Hopefully, you read my previous blog, I posted roughly two months ago, where I advised you not to immediately install any Service Pack (SP), Cumulative Update (CU), or Hotfix, unless it was absolutely necessary for your environment. I suggested, and have done so for several years, that you wait two months, to see if there are any issues introduced with the newly released software ‘Update’.
My suggestion is because if there are issues introduced in the ‘update’ they would be discovered by those who chose to, or had to, deploy the recently released update. Unfortunately for them, they will be the ones who discover, report, troubleshoot, and test the fixes for the issues raised by the ‘upgrade.’ Notice I’m not talking about SharePoint specifically, as indicated in my previous blog post, I mean any software released by any vendor, not just Microsoft, not just SharePoint.
Did you take my advice? I really hope the answer is a resounding ‘YES Brian!’ Because if not, you probably spent some frustrating time resolving the issues introduced by the original SharePoint 2013 SP1.
SharePoint 2013 SP1 introduced a pretty major issue with SharePoint 2013 as briefly described in KB 2817429. In fact the issued were troublesome enough that Microsoft recalled the Service Pack and deactivated the download links for the original SharePoint 2013 SP1.
Microsoft recently re-released SharePoint 2013 SP1 without much of an announcement. What are you going to do with this new release of SP1 for SharePoint 2013? You know what I want to hear. I want to hear ‘wait two months as you recommended.’
Now for the bad news, if you didn’t follow my suggestion, or you were in a situation where you had to install the original SharePoint 2013 SP1, then Microsoft suggests that you download the updated SP1, and install it over the existing/previously released Service Pack 1. After a successful installation of the Updated SP1 you need to immediately run the PSConfig or PSConfigUI command.
For those of you who didn’t deploy the original SharePoint 2013 SP1, you can download the updated SP1 and deploy as per the associated KB documentation. But when are you going to do that? Now or hang out for a couple of months? I know what I’m NOT doing in the immediate future. J
Speaking of the KB articles, this is where you find the updated SharePoint 2013 Service Pack 1 and the associated KB articles.
|SharePoint Server Language Pack
|SharePoint Foundation Language Pack
|Office Web Apps Server
When the time is right for you, be sure to review the KB articles associated with each product and deploy the updated SP1 for SharePoint 2013. Remember the old saying ‘Patience is a virtue.’