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Microsoft Project Server 2010 and 2013 August 2014 CU Announcement

Microsoft Project Server 2010 and 2013 August 2014 CU Announcement

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*** Update 8/13 - May have jumped the gun on the requirement for SP1 (but not a bad idea anyway) - just without the uber packages everything looked smaller - confirmation shortly... ***

*** Update2 8/13 - SP1 is not a pre-requisite, but the lack of a 'coreserver' patch made me think the patches had shrunk - sorry.  See Stefan Gossner's post for more details on the SharePoint patches - and his guidance to load July and August CU to be sure of being fully patched for SharePoint.  For Project the patches below will get you fully patched for Project and Project Server - no need to install the July CU for any Project patches, the will all be included in the August CU.  And although SP1 isn't required yet, it is certainly worth getting that loaded as it will become a pre-requisite soon. ***

I am very pleased to announce the release of the August 2014 Cumulative Update (CU) for Project, Project Server and SharePoint for 2013, and just Project and SharePoint Server for 2010 – no Project Server 2010 fixes this month.  Feel free to open a support case if you have any questions around this or need assistance getting these patches deployed. 

Project and Project Server 2013 have a new baseline (no, not a new feature, a pre-requisite) – and to install the August 2014 CU you will need your client or server to be patched to Service Pack 1 (SP1).  Links below.  The good news, if you have installed SP1 then the August patch is really quick.  I installed Project, Project Server, SharePoint Server and ran the configuration wizard in less than 20 minutes!

Remember that this release for the 2010 products, like all CUs since the August 2012 Cumulative Update, has a hard requirement on Service Pack 1 – see notes below.  In most of the KB articles the term hotfix is used in place of Cumulative Update.  They tend to be interchangeable terms – a Cumulative Update is just a hotfix built to a schedule.  I should also point out that the individual Project Server packages are only ‘individual’ in the sense that they do not include the SharePoint patches – they are still cumulative and the August CU will contain all previous CU releases (at least back to the applicable baseline Service Pack (the respective SP1’s for both 2010 and 2013).  The August CU for Project and Project Server 2013 does not include fixes that were included in SP1 – hence the requirement to have SP1 installed first..

Another important point to add here is that there was an issue early last year running the SharePoint Configuration Wizard on a server with Project Server 2013 installed – this is fixed by applying the April 2013 or later– so a good practice would be to load SP1, then the August 2014 CU and then run the configuration wizard (if you didn’t already load the April 2013 through June 2014 CU).

The August 2014 for Microsoft Project 2010, can be installed with Microsoft Project 2010 SP2 – and overcomes the issues seen with the August 2013 CU under certain conditions where the database upgrader would fail.

Project and Project Server 2013

An overview of all the Office 2013 releases for August 2014 can be found here - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2989078 - Office 2013 cumulative update for August 2014

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:

Project Server 2013 Server Rollup Package

Still waiting for news on the rollup package – more soon.  *** Update 8/13 - I understand there will be no uber packages this month - see Stefan's link above ***

Project Server 2013 Individual Project Package – (cumulative, but only the Project Server fixes):

Hotfix KB2883083 for Project Server 2013 August 12, 2014 (Projectserverwfe-x-none.msp; Projectservermui-<Language-Code>.msp)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2883083

The dbo.Versions table should show 15.0.4639.1000 after applying the June August 2014 CU.   The version number 15.0.46314641.1000 can be used to control the connecting client to the August 2014 level, but only if you are loading the August CU to the server and client.  This version relates to the server side scheduling engine and can be different from the database level.

SP1 for Project Server 2013 can be hound here - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2880553 

If you want SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Foundation 2013 patches as the roll up is not yet (and may not be) available – see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2989078 where they and others are all listed.

Project 2013 Client Package:

Hotfix KB2883080 for Project 2013 August 12, 2014 (Project-x-none.msp)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2880493 Corrected - thanks Jules! http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2883080 ***

The client version number will be 15.0.4641.1001.  However, use 15.0.4641.1000  if you want to restrict the client version that can connect to the server.  See Project Server 2013- Controlling the version of connecting clients–and PWA edits- for more details – assuming of course that you have upgraded the server to the August CU too.  If not then follow the suggested version number for the server patch level you are running.

We are working on the specific CU installation documentation for 2013, but the process hasn’t changed from 2010 – so if you are familiar with 2010 patching or read the 2010 instructions below you should be good to go.

SP1 for Project Professional 2013 can be found here - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2817433

Also note that Click to Run installations will be automatically patched, usually within a month.  Installations in Enterprise Environments that have been modified will be deployed based on the schedule determined by your Administrator.

Project and Project Server 2010

An overview of all the Office 2010 releases for August 2014 can be found here - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2987238  - Office 2010 cumulative update for August 2014

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:

No Project Server 2010 CU release this month – see  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2987238 for details of the available SharePoint Server patches if you need those.

Project 2010 Client Package:

Hotfix KB2883021 for Project 2010 August 12, 2014 (Project-x-none.msp)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2883021

The client version number is 14.0.7130.5000, in case you want to limit the connection of certain patched release to Project Server 2010.

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 (when available) 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 or SP2 from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39657

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 or SP2 can be found at Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Project 2010 (KB2687457) 32-Bit Edition and Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Project 2010 (KB2687457) 64-Bit Edition.

Client Installation:

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.

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