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Automating Microsoft Updates for containers in PVCfW

Article ID: 115390, created on Jan 10, 2013, last review on Aug 14, 2014

  • Parallels Virtuozzo Containers for Windows


Microsoft Updates that are applied to containers can be divided into three main categories based on their different approaches:

  • Operating System updates (for core components, roles and features, etc.)
  • Application updates (for MS Office, MS Exchange, MS SharePoint)
  • .NET Framework updates

This article explains how to automate the installation of each type of updates into Parallels Virtuozzo Containers for Windows containers using Microsoft WSUS.

Operating System updates

It is necessary to use Parallels WSUS for OS updates as per this article: [Info] How to keep a Parallels Virtuozzo Containers for Windows server up-to-date

These settings should be applied directly on the Hardware Node and such updates will be automatically propagated to all containers.

Important considerations:

Updates for Windows Server Roles and Features

Microsoft Updates and Parallels Virtuozzo Containers for Windows

Application updates

If containers have some applications installed that also require regular security updates installation, it is advised to set up an additional WSUS server:

[HOW TO] Set up WSUS for Application Updates

.NET Framework updates

.NET Framework security updates should be installed manually inside containers; there is no supported way to automate the procedure.

Important considerations:

Microsoft updates for .NET Framework in PVCfW

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