SharePoint Server 2016 – Microsoft Rolls Out New 2017 Cumulative Updates

SharePoint Server 2016 - Sunil Jagani

SharePoint Server 2016 – Sunil Jagani

Microsoft is hell bent on improving SharePoint. The last update was on December 2016 when it rolled out the “Feature Pack” with all the Recent Enhancements in SharePoint 2016. It has barely been a month and we are seeing another phase of new updates coming in. And, remember when I said in my previous SharePoint blog that I start getting a strange feeling when I hear about new releases, that feeling is here. It’s like déjà vu!

The last upgrade was a host of enhancements for OneDrive, MinRole , Custom Tiles, Mobile Usability, and few others. The new update includes releases from feature pack 1 and two KB fixes. Guess now we know why they are calling it the ‘cumulative update’.

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Being KB-related fixes, the two new updates of SharePoint resolves a lot of issues that you’ve been experiencing. The first fix, KB3141486, contains stability and performance improvements and second fix, KB3141487, is a language-independent security update. Both has their own distinctive set of improvements, which are listed out as follows.

KB3141486 – Improvements and Fixes

This updates resolves a vulnerability that allows an arbitrary remote code to run when user opens a modified crafted file. The security updates contains the following updates for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016:

  • Few terms have been translated into multiple languages for accuracy
  • In grid edit mode, one can’t access the shortcut links through keyboard. Also, Information panels can’t be read or accessed by screen readers.
  • PSConfig tool might recommend incorrect cmdlets.
  • PSConfig tool may show the upgrade as 100 percent completed even though it isn’t. The issue prevails because the tool needs to complete some minor steps after it upgrades the products.
  • Following cmdlet legacy issues of the Administrative Actions Logging feature:
    • Support partial execution for the cmdlet and update the help document correspondingly.
    • Refine messages for few logs and exceptions
  • Crawl will fail after you configure and use the Lotus Notes connector
  • One can’t use CSOM API to set BookingType property in projects for enterprise resources
  • The SACL or system access control list isn’t read correctly for large file paths, which exceeds 260 characters. This will make the SACL discoverable by any user even though the user doesn’t have the appropriate permissions
  • Quick Sync job can’t be completed successfully even after you make multiple changes to the same user in quick succession in SharePoint Server 2016
  • For configure hybrid taxonomy, the specified Local Term Store Name parameter is now case-insensitive. This was previously case-sensitive.
  • No more restore site collection that have site URLs. Additionally, the following error message appears: Error: Violation of PRIMARY KEY constraint ‘PK_SiteUrlMap’. Cannot insert duplicate key in object ‘dbo.SiteUrlMap’
  • Multiple subtasks are created when you add a subtask to an existing subtask of a SharePoint task list, in certain conditions
  • Multiple subtasks are created when you copy and paste subtasks in grid edit mode of a SharePoint task list

There are improvements and fixes for Project Server 2016 as well:

  • On applying status updates in PWA, actual work gets added to some assignments

KB3141487 – Improvements and Fixes

  • Few terms have been translated into multiple languages for accuracy
  • Some terms are translated into Brazilian for Project Online.
  • Issue fixes:
    • PSConfig tool might recommend incorrect cmdlets
    • PSConfig tool may show the upgrade as 100 percent completed even though it isn’t. The issue prevails because the tool needs to complete some minor steps after it upgrades the products.
    • Following cmdlet legacy issues of the Administrative Actions Logging feature:
      • Support partial execution for the cmdlet and update the help document correspondingly.
      • Refine messages for few logs and exceptions

Microsoft has also specified that in order to apply these updates, you need to have the latest SharePoint Server 2016 installed.

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