We may be seeing some issues in Windows Server 2012 and W2012E:
- TechNet Forum: Problems Installing WSE2012 Updates, Including Update Rollup 1
- TechNet Forum: Windows Server 2012 – Windows Update Error 80073718 on 5 updates
- TechNet Forum: server 2012 windowsupdate (sic) error 80073718
In the end the problem points to a “servicing stack corruption” with the OP needing to re-install the operating system from scratch.
While this may be a possible suggestion for a new server setup, those that have had their systems in production for any amount of time are left in a bit of a conundrum.
At this time there is no “fix” for the “problem”.
So given that Microsoft would not recommend a third party action, our suggestion for those that have a full server setup in production is to look into running a Swing Migration. Fellow MVP Jeff Middleton’s methodologies will preserve Active Directory, Group Policy, and more.
If the setup is a VM then there are a number of options one can pursue to Swing the AD off and back on again.
This method would save a good chunk of time as one would not need to migrate the local profiles over to the rebuilt domain nor have to deal with Group Policy Tattoos if one rebuilds with the same domain name. Plus, if there are on-premises services running in Exchange, SQL, and other Line of Business applications the time savings would be _huge_.
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