Windows Server 2008 SP2 servicing changes

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This blog post was authored bySachin Goyal, Senior Program Manager, Windows Servicing & Delivery Team.

We are moving to a rollup model for Windows Server 2008 SP2. The initial preview of the monthly quality rollup will be released on Tuesday, August 21, 2018.

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, its important that you understand the choices that will be available.

Lets review what we will release each month following the initial preview of the monthly quality rollup release in August:

A security only quality update: Starting September 2018, this security only update will be released on Update Tuesday, commonly referred to as Patch Tuesday, the second Tuesday of the month.

A security monthly quality rollup: Starting September 2018, this monthly rollup will be released on Update Tuesday, also known as Patch Tuesday”, the second Tuesday of the month.

A preview of the monthly quality rollup: Starting August 2018, the preview rollup will be released on the third Tuesday of the month.

For more details, please refer to the Windows for IT Pros blog.

Internet Explorer updates

  • The monthly rollups will contain fixes for the Internet Explorer version 9 for Windows Server 2008 SP2. The security only, monthly rollup, and preview rollup will not install or upgrade to a version of Internet Explorer if not already present.

.NET Framework monthly rollup

These changes will simplify the updating of Windows Server 2008 SP2 computers, while also improving scanning and installation times, and providing flexibility depending on how you typically manage Windows updates today.

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