Microsoft issues emergency Windows Server update for Remote Desktop bug

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  • If you too are experiencing Remote Desktop connection issues, you want to hear this.
  • Microsoft just released an emergency out-of-band update to fix a Windows Server bug.
  • This is a cumulative update and will not install automatically through Windows Update.
  • Needless to say, you can find and download the patch from the Windows Update Catalog.
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The Redmond-based tech company has just released an emergency out-of-band update to address a Windows Server bug leading to Remote Desktop connection and performance issues.

Because of this problem, you might also be unable to use Remote Desktop to reach the server. In some circumstances, the server might stop responding.

Affected platforms include Windows Server 2022, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, and Windows Server 2012 R2.

Windows Server 2022, 2016 and 2012 R2 fixes not available yet

Please note that the above-mentioned updates that address this issue are not available from Windows Update and will not install automatically on the affected systems.

In order to get the standalone KB5010196 update package for Windows Server 2019, we all have to use the instructions available in the official knowledgebase article.

But keep in mind that you can also download the update, as you would download any other, from the Microsoft Update Catalog.

Furthermore, enterprise admins can import this update into Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) manually using the instructions available in the Microsoft Update Catalog as well.

Also important to take into consideration is that KB5010196 is a cumulative update, so you will not have to deploy previous Windows Server updates before installing it.

With all this being said, know that Microsoft has not yet released the updates for Windows Server 2022, Windows Server 2016, and Windows Server 2012 R2, as it is still working on a fix.

The tech giant mentioned that the patch for the above-mentioned versions will become available over the next few days.

So, if you are also affected by this nasty bug, all you can do for the time being is wait on Microsoft to release the fix, so you can apply it and move on.

What version of Windows Server have you encountered this problem on? Share your experience with us in the comments section below.

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