April Patch Tuesday Frequently Asked Questions
April Patch Tuesday was a doozy. Every month, we run a Patch Tuesday analysis webinar going over the highlights of that month’s updates. You can watch that webinar on-demand here. We compiled all of the questions and answers from the webinar in this helpful blog post. The feedback has been flooding in after Patch Tuesday and there appears to be substantial stability issues this Month. Please see our Patch Tuesday follow up blog post for further details. If you like what you see, make sure to register for our Patch Tuesday next month.
Q: Does the Sophos issue only apply to the Monthly Rollup, or is it applicable with the Security-Only update as well?
A: The antivirus incompatibility issue applies to all Monthly Rollups and Security Only updates released for the month.
Q: Are the Servicing Stack updates cumulative? The number of updates is large!
A: The Servicing Stack updates do appear to be cumulative. If you install the latest on a “clean” machine for the respective OS, you should not need the previous ones.
Q: Does this Windows 10 1809 March quality preview issue have possible issues with the latest cumulative bundle for Server 2016?
A: The Windows 10 1809 issues mentioned in Computerworld should not be shared with Server 2016, however Windows 10 1809 does share the underlying architecture with Server 2019.
Q: Has Microsoft fixed the bugs for the 1809 OS and has it stop deleting files on feature upgrade?
A: Microsoft re-released and actually prevented the execution of the older ISO that had this bug. Any 1809 ISOs released after November should shield you from that issue.
Q: I heard that Microsoft pulled the Windows 10 1809 version so that users can’t upgrade. Is that true?
A: It appears 1809 has been pulled as an upgrade path through Windows Update, but all other methods of updating should still be possible.
Q: What do you know about the reports that Microsoft is loosening the structure of Windows 10 update?
A: ZDNet did a great article around this, but the May 2019 update will contain additional features to give end users (even Home!) control of their updates more, rather than forcing the feature upgrades as they previously have.
Q: Is the security controls update just for cloud instances or does it include Patch for Windows servers standard as well?
A: Security Controls includes Patch for Windows servers functionality with the additional Redhat and application control support.