Microsoft Moves to Windows Monthly Rollup As of October 2016

Microsoft moves .NET Framework, Windows 7 SP1/ 8.1, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012 to monthly rollup (multiple patches rolled together into a single update).

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Important change to .NET Framework updates to align with the Windows Monthly Rollup, is introduced as of today.

Beginning October 2016, Microsoft would move to a monthly patch model for Windows 7, 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2.

In addition, with today's annoucement, Microsoft is moving .NET Framework Monthly Rollup too in October.

"The Monthly rollup will not install a new version of the .NET Framework, only security and reliability updates" the company stated.

A Monthly Rollup is a single install that updates each supported platforms to its latest respective update level. Since each Monthly Rollup supersedes the last one, "so you if you've missed the last few months of updates, you only need to install the latest rollup to update to the latest update level," explains Micorsoft.

"The new rollup model gives you fewer updates to manage, greater predictability, and higher quality updates. The outcome increases Windows operating system reliability, by eliminating update fragmentation and providing more proactive patches for known issues. Getting and staying current will also be easier with only one rollup update required. Rollups enable you to bring your systems up to date with fewer updates, and will minimize administrative overhead to install a large number of updates," Microsoft said.

Adding, it said several update types such as those for Servicing Stack and Adobe Flash aren't included in a rollup.

The .NET Framework Monthly Rollup will be available for Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

This rollup model will be published via Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Microsoft Update Catalog, or the System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).

Microsoft said they're also working to fix the Update Catalog site so it can work with any browser; currently it doesn't work with those that no longer support ActiveX.

It will be released on "Patch Tuesday" each Month, starting in October 2016.

While at it, SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) version 16.3 is now available.

The SSDT 16.3 release introduces new Tabular Model Explorer, enhancements for Always Encrypted experience with new key management dialogs and various bug fixes.

Download SSDT GA 16.3 for Visual Studio 2015 and Visual Studio 2013 here.

Please follow the instructions below to enable SSMS support for high-resolution monitors here.

Also, aannounced today the latest generally-available (GA) quality release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) following the SQL Server 2016 release.

This update of SSMS features a switch from monthly-branded SSMS releases (e.g. August 2016 release) to numerically-branded SSMS releases (e.g. 16.3 release).

"This update also features a new Active Directory authentication option, new PowerShell cmdlets to help perform SQL Server login management, initial beta support for high-resolution displays, support for filtering in the 'Databases' node of the Object explorer, and many more improvements and bug fixes," reported SQl team.

This functionality is turned off by default while we continue to test and improve the quality of this support.

Download SSMS 16.3 (August 2016) release here.