Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.1 coming to WSUS

This post was authored by Vivek Mishra on behalf of the .NET Framework team. Hi WSUS Admins, The Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.1 will be made available via Windows Server Update Services on 26 Nov 2013 and this blog highlights some of the key aspects. The .NET Framework is a development platform for building apps for Windows, Windows…


Enabling a more predictable Windows Update experience for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 (KB 2885694)

On computers running the RTM release of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, Windows Update no longer defined when to install updates. Instead, Automatic Maintenance is used for that purpose, minimizing activity during active computer use. Windows Update on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 computers also has new restart logic that defaults to forcing…


WSUS no longer issues self-signed certificates

We've had some questions recently about why WSUS in Windows Server 2012 R2 no longer supports generating self-signed certificates for signing update packages. We disabled this feature because it was causing a significant management burden for those using the feature, and it duplicated functionality that already exists in Windows Server Certificate Services (and other products)….


Managing Updates with Deadlines in an era of Automatic Maintenance

Until Windows 8, Windows Update used to manage its own internal scheduling for checking for, downloading, and installing updates. It required that the Windows Update Agent was always running in the background, consuming memory and other system resources. In an effort to increase battery life on portable devices, Windows 8 introduced a new feature called…


Installing WSUS on Windows Server 2012 with PowerShell

There is a really valuable blog post on the Hey Scripting Guy! blog that explains how to install and configure WSUS on Windows Server 2012 using PowerShell. Enjoy! http://blogs.technet.com/b/heyscriptingguy/archive/2013/04/15/installing-wsus-on-windows-server-2012.aspx   P.S. we’re looking at improving our own PowerShell coverage in WSUS in the future as part of our work towards compliance with Microsoft’s Common Engineering Criteria….


Update: Solution for WSUS Export Bug is now available for WSUS 3.x SP2

I am pleased to announce that, as of today, a fix for this issue is available from Microsoft for WSUS 3.x, in addition to the Windows Server 2012 update that we published last week. WSUS 3.x ships back to Windows Server 2003 R2, and ships in x86 and 64-bit versions. This requires additional testing above…


Problem Solved: The WSUS Export Bug

If you are managing updates for Windows Server 2012, you might have noticed that your WSUS server has been synchronizing a greater than usual number of updates these days. Windows Server 2012 is not only Microsoft’s most powerful, but also Microsoft’s most secure operating system to date. Since RTM, we’ve published dozens of updates that…


New Product Family for Lync Server 2013

On March 26, 2013, we will be adding a new product to your WSUS server – Microsoft Lync Server 2013. This product will be under the “Microsoft Lync Server and Microsoft Lync” product family. It will include updates for Microsoft Lync Server 2013. It will allow for a variety of update types, e.g. service packs,…