for the lengthy install time for that update. The following MS article has more details: http://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/890830


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Update By using the answer below I created a small tool that automagically adds the descriptions to my WSUS server. I decided to publish my tool on Github, so feel free to try and test it out. https://github.com/Physikbuddha/wsus-online-descriptions/releases/latest Original Answer I tried to solve the problem with Get-Member, as suggested by mortenya in ...


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It's expected behavior that computers will automatically contact the public Windows Server Update Service, even when there's a specified intranet update location, unless the computer policy "Do not connect to any Windows Update Internet Locations" located at Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update is set to enabled. ...


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The default in Windows Server 2016 is 'Download Only', which you note you have also verified using sconfig. This setting does not apply updates at all on its own - so no reboots will occur. By default, the server will only reboot if the 'Automatic' setting is selected.The maintenance window only applies to updates applied using the 'Automatic' setting. ...


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