Windows Server 2008 SR2 patch list

JeepGeekin
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Can someone tell me how to get a list of all Microsoft security patches from the release of Windows Server 2008 R2. I was told that it doesn't have any patches since the disc (and I confirmed this). I cannot install ALL patches, so I can't just use Windows Update. I actually need a list of security patches.

I imagine I'm not alone in needing this, but I'm not having any luck finding it on Microsoft's site.
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Neil RussellTechnical Development Lead

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Why not use a WSUS Server and have COPMLETE control AND complete visability of ALL updates?
 

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Neilsr, I don't have control over this. Thsi isn't something I usually do. We had to take this server off of our usual distribution list because of a vendor app running on it that. We are required to verify that they approve the patch before applying it. I can get a list form them of their approved patches, but I am at a loss about where to start. How far back do I go. They don't start at SR2, just Windows Server 2008.


dstewartjr. Any chance you know if there's one that is Microsoft approved? I didn't emphasize that. Sorry. If no one else replies with a better Microsoft link I will accept this. Thanks for the post.
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DonNetwork Administrator

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Each of the links provided by the list opens directlty to a Microsoft KB.

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My concern is is that the list may be incomplete & a security patch will be missed. One hole in the armor could leave us vulnerable to an attack. This is why I expect Microsoft to have a list somewhere. I just don't usually do this and am having a tough time navigating through their site or using any possible server tools I may not know about to determine this.
DonNetwork Administrator

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I HIGHLY suggest using WSUS(Which was already mentioned). This will save you loads of time and headache. You can also set it to auto approve critical/security updates.
 
How-to configure WSUS (Windows Server Update Services)
http://shantali.com/2010/April/8/WSUS/index.html 

Author

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I can't use WSUS. No automatic updates are allowed on this server. We have a server patch distribution system in place & it was taken off of it. The current problem is just that we need to get the security patches up to date. From here out, our distribution system will notify us of any security patches & we can manually apply them. I just don't know what to do to get the security patches current.

Its a great suggestion, but I don't see how it applies to my situation.
Network Administrator
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"No automatic updates are allowed on this server "
You could still use WSUS and not have automatic updates. You just need to set the GPO to option "2 Notify for download and notify for install" then you would still be manually installing and getting all the critical/security updates.
 
 
You could use this utility to get it up to date also
 
http://www.megaleecher.net/WSUS_Offline_Updater_Client 

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Recommended a better solution all around than what I was after. Thank you.

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