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How to Install the Windows Server 2012 R2 Update

The standalone Windows Server 2012 R2 Update comprises of 5 MSU package files that must be installed individually and in a specific order.  Also, before attempting to install these MSU files a prerequisite update must be installed beforehand.

To install the Windows Server 2012 R2 Update manually (i.e. not using Windows Update or WSUS), follow the steps below:

  1. Check if the KB2919442 prerequisite update is already installed? If not download and install it from the following link:
    Update for Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB2919442)
  2. Download the standalone Windows Server 2012 R2 Update MSU files
    Windows Server 2012 R2 Update (KB2919355)
  3. Install the MSU files in the following order and restart
  • KB2919355
  • KB2932046
  • KB2937592
  • KB2938439
  • KB2934018

I’ve downloaded the files into a single folder and renamed them accordingly so I don’t install them incorrectly:


Note- After each update has completed installing it will prompt to restart, it’s safe to cancel these and restart only after all updates have installed.


Windows Server 2012 R2 Update Standalone Download

The Windows Server Blog has announced the release of the Windows Server 2012 R2 Update.  The update can downloaded and installed using the Windows Update feature however most production servers don’t (and should not) have direct access to the internet.  In addition, an issue with WSUS and SSL has been reported and Microsoft have temporarily pulled the plug on delivering this update via the WSUS/ Windows Catalog channel.

I’m working on a Hyper-V 2012 R2 Replica PoC at the moment and these servers don’t have direct access to the internet so I needed a manual way to install the Update.  I spent close to 20 minutes on the web this morning tracking down the download location so to hopefully save others from the same I have included the link below:

Windows Server 2012 R2 Update (KB2919355)

To find out what’s included in the Windows Server 2012 R2 update check out the article post by John Savill on the Windows IT Pro site.

Update 1: PC Pro have posted an article detailing more information about the issue with WSUS

Duplicate/ copy a volume on HP StoreVirtual

20 March 2014


I found myself in a position were I needed to duplicate a copy of an existing volume on a HP StoreVirtual (aka LeftHand) SAN cluster.  Easy, right?  HP StoreVirtual is a mature SAN solution which should do this in a few clicks.  Well it turns out this is not the case.

As any good IT Pro does, I held back the urge to go straight to Uncle Google and Mr Bing and trawled through the HP StoreVirtual documentation and read a lot about the Volume Snapshot and SmartClone features but they don’t provide what I required- an exact copy of an already existing Primary Volume as another primary volume.

The solution in the end was to use a feature called Remote Snapshot.  The purpose of this feature is mainly for DR and testing but can be used for what I needed.  I’ve outlined the steps below:

  • Right click the volume you want to duplicate and click New Remote Snapshot
  • Click the New Snapshot button and provide a name (default name is fine)

  • Click the New Remote Volume button

  • Ensure the Existing Cluster and Add a Volume
  • to an Existing Cluster options are chosen

  • If you have more than one Management Group, choose where you want the duplicate volume to be stored
  • Provide a name and description for the duplicate volume, click Finish and click Close
  • You will be brought back to the New Remote Snapshot window. The Remote Volume Name: and Snapshot Name: fields will have been automatically completed.
  • Click OK.

  • This will kick off the volume copying process.
  • To view the status of the copying process, click the volume and choose the Remote Snapshots tab.
  • When the % Complete column reaches 100% the copying process has finished, you will not receive a prompt advising this.
  • Right click the duplicated volume (not the snapshot) and click the Failover/ Failback Volume option.
  • Click Next.
  • Choose the option To fail over the primary volume and click Next.

  • Click Next.
  • Add a description, adjust the volume size as required and choose the provisioning type.
  • * Note- even if the source volume is Thin provisioned, this will not be carried over as the Full option will be chosen as default.
  • Click Finish and Close.
  • Now delete the snapshot on the original drive and the snapshot on the duplicated drive.
  • At this stage you will now have 2 identical primary volumes.