For sure recently released Update 1 of the Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 provide a lot of enhancements but it’s also a cumulative update including security and non-security related updates.
Recently, Microsoft also updated KB2883952 : Recommended hotfixes and updates for Windows Server 2012 DirectAccess and Windows Server 2012 R2 DirectAccess to include Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 related updates. Let’s have a look why it’s interesting to deploy update 1 on these systems:
- KB2912883 – Remote Assistance connection to a Windows Direct Access client computer fails
- KB2895930 – Remote Access Management leaks memory when a VPN or Direct Access connection is used in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012
The first one seems to be an old friend of mine. If you have a look in previously published blog post, you will find this article: DirectAccess and Windows Remote Assistance. We had an update to fix the Windows Remote Assistance to work with DirectAccess infrastructure based on Windows Server 2012 or above but nothing for Windows 8 until now. If you needed a reason to deploy update 1 on Windows 8.1, you got it. Now this point is fixed, I will be able to publish an interesting scenario for remote assistance of DirectAccess clients in the DirectAccess challenge series. Stay tuned.
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