Subject: Announcing December Cumulative Update for Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
We are happy to announce that December Cumulative Update for Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 is available now. Despite the fixes and improvements, this new update package is also an effort to create a more convenient way for SharePoint administrators to keep all files in their SharePoint installations up-to-date. In this post, we will guide you on how and when to update, and the background of this new update model improvement.
December Cumulative Update Steps & Suggestions
Customers do not need to install these updates unless they are affected by the specific problems described in the KB articles. These cumulative updates will be rolled in to Service Pack 2.
To keep all the files in a SharePoint installation up-to-date, we recommend that customers install updates in the following sequence:
1. Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Service Pack 1
2. The 2007 Microsoft Office Servers Service Pack 1
3. December Cumulative Update for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
4. December Cumulative Update for Microsoft Office Servers
After applying the preceding updates, run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard or “psconfig –cmd upgrade –inplace b2b -wait” in command line. This needs to be done on every server in the farm with SharePoint installed. The version of content databases should be 22.214.171.12435 after successfully applying these updates.
For more in-depth guidance for the update process, we recommend that customers refer to the following articles. These articles provide a correct way to deploy updates, identify known issues (and resolutions), and provide information about creating slipstream builds.
Deploy software updates for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
Deploy software updates for Office SharePoint Server 2007
The detail of December Cumulative Update (CU) for Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 can be found here:
Description of the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 cumulative update package: December 16, 2008 (The link will be active soon)
Description of the SharePoint Server 2007 cumulative update package: December 16, 2008 (The link will be active soon)
Background Information of the New Cumulative Update
The Microsoft Office team has heard your feedback around how hard it has been to manage which SharePoint cumulative updates you need to apply for your systems to be up-to-date. We are pleased to announce that from this point forward each Cumulative Update will also consist of a package that contains the latest of every hotfix patch that we have shipped. Consider a scenario where you want to build a new MOSS server. You can apply the latest service pack, the latest WSS Cumulative Update package and the latest MOSS Cumulative Update package and be completely up-to-date. However, while we recommend it, you are not required to install the latest service pack. If you cannot install the latest service pack, we support installing a cumulative update on top of an older service pack that is still with-in lifecycle (For more information, see http://www.microsoft.com/lifecycle ). A few key points should be noted on the structure of the new update format:
WSS continues to remain separate and is not included in the MOSS package
All of the latest Global and Local patches for WSS are in the WSS package
All of the latest Global and Local patches for MOSS (Excel Server, Document LifeCycle, etc are part of MOSS), InfoPath Forms Server, Project Server are in the Office Server package
The list of what is in the package is an accumulation over time of what we have shipped since RTM
The package includes the Infrastructure Update, there is no reason to install it separately.
Currently the WSS Cumulative Update contains (“x-none” means Global where a regional codes like “en-us” indicates Local):
Wssmui-en-us.msp (and every other language)
The MOSS Cumulative Update contains:
Coreservermui-en-us.msp (and every other language)
Dlcmui-en-us.msp (and every other language)
Cumulative updates are scheduled for every two months, so customers can be better prepared to test and apply new updates. Any customer who needs an emergency fix can still request a critical on-demand (COD) fix. For information, please refer to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953878.
SharePoint Program Manager
Jie Li & Dave Pae
SharePoint Technical Product Manager
Download details: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Service Pack 1 (SP1)