In contrast, the Windows Server 2016 staggered update release approach seems like an improvement as it more easily permits organizations to opt for using the security update up front, if that's the approach they want to take.
Microsoft conceives of this time lag as a testing period for IT pros.
"This predicable behavior gives time to test updates such as in your lab, before being notified across the broader set," Microsoft's announcement explained.
Windows Server 2016 patching likely won't differ too much from the monthly cumulative update model laid out by Microsoft for other Windows products, but there are some nuances.
In late October, Microsoft explained in a "Patching with Windows Server 2016" blog post that the server is getting basically two types of cumulative updates each month.
However, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 users are out of luck because that product doesn't have the ability to customize the supersedence rules, Microsoft recently explained.