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

Level 17

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

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

Level 9

It appears the page for KB2734608 has been pulled.   I think I'll hold off for a couple of days in case they need to update the package.

Level 17

While the page has been pulled.. the download links are still active. It's somewhat unusual for Microsoft to pull a KB article, rather typically they just push a revision to the article when it's ready. I'm inclined to think that the disappearance of the page is inadvertent and related to a CMS issue, not the article itself.

The alternative, quite frankly, could be somewhat scary, as that would suggest that the content of the article had information so egregious that they didn't wany anybody else to see it at all. I'm about to deploy the update to my systems (via VM snapshot), so we'll see what happens.

Level 11

Looks like the links are now inactive. Must be some difficulty with that KB at the moment.

Level 17

Yes, they pulled the binaries sometime yesterday. I discovered it late yesterday afternoon. A couple of posts on Technet from those who say they've installed it suggest there may be defects in the binaries. I wasn't able to get copies of the installers before they were pulled. (Next time I guess I'll have to be a bit quicker!)

No commentary from anybody at Microsoft as to why, or when they'll return -- but then they weren't commenting about the fix itself either. At least now it's not a secret that there is a fix planned. 🙂

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I'm a Head Geek and technical product marketing manager at SolarWinds. I wrote my first computer program in RPG-II in 1974 to calculate quadratic equations and tested it on some spare weekend cycles on an IBM System/3 that I ‘borrowed’ from my father’s employer. After that I dabbled, studied, and actually programmed in just about every language known for the past 40 years; worked on a half-dozen different variants of Unix on 3B2s, RS6000s, HP9000s, Sparc workstations, and Intel systems; connected to CompuServe on a 300 baud modem; ran a FidoNet BBS on OS/2 on a 9600 bps modem; and started working with Windows when Windows NT4 was still the latest operating system. Along the way, I did a few years in database programming and database administration. I installed some of the first ADSL and SDSL Internet circuits in Texas, and then migrated into full-time Windows systems management, which had a lot to do with my interest in SUS and WSUS 10 years ago. This ultimately led me to EminentWare in 2009, and SolarWinds three years later.