Roger Haueter

Modern Workplace Strategist | Microsoft Most Valuable Professional

Is your SharePoint 2013 farm still supported after April 10th?

As mentioned in an earlier blog post the general Microsoft mainstream support for SharePoint Server 2013 will end by April 10, 2018.

Please note that all SharePoint servers and farms running a patch level lower than April 2017 CU will be unsupported after this date! To prevent falling out of support you should plan to upgrade your farm to the latest patch level.


SharePoint 2016 Cumulative Updates: February 2018

The February 2018 Cumulative Updates contain fixes and improvements for SharePoint Server 2016 and Office Online Server 2016.

Installation instructions

  • Create a SharePoint Farm Backup.
  • Download all SharePoint Server packages.
  • Extract the previously downloaded files with a double-click.
  • Click "Continue"
  • Define the path in which you would like to extract the installation binaries and click OK. Use the same destination path for the other files.
  • Run the extracted EXE file as administrator.
  • Accept the license terms and click "Continue".
  • Repeat the previous two steps for the other EXE files in this folder.
  • Apply the updates to each SharePoint server in the farm.
  • As soon as the installation of the cumulative update has finished on all servers, run the SharePoint Configuration Wizard successively on each SharePoint server in the farm.

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SharePoint 2013 Cumulative Updates: February 2018

The February 2018 Cumulative Updates contain numerous hotfixes and improvements for SharePoint Foundation 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, Project Server 2013 and Office Web Apps Server 2013. The cumulative update package is multilingual and contains updates for all languages.

Before you start
Since June 2014 the Cumulative Updates for SharePoint products releases on a monthly basis.
Since May 2015 the server proofing tools are included in the cumulative updates.
This cumulative update includes all patches since the Service Pack 1 release, but not the Service Pack 1 itself. You must install the Service Pack 1 before installing this cumulative update. Read how-to install Service Pack 1.
Because of the file size the cumulative update package has been divided in three parts; ubersrv.exe, ubersrv_1.cab and ubersrv_2.cab. You have to put them all in the same folder.

Installation instructions

  • Create a SharePoint Farm Backup.
  • Download all SharePoint Foundation and SharePoint Server packages.
  • Extract the previously downloaded files with a double-click.
  • Click "Continue"
  • Define the path in which you would like to extract the installation binaries and click OK. Use the same destination path for the other files.
  • Run the extracted EXE file as administrator.
  • Accept the license terms and click "Continue".
  • Repeat the previous two steps for the other EXE files in this folder.
  • Apply the updates to each SharePoint server in the farm.
  • As soon as the installation of the cumulative update has finished on all servers, run the SharePoint Configuration Wizard successively on each SharePoint server in the farm. This step is required if your farm level is lower than July 2015 CU.
  • Restart the User Profile Service on affected servers.

Hotfix KB4011649 for SharePoint Foundation 2013: February 13, 2018
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Description of the SharePoint Foundation 2013 update package
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I’m speaking at Experts Live Switzerland

I’m delighted to be chosen again as a speaker at Experts Live Switzerland. This 1-day conference is a technical-oriented community event and will run on May 3rd, 2018 at Welle7 in Bern. 16 top experts and Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) will deliver topics such as cloud platform, cloud productivity, datacenter management and workplace management.

My session starts at 3:15 PM and will cover the following topic:
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SQL Server Best Practices for SharePoint Server 2016

The performance of SharePoint Server 2016 is heavily dependent on SQL Server. In this article I'm going to show you how to configure SQL Server optimally and how to improve the performance of a SharePoint platform overall.

Almost all SharePoint data is stored in SQL Server. Because of this fact it's not surprising that the SQL Server performance has a direct impact on the speed of SharePoint. Below are a few tips to improve performance at no extra cost.

Configuration at Windows Server level

Windows Server Performance Options
By default Let Windows choose what's best for my computer is set. In most cases, the server is optimized for a nice display, but this is not very important for a server. The value can be set to Adjust for best performance:
Right-click on This PC> Properties > Advanced System Settings > Advanced > Performance > Settings... > Visual Effects
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Set Page File Size
By default, the page file is managed by Windows. In most cases, it makes sense to determine the size and storage location yourself.
This PC > Properties > Advanced system settings > Advanced > Performance > Settings... > Advanced > Virtual Memory > Change...Read more