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Microsoft Project Server and SharePoint Server 2007 and 2010 December 2011 CU Announcement

Microsoft Project Server and SharePoint Server 2007 and 2010 December 2011 CU Announcement

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Great News! The December Cumulative Updates (CU) for Project and Project Server 2010 and 2007 have been released.  Feel free to open a support case if you have any questions around this or need assistance getting these patches deployed.

Also remember to join us in January for a TechNet webcast to go over both the December 2011 Cumulative Updates for Project Server 2010 and Project Server 2007.  The information for this event is below:

TechNet Webcast: Information about Microsoft Project and Project Server December 2011 Software Update (Level 200)

https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032493964&culture=en-us

Project and Project Server 2010

This include a number of fixes, so Microsoft strongly recommends that you test this in a test environment based on your production environment before putting this fix live in production.

The article below provides information on how to deploy the Project Server Cumulative Update.

You can read about the fixes included in the Project and Project Server December CUs from the following articles:

Server Rollup Package(Recommended):

Description of the Project Server 2010 cumulative update package (Project server-package): December 13, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2597015

Individual Project Server Package:

Only required if you do not install the Server Rollup.

Description of the Project Server 2010 hotfix package (Pjsrvwfe-x-none.msp): December 13, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2596997

Project Client Package:

Description of the Project 2010 hotfix package (x86 Project-x-none.msp, x64 Project-x-none.msp): December 13, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2597006

More information on deploying the Cumulative Update:

The article below provides information on how to deploy the Project Server Cumulative Update.

Updates for Project Server 2010

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/projectserver/gg176680.aspx

As Project Server 2010 is now based on SharePoint Server 2010 we strongly recommend that you install the Project Server 2010 Server Rollup Package as there are a large number of individual server packages for SharePoint Server. The Project Server 2010 Server Rollup Package contains all the patches released in this Cumulative Update for SharePoint Foundation Server 2010, SharePoint Server 2010 and Project Server 2010.

For those accustomed to Project Server 2007 Cumulative Updates, you should note that the MOSS Server Rollup Package does not contain the Project Server patches.   As in Project Server 2007, the Server Rollup Packages are much larger but they will greatly simplify your Project Server patch deployment.

Client Installation:

Installation of the client patch is straightforward and is the same as it was in Project 2007. The instructions for installing the client patch are below.

NOTE: Microsoft strongly recommends testing within a NON-Production environment prior to rollout.

  1. Download the hotfix from the link in the KB Article.
  1. Extract the patch package by running the .exe file that you downloaded.
  2. Run the extracted .exe file to apply the patch to your Project Professional/Standard client.

Project and Project Server 2007

This include a number of fixes, so Microsoft strongly recommends that you test this in a test environment based on your production environment before putting this fix live in production.

*** Update - all packages now available (12/16/2011) ***

There was an issue found with the Project Server 2007 December Cumulative Update and it had to be rebuilt.  The issue has been fixed and we expect the patch to be released the week of December 19th.

You can read about the fixes included in the December CU from the following articles:

Server Rollup Packages:

Available Now!

Description of the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 cumulative update server hotfix package (WSS server-package): December 13, 2011 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2596987

ETA:  Week of December 19th.  Now available (12/16/2011)

Description of the Office SharePoint Server 2007 cumulative update package (MOSS server-package): December 13, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2596986

Individual Product Packages:

Available Now!

Description of the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 hotfix package (Sts-x-none.msp): December 13, 2011 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2596983

 ETA:  Week of December 19th.  Now available (12/16/2011) .

Description of the Office Project Server 2007 hotfix package (pjsrvapp-x-none.msp, pjsrvwfe-x-none.msp): December 13, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2596989

Available Now!

Description of the Project 2007 hotfix package (Project-x-none.msp): December 13, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2596984

More information on deploying the Cumulative Update:

The article below provides information on how to deploy the Project Server Cumulative Update.

Deploy cumulative updates (Project Server 2007)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd239177.aspx

Server Pack 3 for Project and Project Server 2007 has been released.  While not required for the December CU, we strongly recommend that you install it as it contains a number of patches to improve performance and reliability.  The following blog goes into more detail about SP3.

Office 2007 and SharePoint 2007 Service Pack 3 Availability

http://blogs.technet.com/b/office_sustained_engineering/archive/2011/10/25/office-2007-and-sharepoint-2007-service-pack-3-availability.aspx

SP3 may be option, however, Service Pack 2 for both WSS and Office Servers 2007 are required for this Cumulative Update. The KB articles below provide information on how to download and install SP2 if you have not already done so.

Description of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP2 and of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Language Pack SP2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953338

Description of 2007 Microsoft Office servers Service Pack 2 and of 2007 Microsoft Office servers Language Pack Service Pack 2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953334

The Server CU is released in two different versions. The first version is in Individual Packages specific to a particular product like WSS and Project Server. These are smaller downloads but they do not include language packs or patches for other products so patches for those products would have to be downloaded and installed separately.

The second version is the Server Rollup Packages. This is a set of two rollup packages which contains all the fixes for WSS, Project Server and MOSS. These packages should be used when MOSS is part of the deployment and/or you have language packs installed. The Server Rollup Packages are much larger but they will greatly simplify MOSS patch deployment.

Client Installation:

In order to install this hotfix, you will need to have Microsoft Project 2007 SP2 installed on the client.

Description of Office Project 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and of Office Project Language Pack 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953326

Once we know that SP2 is installed, you will install the hotfix by performing the following steps:

NOTE: Microsoft strongly recommends testing within a NON-Production environment prior to rollout.

  1. Download the hotfix from either the KB Article or by using the information at the end of this email.
  2. Extract the patch package by running the .exe file that you downloaded.
  3. Run the extracted .exe file to apply the patch to your Project Professional/Standard SP1 client.

Feel free to open a support incident at http://support.microsoft.com if you run into any issues with the installation and we will be happy to help!

Comments
  • Hi Brian

    Can you please tell me if Microsoft recommends the rollout on client side of this CU December 2011 without updating the server side. Our MOPS/MOSS2010 farm is currently patched with Sp1+CU0611.

    Or do you always recommend to keep the client and server patch level matched?

    Thanks in advance

  • Hi Gui,

    It is good practice to keep the server and client at the same patch level but is certainly not a requirement.  It is also good practice to use the server setting that will control server access to a certain patch level of client as this can avoid a single un-patched client from re-introducing problems that are fixed in recent patches.

    Best regards,

    Brian.

  • Hi Brian, thanks for the reply on this.  We run into this all the time in our environment.  I do have a question, what specific setting are you referring to when you state, "good practice to use the server setting that will control server access to a certain patch level of client" is this a Project 2010 exclusive setting? or is it availble in Project 2007?

    Thanks again!

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