Windows Server 2022 VMs impacted by February updates, Microsoft acknowledges issue

Russell Kidson
Feb 17, 2023

Windows Server 2022 VMs impacted by February updates, Microsoft acknowledges issue

According to Microsoft, certain virtual machines running Windows Server 2022 may fail to start up after the installation of updates released during this month's Patch Tuesday. It is important to note that this issue is limited to virtual machines with Secure Boot enabled and operating on vSphere ESXi 6.7 U2/U3 or vSphere ESXi 7.0.x.

Windows Server 2022 VMs impacted by February updates, Microsoft acknowledges issue

Here is Microsoft’s official communique: ‘After installing KB5022842 on guest virtual machines (VMs) running Windows Server 2022 on some versions of VMware ESXi, Windows Server 2022 might not start up.’

VMware and Microsoft are actively investigating the matter and will communicate further details as soon as they become available. Although there is currently no resolution available for virtual machines affected by this issue, VMware is offering system administrators multiple temporary workarounds to address the problem on impacted hosts until a permanent solution is developed.

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To mitigate the boot issues related to this matter, there are several measures that can be taken:

  1. Upgrade the ESXi Host running the affected virtual machine(s) to vSphere ESXi 8.0.
  2. Disable the "Secure Boot" feature on the virtual machines.
  3. Refrain from installing the KB5022842 patch on any Windows 2022 Server virtual machine until the issue is resolved.

If the Secure Boot feature needs to be disabled for a specific virtual machine, the following steps can be taken:

  1. Power off the virtual machine.
  2. Right-click the virtual machine and select "Edit Settings."
  3. Navigate to the "VM Options" tab.
  4. Under "Boot Options," uncheck the "Secure Boot enabled" option.

Regrettably, uninstalling this month's KB5022842 Windows Server 2022 cumulative update will not rectify the issue if it has already been installed. To enable the virtual machines to boot again, the only viable alternatives are to update the ESXi host to vSphere ESXi 8.0 or to deactivate the Secure Boot feature.

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It is important to note that Microsoft is actively working on resolving an additional issue whereby upgraded WSUS servers running on Windows Server 2022 may be unable to push the February 2022 Windows 11 22H2 updates to clients.

It is worth noting that this particular issue only impacts WSUS servers that have been upgraded from Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2019.

Microsoft has provided system administrators with affected WSUS servers a workaround to address the issue, which involves re-adding the inadvertently removed Unified Update Platform (UUP) MIME types during the upgrade process that are causing the problems with update propagation.

Microsoft acknowledges an issue affecting Windows Server 2022 VMs


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  1. Some Dude said on March 19, 2023 at 11:42 am

    Are these articles AI generated?

    Now the duplicates are more obvious.

    1. boris said on March 19, 2023 at 11:48 pm

      This is below AI generated crap. It is copy of Microsoft Help website article without any relevant supporting text. Anyway you can find this information on many pages.

  2. Paul(us) said on March 20, 2023 at 1:32 am

    Yes, but why post the exact same article under a different title twice on the same day (19 march 2023), by two different writers?
    1.) Excel Keyboard Shortcuts by Trevor Monteiro.
    2.) 70+ Excel Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows by Priyanka Monteiro

    Why oh why?

    1. Clairvaux said on September 6, 2023 at 11:30 am

      Yeah. Tell me more about “Priyanka Monteiro”. I’m dying to know. Indian-Portuguese bot ?

  3. John G. said on August 18, 2023 at 4:36 pm

    Probably they will announce that the taskbar will be placed at top, right or left, at your will.

    Special event by they is a special crap for us.

  4. yanta said on August 18, 2023 at 11:59 pm

    If it’s Microsoft, don’t buy it.
    Better brands at better prices elsewhere.

  5. John G. said on August 20, 2023 at 4:22 am

    All new articles have zero count comments. :S

  6. Anonymous said on September 5, 2023 at 7:48 am

    WTF? So, If I add one photo to 5 albums, will it count 5x on my storage?
    It does not make any sense… on google photos, we can add photo to multiple albums, and it does not generate any additional space usage

    I have O365 until end of this year, mostly for onedrive and probably will jump into google one

  7. St Albans Digital Printing Inc said on September 5, 2023 at 11:53 am

    Photo storage must be kept free because customers chose gadgets just for photos and photos only.

  8. Anonymous said on September 5, 2023 at 12:47 pm

    What a nonsense. Does it mean that albums are de facto folders with copies of our pictures?

    1. GG said on September 6, 2023 at 8:24 am

      Sounds exactly like the poor coding Microsoft is known for in non-critical areas i.e. non Windows Core/Office Core.

      I imagine a manager gave an employee the task to create the album feature with hardly any time so they just copied the folder feature with some cosmetic changes.

      And now that they discovered what poor management results in do they go back and do the album feature properly?

      Nope, just charge the customer twice.

      Sounds like a go-getter that needs to be promoted for increasing sales and managing underlings “efficiently”, said the next layer of middle management.

  9. d3x said on September 5, 2023 at 7:33 pm

    When will those comments get fixed? Was every editor here replaced by AI and no one even works on this site?

  10. Scroogled said on September 5, 2023 at 10:47 pm

    Instead of a software company, Microsoft is now a fraud company.

  11. ard said on September 7, 2023 at 4:59 pm

    For me this is proof that Microsoft has a back-door option into all accounts in their cloud.
    quote “…… as the MSA key allowed the hacker group access to virtually any cloud account at Microsoft…..”

    so this MSA key which is available to MS officers can give access to all accounts in MS cloud.This is the backdoor that MS has into the cloud accounts. Lucky I never got any relevant files of mine in their (MS) cloud.

  12. Andy Prough said on September 7, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    >”Now You: what is your theory?”

    That someone handed an employee a briefcase full of cash and the employee allowed them access to all their accounts and systems.

    Anything that requires 5-10 different coincidences to happen is highly unlikely. Occam’s razor.

  13. TelV said on September 8, 2023 at 12:04 pm

    Good reason to never login to your precious machine with a Microsoft a/c a.k.a. as the cloud.

  14. Anonymous said on September 18, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    The GAFAM are always very careless about our software automatically sending to them telemetry and crash dumps in our backs. It’s a reminder not to send them anything when it’s possible to opt out, and not to opt in, considering what they may contain. And there is irony in this carelessness biting them back, even if in that case they show that they are much more cautious when it’s their own data that is at stake.

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