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What is the correct Microsoft Update for fixing SHA-2 on windows server 2008 R2?

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Running windows server 2008R2 was told I have to update to SHA-2 from SHA-1.  Found Microsoft article that if you are using automatic windows updates the patch should already be on the server.  All my updates are current but there is no KB2949927 on my installed updates list.  

https://support.microsoft.com/kb/2949927
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If I am not mistaken, Windows 2008 R2 already has the Cryptography Next Generation (CNG) Suite B algorithms. SHA2 is part of that.
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You're not mistaken it has sha-2 .. sha-2 has been supported since windows xp sp3
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Is there a way for me to confirm that?
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I found this statement.   What does it mean it's up to the individual applications to implement support?

Starting with Windows Vista and Server 2008, the Cryptography Next Generation (CNG) Suite B algorithms (including SHA2) are included in the operating system. It is worth noting that even though the algorithms are available, it is up to the individual applications to implement support.
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This one is saying it does not have it unless you have the patch.  I can't find a patch that was installed KB 2949927.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/2949927.aspx
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It just means they have to have interfaced with sha2 in their code instead of some other algorithm.
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You shouldn't be worried about that update. Likely it was released in error altogether. If you read the bottom of the page you linked:

"Revisions

    V1.0 (October 14, 2014): Advisory published.
    V2.0 (October 17, 2014): Removed Download Center links for Microsoft security update 2949927. Microsoft recommends that customers experiencing issues uninstall this update. Microsoft is investigating behavior associated with this update, and will update the advisory when more information becomes available."
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So you recommend I just move forward and install the SHA-2 certificate?  I have a deadline of December 31 and they just told me this morning it had to change.
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I believe you will be fine to do so.
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