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    2012 Server Windows Updates extremely slow

    Hi,

    Is there any reason why Windows 2012 Server Windows updates would be so painfully slow? This is a fresh installation that's been activated and can't see why this takes so long!?! I'm not being impatient, I'm talking about hours to register a click to either browse detected updates or to simply set them off to install.

    All other usage on the server is normal and CPU/Memory usage are low at all times. Doesn't appear to be much on the web about this.

    I noticed this behaviour on the Windows 8 beta when I tried to update that.

    This is a VMware VM by the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by randle View Post
    This is a VMware VM by the way.
    ESXi v5.0 U1/v5.1 or Workstation 9?

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    Yes, ESXi 5.1 as it goes. I was starting to wonder if it was VM specific due to the lack of reports in the wild of issues for the time it's been about!

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    Quote Originally Posted by randle View Post
    Yes, ESXi 5.1 as it goes. I was starting to wonder if it was VM specific due to the lack of reports in the wild of issues for the time it's been about!
    Got a number of server 2012 server running on ESXi 5.1 with no issues.

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    IIRC, I once had a similar issue with Windows Update. I fixed it by importing our proxy server settings from Internet Explorer.

    Code:
    netsh winhttp import proxy source=ie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    IIRC, I once had a similar issue with Windows Update. I fixed it by importing our proxy server settings from Internet Explorer.

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    netsh winhttp import proxy source=ie
    Hi Arthur, I've had to do this in the past but for when no communication is possible rather than slow sluggish but eventual as is currently the case. I'll give it a go regardless and let you know.
    Last edited by randle; 16th May 2013 at 09:41 AM.

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    Looks to have worked....I wouldn't have expected Windows Updates to require this configuration as haven't needed to do this on 2003/2008 servers in the past!! Thanks

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    I had this problem all the time prior to installing Update 1 to my ESXi 5.1 setup, I also get the same problem in vmware workstation 9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    IIRC, I once had a similar issue with Windows Update. I fixed it by importing our proxy server settings from Internet Explorer.

    Code:
    netsh winhttp import proxy source=ie
    Brilliant! This has been bugging me for months. Seems to have solved the problem in a matter of seconds.

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