Roger Haueter

Modern Workplace Strategist | Microsoft Most Valuable Professional

SharePoint 2013 Cumulative Updates: February 2015

The February 2015 Cumulative Update for SharePoint 2013 contains numerous hotfixes and improvements for SharePoint Foundation 2013 and SharePoint 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.
This cumulative update includes all patches since the RTM release, but not the Service Pack 1. You may install the Service Pack 1 before or after 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.
  • Restart the User Profile Service on affected servers.

Hotfix KB2920801 for SharePoint Foundation 2013: February 10, 2015
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Description of the SharePoint Foundation 2013 update package

Hotfix KB2920804 for SharePoint Server 2013: February 10, 2015
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Description of the SharePoint Server 2013 update package

Hotfix KB2920796 for Project Server 2013: February 10, 2015
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Description of the SharePoint Server 2013 with Project Server 2013 update package

Hotfix KB2956101 for Office Web Apps Server 2013: February 10, 2015
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Description of the SharePoint Server 2013 update package

SharePoint 2013 update portal
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/ee748587.aspx


SharePoint 2010 Cumulative Updates: February 2015

The February 2015 Cumulative Update for SharePoint 2010 contains numerous hotfixes and improvements for SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010. 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!
Be aware that the cumulative update requires the Service Pack 2 to be installed. This Cumulative Update does not support Service Pack 1. The SharePoint Server 2010 cumulative update contains all resources of SharePoint Foundation 2010 since the release of Service Pack 2.
If you install the Project Server 2010 hotfixes, you also have to install the SharePoint Server 2010 hotfix.

Installation instructions

  • Make sure you already installed and configured the Service Pack 2 and the July 2014 Cumulative Update.
  • 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.
  • Restart the User Profile Service on affected servers.

Hotfix KB2910904 for SharePoint Foundation 2010: February 10, 2015
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Description of the SharePoint Foundation 2010 update package

Hotfix KB2899558 for SharePoint Server 2010: February 10, 2015
Download
Description of the SharePoint Server 2010 update package

Hotfix KB2899557 for Project Server 2010: February 10, 2015
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Description of the Project Server 2010 update package

Update Portal für SharePoint 2010
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/ff800847.aspx


News summary: SharePoint Server 2016

Microsoft has published exciting news about the next generation (v.Next) of SharePoint. First of all: There will be a next on-premises SharePoint Server version. It's called SharePoint Server 2016. The expected release date is in the second half of this year (probably close to the release date of Office 2016).

Julia White, General Manager for the Office Product Management team, refers in her blog post "Evolution of SharePoint" to the many Office 365 features which were introduced during the last months. Noteworthy are Delve, the Office 365 Video portal and the new Business Intelligence features.
The new SharePoint Server 2016 is designed for Microsofts Software as a Service (SaaS) strategy. Microsoft also invested in hybrid to allow customers to decide their own pace when moving to the cloud. SharePoint 2016 will also deliver rich on-premises capabilities.

More information about SharePoint Server 2016 will be announced at Microsoft Ignite, which will be held on May 4–8, 2015 in Chicago.


Set Office 365 user password to never expire

User passwords in Office 365 are set to expire every 90 days by default. If you don't want to change your passwords that often, you can set the expiration time for a user password up to 730 days.
It may also be a requirement to set some passwords to never expire. This setting is often used for service accounts and should not be set for user accounts. The password policy can only be changed to never expire using PowerShell.

Read here how to connect to your Office 365 tenant using PowerShell.

Set the password for a selected user to never expire
Set-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName <username> -PasswordNeverExpires $true
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Set the passwords for all users in this tenant to never expire
Get-MSOLUser | Set-MsolUser -PasswordNeverExpires $true
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How to connect to Office 365 using PowerShell

Install the following components on your system to connect to your Office 365 tenant using PowerShell:

Microsoft Online Service Sign-in Assistant for IT Professionals RTW
Select the appropriate version of your OS

Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell (64-bit version)
The 32-bit version is discontinued by October 20, 2014.

You must be a tenant administrator (i.e. comany administrator, global administrator) to successfully establish a connection to your Office 365 tenant using PowerShell. Read here how to assign an admin role in Office 365.

You're now ready to connect to your Office 365 tenant using PowerShell!

  • To do so, run the Windows PowerShell console as administrator
  • Enter the following PowerShell commands:
    Import-Module MsOnline
    Connect-MsolService
  • PowerShell prompts for you Office 365 tenant credentials.
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You're all set. Start managing your Office 365 tenant using this great overview of the Azure AD cmdlets.