SharePoint Server patching is one of the regular maintenance tasks SharePoint admins are concerned with. How regular? Ideally - monthly, but we don’t live in ideal world. If SharePoint farm has not been patched for a couple of months or couple of years, it’s no big deal - just install the latest Cumulative Update and have all fixes in place, right? Wrong!
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Big news from MS - as announced some time ago, SharePoint Server 2019 Preview is here. Here is the quick comparison of software requirements for SharePoint Server 2016 vs 2019.
Ok, just installed January 2018 CU on SharePoint 2013 farm which was not patched since SP1 before that. It seems the bug from one of the security updates introduced in March 2015 is still there and ruins InfoPath forms. There is a blog with a solution for that (thanks Kate). Looks like no one reported this to MS since this was not fixed, and now it’s probably too late. I’ll repost the solution here in case the source will go down, looks like it was not updated for a while… After installing the Security Update for Microsoft SharePoint 2013 ( KB2881078 ), we realized that the InfoPath forms stopped working.
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SharePoint patching is always tricky. Difficult to test, difficult to roll back in case of issues, you name it. And every SharePoint pro has the own way to do patching which has been proved reliable and efficient. But now we can rely not only on our own experience and blogs like this one. We have a source of sacred knowledge, passed down from Microsoft itself. Common, grab it faster from Technet Gallery: SharePoint Build to Build Update Playbook