Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Patching or Updating SharePoint 2010 is a two step process

Whenever you patch or update SharePoint Server 2010 there are really two steps you need to follow. The first is the more obvious one. You download the patch from Microsoft and install it. It will typically show up in the Program Files list under the Control Panel. This needs to be done on each web front end in the farm. This is where many people stop. However, SharePoint 2010 requires that the content databases be updated as well. To update the configuration database, you have to do the following steps on one of web front ends in the farm. I usually use the one that has Central Administration installed.

  1. Open an Administrative command prompt.
  2. cd C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\BIN
  3. Run PSConfig.exe -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -force -cmd applicationcontent -install -cmd installfeatures
 This process can take a while depending on how big your databases are, processing power, etc, but it does take many minutes generally and SharePoint will be down while it is being updated.

For more details, check out this blog. I summarized some key info from it:

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