KB50302369 is the monthly rollup cumulative update for Windows Server 2012 R2 for the month of September 2023. It was released on 12th September as part of the ‘Patch Tuesday’ project.
- KB5030269 is a cumulative update that supersedes the KB5029312 monthly rollup update. KB5029312 was released in August 2023. You can read more about KB5029312 on this page.
- KB5030269 also contains all the changes that are part of the security-only update KB5030287.
- We recommend installing KB5030269 and preferring it over the KB5030287 security update for Windows Server 2012 R2. This is because monthly rollup updates are cumulative in nature and security-only updates are standalone updates.
- A new Servicing Stack Update has also been released for Windows Server 2012 R2 on 12th September 2023. KB5030329 is the latest SSU for Windows Server 2012 R2. It needs to be deployed prior to installing KB5030269 on the server.
- The issue with language packs continues to affect Windows Server 2012 R2. If you install a language pack after installing KB5030269, you will have to redeploy KB5030269. Microsoft is working on addressing the issue with language packs.
- 13 security vulnerabilities have been disclosed for Windows Server 2012 R2 in September month’s security bulletin released by Microsoft. None of these vulnerabilities have a ‘CRITICAL’ severity.
- There are no zero-day threats affecting Windows Server 2012 R2 as per September month’s security bulletin.
It may be pertinent to mention that Windows Server 2012 R2 goes EOS or End-of-support on 10th October 2023. Extended Security Updates will need to be bought to ensure you continue to get security updates for the server. ESU can be bought on an annual basis for a period of 3 years. This means you can extend support for Windows Server 2012 R2 from October 2023 to October 2026.
KB5030269 is a cumulative update. Therefore, it does offer automated installation methods. You could install KB5030269 in one of the following ways:
- Windows Update
- WSUS or Windows Server Update Service
We recommend using the WSUS as the preferred method for updating Windows servers.
KB5030269 can also be installed manually.
For manual installation of KB5030269, you will need to follow a two-step process.
- Download and install KB5030329 Servicing Stack Update
- Download and install KB5030269
KB5030329 and KB5030269 can be downloaded from the corresponding pages on the Microsoft Update Catalog site. Alternatively, you could use the direct download links for the offline installer files. The direct download links have been shared below.
Download Servicing Stack Update KB5030329
The size of the SSU update file is 10.5 MB.
It may be pertinent to mention that the server will not reboot after you install the Servicing Stack Update.
Download KB5030269 for Windows Server 2012 R2
The size of the update file for KB5030269 is 575.6 MB.
The monthly rollup update will cause the server to reboot. We, therefore, suggest using a managed change window or change management process to deploy the monthly rollup update on Windows Server 2012 R2.
There are 13 security vulnerabilities that have been disclosed for Windows Server 2012 R2 in the September 2023 security report released by Microsoft.
None of these vulnerabilities have a ‘CRITICAL’ impact on the server. And, there are no zero-day threats that affect Windows Server 2012 R2.
We have not shared any vulnerabilities on account of the reasons explained above.
The following changes or improvements are part of the KB5030269 monthly rollup update for Windows Server 2012 R2:
- The renaming of local temporary user policy files during Group Policy processing might cause registry settings under Policies related paths to be deleted.
- The LanmanServer Service might crash in clusters that do not have an Administrative Access Point, also known as AD-Detached Clusters. Using AD-Detached Clusters is recommended by Exchange on some versions of Windows. For more information, see Database availability groups.
- Authentication to join or re-join a computer to an Active Directory domain might fail when a user uses a Smart Card. This issue might occur after you install Windows Updates dated on or after November 2022.
- This update includes changes to Israel daylight saving time (DST).
For more details about KB5030269, you can refer to Microsoft’s document for KB5030269.
September 2023 Security Updates by Microsoft
You may also like to read more about security updates shared below:
- KB5030287 Security Update for Windows Server 2012 R2
- KB5030278 Monthly Rollup Update for Windows Server 2012
- KB5030269 Monthly Rollup for Windows Server 2012 R2
- KB5030216 Cumulative Update for Windows Server 2022
- KB5030213 Cumulative Update for Windows Server 2016
- KB5030214 Cumulative Update for Windows Server 2019
- KB5030279 Security Update for Windows Server 2012
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