Just like any other Microsoft or Windows service respectively, Windows Server 2016 also benefits for regular updates that are meant to improve the overall experience for anyone using it. However, the way Microsoft has decided to deliver these updates for this service in particular might confuse some people, as it is both similar and different from the patching experience other Windows products got them used to.
The confusion has been clarified by Microsoft in a blog post appropriately titled Patching with Windows Server 2016, where the tech giant explained the process and philosophy behind the update process. According to them, Windows Server 2016 gets not one, but two regular patches, spread across each month.
The updates, which are referred to as cumulative patches, come in two categories: quality updates and security updates. These patches are strategically released within a month, so that that security patches become available every second Tuesday of each month, while quality updates come around every fourth Tuesday of a month.
Even though this seems pretty straight forward and clear, people have spotted that security features have been added into quality patches as well, and quality features have been baked in security patches in return. Microsoft rushed to explain this, saying that both types of updates are “cumulative”, which means that on top of the new security or quality features they bring to the table, they also include all the previous features that were in the previous set of patches, so for example, if you are downloading a new quality patch, It will offer new quality related elements, but it will also contain all the previously released security features.
This gives Microsoft the opportunity to come up with a system that offers well rounded updates that don’t clutter and confuse or annoy users.
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