Software Update – kb2920189 & VM Secure boot

Hi All, Yesterday i was updating my lab and i noticed that every single vm was failing to install kb2920189. All my vm’s are running windows server 2012 R2 under a WS2012 R2 host, it means i created a 2nd generation of VM’s and the Secure boot was enabled. Looking at the logs, i found the error 0x800f0922 and if you look at the internet, there are lots of things about this error that was not relevant to the issue here, until i found a forum post that helped me. basically, if you’re having this problem with your 2nd generation machines with secure boot enabled, perform the following tasks: 1- shutdown your VM 2- Edit the VM settings and under Firmware, disable the Enable Secure boot 3- Bring the VM up and install the hotfix 4- Shutdown the VM again 5- Edit the VM settings and under Firmware, Enable the…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/raphael/software-update-kb2920189-vm-secure-boot/

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