Tag: Hotfixes

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How to install and manage Azure Stack Updates

At itnetX, we help customers to implement as well as to operate  Azure Stack. One part of operating Azure Stack is keeping it up-to-date. This means installing Microsoft Azure Stack Updates, hotfixes as well as OEM update packages like drivers and firmware. In this blog post, I will cover all the information you need to keep your Azure Stack up-to-date.

Why should you update your Azure Stack

Azure Stack Update

This may sound like a simple question, but a lot of people ask for it. First of all, Microsoft and the hardware vendors are delivering quality fixes and security updates to keep Azure Stack stable and secure. But Microsoft also adds new functionality with their updates packages to keep up with the rapid cloud development on Azure. This is important if you want that your Azure Stack stays consistent with Azure in terms of functionality.

Another essential reason to stay current is to remain supported. You are allowed to be behind two major versions of Azure Stack, which means 2-3 months. You basically should update monthly, to make sure that you are secure and stable. However, there are reasons why you might have to defer an update. For example, this can happen for some companies, when they are in a freeze period where they are not allowed to do changes in their systems. If you are more than three major versions behind, your Azure Stack is considered out of support and will not be supported from Microsoft, until you have the at least required version installed.

You can read more about the Azure Stack servicing policy on the Azure Stack documentation site.

Updates for the Azure Stack Integrated System

Azure Stack Operations

As mentioned before, there are three types of updates to Azure Stack. The monthly Azure Stack Update Packages from Microsoft, Hotfixes, and OEM updates.

  • Microsoft software updates – Microsoft is responsible for the end-to-end servicing lifecycle for the Microsoft software update packages. These packages can include the latest Windows Server security updates, non-security updates, and Azure Stack feature updates. These update packages are non-cumulative updates and need to be installed one after the other. These updates are fully automated and will update the complete Azure Stack infrastructure.
  • OEM hardware vendor-provided updates – Azure Stack hardware partners are responsible for the end-to-end servicing lifecycle (including guidance) for the hardware-related firmware and driver update packages. In addition, Azure Stack hardware partners own and maintain guidance for all software and hardware on the hardware lifecycle host.
  • Microsoft hotfixes – Microsoft provides hotfixes for Azure Stack that address a specific issue that is often preventative or time-sensitive. Each hotfix is released with a corresponding Microsoft Knowledge Base article that details the issue, cause, and resolution. Hotfixes are downloaded and installed just like the regular full update packages for Azure Stack. Other then the major updates, Azure Stack hotfixes are cumulative per iteration.
 ReleaseCumulativeWhere to find
Microsoft Software UpdatesMonthly (4th Tuesday of very month)NoRelease Notes
OEM Hardware Vendor UpdatesDepending on OEMDependsOEM Website
Microsoft HotfixesWhen neededYesKnowledge Base article

By the way, you can only update Azure Stack multi-node systems, and the Azure Stack Development Kit needs to be redeployed.



Windows Server

List of Recommend Hotfixes and Updates for Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV)

I already made some post where I list the websites to recommended hotfixes and updates for Clusters, Hyper-V and File Server such as the Scale-Out File Server for Hyper-V over SMB. Now Microsoft also has an official list for Recommended hotfixes, updates, and known solutions for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV) environments. Which will list hotfixes for Hyper-V, Windows Server and System Center related to Network Virtualization.

You can find the List here on the Microsoft Support Site: KB2974503 Recommended hotfixes, updates, and known solutions for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV) environments



Windows Server

Recommend Hotfixes and Updates for Hyper-V and Failover Clusters

I the last couple of releases I always posted the pages where you could get the list of Recommended Hotfixes and Updates for Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters and List of Hyper-V and Failover Cluster Hotfixes for Windows Server 2012. I want to upgrade the post with the links for Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. So you can find all updates from a single site.

Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2008 R2

Feel free to share this page and I always recommend to get the latest hotfixes when you are deploying a new Hyper-V or Scale-Out File Server environment. And definitely check also Aidan Finns blog from time to time where he does some deeper look at the Knowledge Base articles for Hyper-V.

 



Recommended Hotfixes and Updates for Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters

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Back in March I posted links to two TechNet Wiki Pages where all the available Failover Cluster and Hyper-V hotfixes were listed (List of Hyper-V and Failover Cluster Hotfixes for Windows Server 2012). Now the Microsoft Cluster team created an offical knowledge base article (KB2784261) for recommended hotfixes and updates for Windows Server 2012-based Failover Clusters. Make sure you check this list of hotfixes before you go in production with your Windows Server 2012 cluster.

There are some really important fixes especially if you are running a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V cluster and you are using Cluster Shared Volumes.

You can find more information on KB2784261 – Recommended hotfixes and updates for Windows Server 2012-based Failover Clusters.

 



List of Hyper-V and Failover Cluster Hotfixes for Windows Server 2012

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As for Windows Server 2008 R2 Microsoft created a TechNet Wiki page with the list for Hyper-V and Failover Cluster hotfixes for Windows Server 2012. This will help you find hotfixes for problems you may experience.

List of Hyper-V Hotfixes for Windows Server 2012 (TechNet Wiki):

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/15576.hyper-v-update-list-for-windows-server-2012.aspx

List of Failover Cluster Hotfixes for Windows Server 2012 (TechNet Wiki):

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/15577.list-of-failover-cluster-hotfixes-for-windows-server-2012.aspx

Source: Hans Vredevoort (MVP Virtual Machine) Hyper-V.nu



List of Hyper-V and Cluster Hotfixes for Windows Server 2008 R2

Hyper-V R2 SP1

Recently I posted about a page in the TechNet Wiki which lists a lot of Hyper-V tools. Yesterday on Hyper-V workshop, Michel Lüscher mentioned two lists in the TechNet Wiki where you can find Hyper-V and Cluster Hotfixes for Windows Server 2008 R2.

List of Hyper-V Hotfixes for Windows Server 2008 R2 (TechNet Wiki):

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/1349.hyper-v-update-list-for-windows-server-2008-r2.aspx

List of Cluster Hotfixes for Windows Server 2008 R2 (TechNet Wiki):

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/2008.list-of-cluster-hotfixes-for-windows-server-2008-r2.aspx