Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 always connects to Windows Update Internet locations in a WSUS environment

Gäller för: Windows Server 2012 DatacenterWindows Server 2012 DatacenterWindows Server 2012 Standard

Symptoms


Assume that you set up a Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) environment. When you run Windows Update on a client computer that is running Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, or Windows RT, the Windows Update client software periodically tries to access a Microsoft URL, even though you have configured the computer to receive its updates from the WSUS server. This problem occurs even if you have set the Turn off access to all Windows Update features and Do not connect to any Windows Update Internet locations group policies to block access.

Note This problem does not cause updates to be downloaded unexpectedly from the Windows Update and Microsoft Update services. However, it can cause delays in Windows Update operations.

How to obtain this update


To resolve this problem, we have released an update for Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, and Windows RT.

This update enables the Do not connect to any Windows Update Internet locations policy to function on client computers that are running Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, or Windows RT.

Note After you enable this policy, computers will be prevented from accessing the Windows Store.

Windows Update

This update is available from Windows Update.

Update detail information


Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for installing this update.

Registry information

To apply this update, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You may have to restart the computer after you apply this update.

Update replacement information

This update does not replace a previously released update.

Status


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More Information


Beginning in Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, and Windows RT, Windows Update implements a new mechanism to dynamically determine what services are available. As part of this mechanism, the Windows Update client software periodically tries to contact a Microsoft host. The existing Turn off access to all Windows Update features policy that controls access to the Windows Update and Microsoft Update services did not control access to this new service discovery mechanism.

Beginning in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1, a new Do not connect to any Windows Update Internet locations policy is added. This policy is used to suppress this mechanism and to force the Windows Update client software to access only known services. This policy was previously not implemented for earlier versions of Windows.


For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates