Great News (Finally)! The latest Cumulative Updates (CU) for Project and Project Server 2010 and 2007 have been released.  We still refer to this as the August Cumulative update – although several of the dates actually say September – and the descriptions tend to says Hotfix rather than Cumulative Update.  Feel free to open a support case if you have any questions around this or need assistance getting these patches deployed.  Remember that this release for 2010 is the first cumulative update that has a hard requirement on Service Pack 1 – see notes below.

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 August CUs from the following articles:

Server Rollup Package(Recommended):

Description of the Project Server 2010 cumulative update package (Project server-package): September 14, 2012

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2687354

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): September 14, 2012

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2687390

Additional package – this includes some localized fixes that are not in 2687390, but are in the roll-up package 2687354.

Description of the Project Server 2010 hotfix package (Pjsrvwfe-x-none.msp, Pjsrvmui-xx-xx.msp): September 14, 2012

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2687385

Includes all of 2687390 + and a Custom Field formula issue and a Active Directory Synchronization replacement character (list separator) issue.  These needed globalization changes hence the separate fix.

Project Client Package:

Description of the Project 2010 hotfix package (Project-x-none.msp): August 28, 2012

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2687386

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.

As mentioned above, and at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/brismith/archive/2012/07/18/project-server-2010-from-august-2012-cumulative-update-onwards-you-will-also-need-to-load-sp1.aspx – the August Cumulative Update requires your client and server to already be at the Service Pack 1 (SP1) level – if you get a message saying the patch does not apply to your system then this may be the reason.

SP1 for the Project Server 2010 can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=26636 

SP1 for the Project Professional 2010 client can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=26635 for the 32-bit and http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=26627 for the 64-bit.

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.

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 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.

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

Server Rollup Packages:

Description of the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 cumulative update server hotfix package (WSS server-package): August 28, 2012

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2687331

Description of the SharePoint Server 2007 cumulative update server hotfix package (MOSS server-package): August 28, 2012

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2687330

Individual Product Packages:

Description of the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 hotfix package (Sts-x-none.msp): August 28, 2012

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2687327

Description of the Project Server 2007 hotfix package (Pjsrvapp-x-none.msp, Pjsrvwfe-x-none.msp): August 28, 2012

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2687332

Description of the Project 2007 hotfix package (Project-x-none.msp): August 28, 2012

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2687377

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 August 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 optional, 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.

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!