Project Server 2010 and 2013 October 2015 PU Announcement


Yesterday saw the release of the October 2015 Public Update (PU) for Project, Project Server and SharePoint for 2013, and Project Server and SharePoint 2010.  We are now delivering as Public Updates, although Server fixes are shipped just via the Download Center and not via Windows Update (Unless there is a security element or a fix deemed essential).  These are still all cumulative and include fixes released in all previous updates since the last baseline (SP1 for 2013 and SP2 for 2010).  This month there are some security fixes for some of the SharePoint components – so you may see these delivered via Windows Update – so you will need to run the configuration wizard if these get installed.

So far no updates for Project 2016 – although some of the other 2016 client did ship updates in this cycle.

Feel free to open a support case if you have any questions around this or need assistance getting these patches deployed.

The 2013 PU releases also have a real prerequisite of the appropriate Service Pack 1 (SP1), and links for SP1 are given below.  SP1 is enforced in this release, so you will find out (as I did) if you really do have SP1 for all your installed components and language packs!  This also means RTM is no longer supported!  See http://blogs.technet.com/b/stefan_gossner/archive/2015/04/15/common-issue-april-2015-fixes-for-sharepoint-2013-cannot-be-installed-on-sharepoint-2013-sp1-slipstream-builds.aspx too which describes an issue you might see if you don’t have the ‘right’ SP1.  Slipstream would work with the original SP1 – but the updates require the re-released SP1.  Since the May PU this shouldn’t be an issue – but including here just in case.

Another important point to add here is that there was an issue early last year running the SharePoint Configuration Wizard on a server with Project Server 2013 installed – this is fixed by applying the April 2013 or later– so a good practice would be to load SP1, then the October 2015 PU and then run the configuration wizard (if you didn’t already load the April 2013 through June 2014 CU).

This release for the 2010 products, like all 2010 patches since the November CU, has a hard requirement on Service Pack 2 – see notes below, (Support for Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 1 ended on 10/14/14).  Don’t forget language packs SP2 if you have any language packs loaded!  In most of the KB articles the term hotfix is used in place of Cumulative Update.  They tend to be interchangeable terms – a Cumulative Update is just a hotfix built to a schedule.  I should also point out that the individual Project Server packages are only ‘individual’ in the sense that they do not include the SharePoint patches – they are still cumulative and the July PU will contain all previous CU releases (at least back to the applicable baseline).  Also worth noting that mainstream support for Project and Project Server 2010 ends this October 13th 2015 – see https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle

Also a reminder – an SP1 patched 2010 system (with no SP2) is no longer supported – see the Lifecycle site for more information – http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/search?sort=PN&alpha=project+2010&Filter=FilterNO

Project and Project Server 2013

An overview of all the Office 2013 releases for October 2015 can be found here –https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3099951– October 13, 2015, update for Office

This include a number of fixes, so Microsoft strongly recommends that you test this in a test environment based on your production environment before putting this fix live in production.

The article below provides information on how to deploy the Project Server Cumulative Update.

You can read about the fixes included in the Project and Project Server October PUs from the following articles:

Project Server 2013 Server Rollup Package

October 13, 2015, cumulative update for Project Server 2013 (KB3085489)

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3085489

Project Server 2013 Individual Project Package – (cumulative, but only the Project Server fixes):

October 13, 2015, update for Project Server 2013 (KB3085586)

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3085586

No database schema update this month – so the dbo.Versions table should show 15.0.4753.1000 after applying the October 2015 PU, same as for the September 2015 update.  The version number 15.0.4763.1000 can be used to control the connecting client to the October 2015 level, but only if you are loading the November CU or more recent to the server.  This version control no longer blocks server side scheduling engine since the November CU, but as this fix is server side you cannot use a higher value until you have this server patch or a more recent one.

SP1 for Project Server 2013 can be hound here – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2880553

Project 2013 Client Package:

October 13, 2015, update for Project 2013 (KB3085590)

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3085590

The client version number will be 15.0.4763.1000.  The server scheduling engine is no longer blocked by version control since the November CU on the server, so providing you have November 2014 CU or above on the server you can use the 15.0.4763.1000 value to control connection of the October 2015 PU patched client..  If you are running a server CU earlier than November 2014 CU then follow the suggested version number for the server patch level you are running.  See Project Server 2013- Controlling the version of connecting clients–and PWA edits- for more details.  As mentioned above – the version number entered no longer controls the server side scheduling engine – so from the November 2014 CU release onward you can set a higher version to control clients without blocking the server side scheduling in the schedule web part.

We are working on the specific CU installation documentation for 2013, but the process hasn’t changed from 2010 – so if you are familiar with 2010 patching or read the 2010 instructions below you should be good to go.

SP1 for Project Professional 2013 can be found here – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2817433

Also note that Click to Run installations will be automatically patched (mine updated today to the same version as above).  Installations in Enterprise Environments that have been modified will be deployed based on the schedule determined by your Administrator.  See http://support2.microsoft.com/gp/office-2013-click-to-run.  You may also choose to update your click to run Project Pro for Office 365 to the new 2016 level – this can still connect to Project Server 2013.

Project and Project Server 2010

An overview of all the Office 2010 releases for October2015 can be found here – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3099951 – October 13, 2015, update for Office

This include a number of fixes, so Microsoft strongly recommends that you test this in a test environment based on your production environment before putting this fix live in production.

The article below provides information on how to deploy the Project Server Cumulative Update.

You can read about the fixes included in the Project and Project Server October PUs from the following articles:

Project Server 2010

NOTE: No individual Project Server 2010 package this month

Project Server roll-up package

NOTE: Although this patch is called an update for Project Server – and is what we would normally consider the ‘roll-up’ patch – there are no new fixes for Project Server (hence no individual package).  This does however contain all the updates shipped up to the September update – so can be used to bring you right up to date with Project Server 2010 and the other products included in the roll-up patch.

October 13, 2015, cumulative update for Project Server 2010 (KB3085598)

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3085598

The Project Server database version does not get updated with the October PU – and will show – 14.0.7156.5000 – same as for the September 2015 update – after applying this  hotfix and running the configuration wizard.

Project 2010 Client Package:

October 13, 2015, update for Project 2010 (KB3054882)

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3054882

The client version will be updated to 14.0.7160.5000.

More information on deploying the Cumulative Update:

The article below provides information on how to deploy the Project Server Cumulative Update.

Updates for Project Server 2010 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/projectserver/gg176680.aspx

As Project Server 2010 is now based on SharePoint Server 2010 we strongly recommend that you install the Project Server 2010 Server Rollup Package (when available) as there are a large number of individual server packages for SharePoint Server. The Project Server 2010 Server Rollup Package contains all the patches released in this Cumulative Update for SharePoint Foundation Server 2010, SharePoint Server 2010 and Project Server 2010.

As mentioned above, the November 2014 Cumulative Update and above requires your client and server to already be at the Service Pack 1 (SP2) level – if you get a message saying the patch does not apply to your system then this may be the reason – the message may be “expected version of the product was not found”

SP2 for the Project Server 2010 can be found at Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SharePoint and Project Server 2010 (KB2687452) – and a description at SP2 at Description of Project Server 2010 SP2.  If you have language packs installed then these will also need to be patched to SP2 or the message above will be seen – SP2 for the server language packs can be found at Download the Microsoft Office Servers 2010 Language Pack Service Pack 2 package now and a description at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2687462.

SP2 for the Project Professional 2010 client can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39669 for the 32-bit and http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39661 for the 64-bit and a description at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2687457

Client Installation:

The instructions for installing the client patch are below.

NOTE: Microsoft strongly recommends testing within a NON-Production environment prior to rollout.

1. Download the hotfix from the link in the KB Article.

2. Extract the patch package by running the .exe file that you downloaded.

3. Run the extracted .exe file to apply the patch to your Project Professional/Standard client.

Or, from February 2015 onwards use Windows Update to download and install the patches.

Comments (1)

  1. anonymouscommenter says:

    Is there any reason to install Project Pro 2013 Oct 15 client updates if the Project Server 2013 has not been updated to Oct 15 level?

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