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VMware warns system admins to stay away from a Server 2008 update

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June 2, 2016

Earlier today, VMware made it clear that it's warning system administrators to stay away from a so-called 'official' security update for Windows 7 and specifically Server 2008, after the patch was found to be incompatible with some virtual machines.

VMware asserts that VMs using VMX Net3 virtual NICs are having networking issues after installing the Windows 7 and Server 2008 rollup security update.

VMs running Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 are also seeing similar issues, prompting VMware to recommend that anyone running either OS in their VMs on vSphere should avoid installing the Microsoft rollup until a permanent fix can be worked out.

"To be sure, VMware is fully aware of this problem and we are actively investigating the root causes and possible fixes," VMware asserted.

"While this effort progresses, VMware is advising enterprise customers to delay applying the Microsoft 'Convenience Update' to any virtual machine that uses the VMXNet3 vNIC type," the company added.

But there is at least one saving grace in this mess, however-- the rollup update is not being released through WSUS (Windows Server Update Services), and Microsoft says that the security update is "optional," meaning that system admins need not worry about their VMs automatically downloading and installing a payload that will break their network connection.

Microsoft released the Windows 7 rollups in mid-May in an attempt to simplify the process of getting updates for new installations.

Designed to be used with either new PCs or install media, the rollup gives Windows 7 all previous security updates rather than requiring the new machines to download and install hundreds of patches.

Source: VMware.

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