Windows Update Fails 80072F8F

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I have a recently deployed Windows 2012 R2 server that all of the sudden will not check for Microsoft Updates. "There was a problem checking for updates Error found Code 80072F8F"

Ran the Windows Update Repair Tool, It actually finds issues and reports it has resolved them. "Repair Windows Update Error 0x80080005(2015-04-14-T-05_53_06P)"
Run a battery of Anti-Malware tool, no infection.
Tried different DNS servers.
Verified Internet Explorer wasnt using Proxy, Etc

The server is the only DC, DHCP, DNS, File Server, Print Server, and hosts a temporary Hyper-V VM.

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Try the Windows Update Troubleshooter site. See if you can run the FixIT. The site covers most new systems.

When done, run SFC /SCANNOW from an admin command prompt.

See if these things work. If no, DISM is the next step.

Open cmd.exe with Run as Administrator.
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Scanhealth (takes 15 - 20 minutes).
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth (takes 15 - 20 minutes).

Restart the computer and test

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CanOfWormsAuthor Commented:
Hi, Thanks for posting!
I have already run the Windows Update Troubleshooter. It reports issues and that they are fixed. I believe another person has run SFC /SCANNOW but I will check and run it if he hasn't. Please explain what the DISM /Cleanup-Image will do to my server.

Thank you very much!
Cliff GaliherCommented:
Installing Hyper-V on a domain controller almost always breaks networking.  Export the VM. Remove the Hyper-V role. Check your networking settings after the Hyper-V role has been removed (since that'll remove any virtual switches bound to physical NICs) and then try things again.

Just for clarification, Hyper-V should never coexist with any other roles (DHCP, File services, etc) and if you want those roles, they should run within a VM themselves.  But *in particular* running Hyper-V and ADDS causes significant pain because each makes fundamental changes for their respective roles and those changes tend to be mutually exclusive.  The exact nature of how the system breaks depends on patch level, which order the roles were installed and a variety of other variables, but what *is* consistent is that things never work right. Everything from  dropped packets, bad routing, to just plan lost connectivity occurs. I've seen (and reproduced) it all. And since the various combinations grow exponentially each patch Tuesday, there is no good repeatable "fix" except to not run that bad combination at all.  Hence my suggestion to remove Hyper-V.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
For Windows 8 and above and Server 2012 and above, DISM is a heavier duty repair tool.

I have run it on my Windows 8 machine once to fix issues.
Is the Date and Time correct?
CanOfWormsAuthor Commented:
Yup, date and time correct.
CanOfWormsAuthor Commented:
I am trying to find the time to work on this.
CanOfWormsAuthor Commented:
Unfortunately I do not know what solved this issue. As far as I know it started working on its own. We had Dell Support beating on it for many many hours and made no head way. Then it just started working.

@Cliff Galiher  -  I appreciate the words of caution and sharing your experience.

For what its worth to those that read this post, in the end Hyper-V running on this Domain Controller had nothing to do with it.
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