You do NOT need to install the SPF CU before installing the SharePoint Server CU as of 2011-08-31

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

Yes, yes, I know.  I’m only about 4 months behind on this revelation, but it came and went without too much fan fare.  Something that so radically changes the way we apply Cumulative Updates for SharePoint, deserves a special footnote.  Consider this post as such.

We bid farewell to Long drawn out explanations to clients as to why they have to install the Foundation CU before installing the Server CU when they have the Server product installed.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to explain and then re-explain this to admins.  The concept is confusing and I’m glad it’s finally been rectified.  Per the Updates for SharePoint 2010 Products site:

As a result of the new packaging, it is no longer necessary to install the SharePoint Foundation cumulative update and then install the SharePoint Server cumulative update.” – SharePoint Product Team

This is indeed great news.  To be clear, it’s only for 2010 products.  Of course, Microsoft has discontinued the release of 2007 product CUs last year and that is probably what helped springboard the new approach to bundling the updates.

Whatever triggered it, I just want to say THANK YOU to the SharePoint Product Team for making life just a little easier… now if we can work on that CU rollback plan



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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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