Patch Manager now patches Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 systems.

 

Today, August 24, 2012, Microsoft posted an update for WSUS, KB2734608, that enhances WSUS (when installed on Windows Server 2003/2008/2008R2) to provide the ability to patch Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 systems. With this update, it is no longer necessary to deploy a WSUS-on-Win2012 server to patch Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 systems.

 

About The Update

After applying KB2734608 to your WSUS server, you will be able to use Patch Manager to deploy Microsoft and third-party updates to Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 client systems. In addition, all of the previous fixes from KB2720211 are included, particularly the new Windows Update Agent v7.6.7600.256 and the update to create 2048-bit publishing certificates. If you have not yet installed KB2720211, there is no need to install that older update, you can simply install KB2734608.

 

Installing The Update

Like KB2720211, there are special considerations for installing this update to your WSUS server, and a review of the Microsoft KB article and a full system backup are highly encouraged prior to installing this update. Be sure to install KB2734608 to any Patch Manager servers, as you will also need to update all instances of the WSUS Administration Console, as well.

 

Post-Installation Considerations

Finally, as with KB2720211, be sure to create a new WSUS Publishing Certificate and distribute to your client systems before installing KB2661254, which is available now via the Microsoft Download Center, and will be distributed to WSUS in October, 2012. For more information about the WSUS Publishing Certificate requirements, please see

·         Update Patch Manager and WSUS before you apply Microsoft KB2661254

·         3rd Party Updates with WSUS & Local Publishing

 

How To Get the Update

The KB2734608 update is not currently available for deployment using WSUS, so you will need to download it from the Microsoft Download Center. [x86] [x64]

 

For more information on WSUS updates, administrative tips and patch management best practices, check out PatchZone.org

For more information about Patch Manager, please visit the Patch Manager page on the SolarWinds website.