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July 10
Double Your Cumulative Update Fun, SharePoint CUs Are Now Monthly!

If you’re like me, you look forward to all the even numbered months. Not just because of Valentine’s Day and my dad’s birthday, but because that’s when our beloved SharePoint gets its new Cumulative Updates. The odd numbered months just don’t feel like as much fun in comparison. I felt bad for them.

Until today… (well, yesterday)

I was surprised two days ago when SharePoint 2013 got a July CU. July? That’s an odd month, this makes no sense! This changes everything. Is water still wet? Is the sky still blue? I can’t keep up!

Yesterday Microsoft announced that SharePoint on-premises, both 2010 and 2013, will start getting monthly CUs. That’s going to be a lot to keep track of, but I think I’m up to it. I will still maintain my SharePoint 2010 Builds page and my SharePoint 2013 Builds page. My guidance on CUs hasn’t changed. You shouldn’t install a CU unless it contains a fix that you need. And if you talk yourself into installing a CU, install it in a test environment first to see if it breaks anything. I maintain a wiki with a page for every patch. As soon as I know about a problem with a patch I’ll record it there. If you do find a problem with a patch, let me know and I’ll add it.

At first blush, I think this is a good thing. Like SharePoint Online, Microsoft seems committed to updating SharePoint on-prem at a rapid pace. The good news with on-prem SharePoint is that we get to choose whether the patches get installed or not. Seems like the best of both worlds to me.




Monthly Smonthly......

Given the recent fubars with some patches......I can wait and let you brave souls test the waters first.  We tend to stay around 6 months behind just to be safe.

The great point you made was to not install a CU unless you need something it fixes.
 on 7/10/2014 9:09 AM

Re: Monthly Smonthly......

I've always felt like installing CUs was playing with fire. Staying six months behind isn't a bad idea.

Todd O. KlindtNo presence information on 7/10/2014 9:15 AM

Microsoft Announcement

Interesting, thanks Todd. I haven't been able to find the actual announcement by MS, is that published somewhere?
 on 7/10/2014 11:11 AM

Re: Microsoft Announcement

I heard it from a couple of internal people first. Then I saw it on Stefan Gossners blog,

Todd O. KlindtNo presence information on 7/10/2014 9:51 PM

PowerShell script - Why SharePoint 2013 Cumulative Update takes 5 hours to install?

If we are patching more often, the RussMax script will be even more handy than it already was.   Helps speed so much that I wrapped with PowerShell remoting to run across many servers easily.
 on 7/12/2014 3:55 PM

To update or not to update

Hi Todd... after searching everywhere on Microsoft, and not getting the answers I need.. I decide to search your name along with the information I need, and vwalah, answers are provided! As usual :)

In regards to this post, I agree, if we don't have the problem then don't apply the patch.

We are seeing an issue in SP 2010 and the fix was released in Dec 2013 Wss-x-none.msp, which we never applied for various reasons. My first question is: Do we now go and apply the hotfix or the Dec 2013 CU, or just skip ahead and get the July 2014 CU? So far no issues have been reported with July 2014 CU and it's been a few months..

The other reason for getting up to date with cu's / patches is, doesn't Microsoft support require you to be up to date before they even look at your problems?
 on 10/1/2014 10:01 PM

CUs Cycles

So, I started seeing SharePoint patches coming through in Windows Update that didn't before. Are these monthly CUs included in the Windows Update releases?
 on 11/24/2014 12:28 PM

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