Getting Windows ready, don't turn off your computer

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Installing Exchange on a VM and installed the .NET4.7 and C++ prerequesits. Server's been sitting at "Getting Windows ready, don't turn off your computer" for over an hour. Both VM's took awhile longer to install updates after installation but nothing like this. Any ideas? Don't have much choice but to leave it. Sadly I'm reading allot online where 2016 Server has serious update issues.
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It is a VM and I hope you have a backup.

Leave it for a couple of hours. It is late here. Can you leave it overnight?  

In any event, leave it for at least a couple of hours and only when you are satisfied it is totally hung, your only out is to power down and up and hope for the best.

As an analogy, the latest Windows 10 Insider build had a bad birth. Two tries, then on restart the lock screen came up (good) and no further (bad).  After an hour or two, I shut it down, started it back up and it was fine. Just an analogy.
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Thank John, going to grab a late dinner. Good advice, I don't think it's hung it's been great the hardware server and both VM's but until it comes to updating, sluggish. Didn't help I Googled and heard all the doom stories. Wondering if I missed anything or when it comes up if there's a way to prevent sluggish updates in the future.
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See what happens after a lengthy delay. I hope it comes back for you.
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I've been running Server 2016 since it was introduced and except for 1 issue I've had absolutely no problems.
The issue was that trusted installer was timing out so it was change the timeout to 2a30 in hklm/system/currentcontrolset/services/trustedinstaller blocktimeoutincrement from 30 to 2a30

Updates do take time.. as a Windows Insider the update takes about 1 hour even with Ryzen 1700X, 32GB Ram, NVME SSD
So just wait it out.
<flame....ish> look at the number of people using m$ products who face similar issues and rethink your choices </flame>
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skullnobrains, Microsoft has it's share of issues "as well as every other piece of tech" if wasn't this way EE wouldn't exist and an industry be built around it.

Came back from dinner updates finished, installed Exchange, configured, and already half way through importing email from the SBS2008 server. I manage allot of 2016 Servers and really don't have any issues. Not sure why this one was slower during updates but it's humming along nicely now.
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John and David, thank you, appreciate the input.
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You are very welcome and I was happy to help and glad to hear that the server is working.
happy to hear that worked out.

take the previous comment as a mostly useless joke cluttering the thread for the sake of providing reading while you were waiting. IRL, i'm not that much anti-m$ though i do believe there is no single reason to prefer such idiotic full screen messages to an update log with messages stating what is going on.

more seriously, the reason why it was long should be visible in said log. quite often a KB won't manage to install and windows keeps trying over and over a number of times before it decides to fail that one and move to the next. or some download kept failing for a while.

windows core has updates that run in a terminal with a decent amount of logging. i'm unsure exchange works properly on windows core, though. last time i checked, it did not.

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