Stefan Goßner

Senior Escalation Engineer for SharePoint Products and Technologies

Whitepaper explaining the update process of SharePoint

Whitepaper explaining the update process of SharePoint

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I often receive questions on the patching process of SharePoint.

The following white paper addresses the often-misunderstood subject of SharePoint Products and Technologies patching. It explains the various types of updates that are available, the release cycle for each type of update and how these updates depend on — and interact with — each other. It covers the recommended, tried-and-true process for installing updates. It describes how to dissect a SharePoint Products and Technologies update and the typical components that you will find contained within it; this information is crucial for you to understand how the update mechanism works. The final section of the white paper discusses how to monitor, verify and troubleshoot the application of SharePoint Products and Technologies updates. This white paper is meant to be read in conjunction with TechNet articles, and includes references to these articles where relevant.

  • Thanks for sharing, Stefan, but the white paper is three years old. There's no mention of SharePoint 2013 in it. Of course, some of the information applies to 2013, but it's going to be difficult to distinguish what has changed since the paper was written.

  • Hi Paul,

    you are right - but the main concepts haven't changed.

    Regarding the specific details in file locations and also the build numbers - these are different.

    Currently there is no better material available for SP2013.



  • Hi Stefan,

    Any behind-the-scenes comments about what's new in the updating  process with March 13 update?



  • Is there a document for 2013?


  • Hi Praveen,
    there is no specific document for SP2013 but the concepts explained in the whitepaper have not changed.

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