none
Stop Windows Server 2016 Updates RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi, we are becoming more and more frustrated with the forced windows updates. These may help home users but professional products like servers are not for everyday users and sometimes require alot of configuration to get legacy applications to work. Windows will at times force updates no matter what we choose in respect to disable them. It is NOT up to Microsoft to determine if or when the servers I am responsible for need to be patched. Any reading and research we have done here has only yielded the ability to prolong the updates. Once installed over 50% of the servers give an endless spinning circle and require restore or rebuild, this has become unacceptable and has forced us to start testing our applications with different Linux flavors.

    Is there a way to STOP the updates indefinitely?

    Tuesday, March 10, 2020 4:13 PM

All replies

  • You may try disable Windows Update Service.

    But it is NOT recommended, updates are essentials and just consider security updates when you don't patch them, hackers could take over your server and use it to take over your entire company. You need to create strategy and manage updates instead of disabling it.

    If updates taking too long and other issue, then you need to check event viewer and see what is wrong.

    Tuesday, March 10, 2020 5:41 PM
  • Tried disable Windows Update Service, it re enables it self.

    We will protect the servers we are responsible for, hackers and viruses are not an issue for most servers we run as they do not face the internet and are well protected behind multiple firewalls.

    Do have any other suggestions?

    Tuesday, March 10, 2020 9:17 PM
  • Hi,

     

    Type gpedit.msc to open Local Group Policy Editor, the location is Computer configuration, policies, Administrative templates, Windows Components, Windows Update, in the right pane choose "Configure automatic updates" to disabled.

     

    As Cyber_Defend_Team said, it is not recommended to disable the Windows Update.

    In your case I'd suggest installing a Windows Server Update services (WSUS) somewhere on your network. This way updates to WSUS clients are not offered until you approve them.

     

    For your reference:

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/administration/windows-server-update-services/manage/update-management-with-windows-server-update-services

     

    Hope above information can help you.


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help.
    "Windows 10 Installation, Setup, and Deployment" forum will be migrating to a new home on Microsoft Q&A (Preview)!
    We invite you to post new questions in the "Windows 10 Installation, Setup, and Deployment" forum’s new home on Microsoft Q&A (Preview)!
    For more information, please refer to the sticky post.

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020 2:35 AM
  • Hi,

     

    Just checking in to see if the information provided was helpful.

     

    If the reply helped you, please remember to mark it as an answer.

    If no, please reply and tell us the current situation in order to provide further help.


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help.
    "Windows 10 Installation, Setup, and Deployment" forum will be migrating to a new home on Microsoft Q&A (Preview)!
    We invite you to post new questions in the "Windows 10 Installation, Setup, and Deployment" forum’s new home on Microsoft Q&A (Preview)!
    For more information, please refer to the sticky post.

    Friday, March 13, 2020 3:09 AM