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Windows Server 2008 SP2 switched to rollup model

The Microsoft Windows Server Team announced last week that Windows Server 2008 SP2 is moved from the current updating system to a rollup model.

The first rollup previews will be made available in August, the first final rollups on the September 2018 Patch Day.

Windows Server 2008 SP22 will follow the same rollup model as newer Server versions and supported client versions of Windows. Microsoft introduced the cumulative update (rollup) model for Windows updates in October 2016 for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Windows 10 used a cumulative update ever since its initial release.

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Microsoft notes:

Windows Server 2008 SP2 will now follow a similar update servicing model as later Windows versions, bringing a more consistent and simplified servicing experience. For those of you who manage Windows updates within your organization, it’s important that you understand the choices that will be available.

Windows server administrators who manage Server 2008 SP2 systems have the choice between security-only or full updates. Microsoft calls these updates security only quality update and security monthly quality rollup; rather confusing if you ask me and easy to mix up.

Security only quality updates include only security updates whereas security monthly quality non-security related updates as well according to Microsoft.

The monthly rollups contain fixes for Internet Explorer version 9 for Windows Server 2008 SP2. The rollups won't update to a new version of Internet Explorer -- Server 2008 R2 supports Internet Explorer 11 -- automatically according to Microsoft. In other words, if Internet Explorer has not been upgraded after the installation of Windows Server 2008 SP2, it won't be when monthly rollups get installed on the systems from August 2018 on. Security-only updates don't include Internet Explorer updates.

Timeline for the switch:

  • August 2018 -- Microsoft will release the security monthly quality rollup preview for Windows Server 2008 SP2. Previews don't include security updates which is why only a security monthly quality rollup preview is provided.
  • September 2018 -- Windows server admins can select between security-only or full rollup updates for Windows Server 2008 SP2.

The biggest change for admins is that they cannot select updates individually anymore for installation; it is either everything or nothing but nothing in between. While that is certainly easier to distribute and maintain, it limits choice and troubleshooting.

Choice, because it is no longer possible to install or ignore individual updates, and troubleshooting, because it is now necessary to rollback all updates even if only a single one causes issues on devices.

Now You: What's your take on rollup updates? (via Born)

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  1. DefX said on June 17, 2018 at 10:03 am
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    For the people who worry for the 01/2020 end of life of Windows 7

    Here’s your answer:

    Windows Server 2008 R2

    as for the drivers issue, from my experience the majority of Windows 7 drives work fine in Windows Server 2008 R2.

    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/roblarson/2009/05/03/installing-windows-server-2008-r2-on-a-notebook-and-getting-all-those-required-drivers/

    1. seeprime said on June 17, 2018 at 3:26 pm
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      DefX: EOL for Server 2008 R2 is six days earlier than Windows 7 SP1. That is not an advantage.

      1. DefX said on June 17, 2018 at 8:43 pm
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        egg on my face

        You’re right, i thought the EOL was much later :s

  2. Anonymous said on June 17, 2018 at 11:05 am
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    It’s about Windows Server 2008 SP2, not Windows Server 2008 R2.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 17, 2018 at 1:10 pm
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      Thanks, corrected!

  3. paul(us) said on June 17, 2018 at 11:43 am
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    Could it be that Administrators are thinking “Well then we wait for a while to see what effect this bunch of updates has on others before we ourself are installing this packet deal before I am going to have to sit in the rollercoaster called Windows update!”
    “This because I have become wise through many previous experiences that quite often I had to uninstall many updates!” and probably also there is a possibility that administrators are also thinking “This because it’s to much work to roll back everything and is costing more money than installing right away is worth”

    I am personly thinking that this two conclusion (reasoned thought) has the highest probabilities change of being concluded as the most logic train, of thoughts?

  4. Jody Thornton said on June 17, 2018 at 1:37 pm
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    So that means Vista users who utilize these updates, now benefit from the unified/rollup model. That’s a tad easier to deal with. :)

  5. dmacleo said on June 17, 2018 at 9:34 pm
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    Windows Server 2008 SP22 will follow the same rollup model as newer
    ****************************************************************
    think you double tapped a 2 there. service pack 22 would be a milestone thats for sure LOL
    prob not a big deal but some ms products are close to v20 in update rollups (exchange server of 2010 and 2013 has many) so…maybe want to fix it

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