Common problem with March 2018 security fixes for SharePoint 2013 – AccessKey too long, cannot be more than one character

We received reports from several customers about a problem in the March 2018 security fixes for SharePoint 2013. The full server packages of March 2018 CU are not affected by the problem. Performing actions in the User Profile Service Application like clicking on Configure Synchronization Settings or Start Profile Synchronization returns an error page and…

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SharePoint security fixes released with March 2018 PU and offered through Microsoft Update

As I received some feedback that I should also add the Urls to the KB articles of the different security fixes I added this information to my blog post. SharePoint 2010 Suite: KB 4011705 – Word Automation Services for SharePoint 2010 KB 4011709 – Office Web Apps 2010 SharePoint 2013 Suite: KB 4018304 – SharePoint…

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March 2018 CU for SharePoint 2010 product family is available for download

The product group released the March 2018 Cumulative Update for the SharePoint 2010 product family. For March 2018 CU we have full server packages (also known as Uber packages) for SharePoint server and Project server. For SharePoint Foundation there was no CU released in March. For the latest updates for SharePoint Foundation look for the…

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March 2018 CU for SharePoint 2013 product family is available for download

The product group released the March 2018 Cumulative Update for the SharePoint 2013 product family. For March 2018 CU we have full server packages (also known as Uber packages). No other CU is required to fully patch SharePoint. As this is a common question: Yes, March 2018 CU includes all fixes from March 2018 PU….

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March 2018 CU for SharePoint Server 2016 is available for download

The product group released the March 2018 Cumulative Update for SharePoint Server 2016 product family. This CU also includes Feature Pack 1 which was released with December 2016 CU and Feature Pack 2 which was released with September 2017 CU. The KB articles for March 2018 CU are available at the following location: KB 4018293…

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Common Question: Why do I have to install the language dependent fixes for SharePoint Server 2016 if I do not have a language pack installed?

The answer here is very simple: you need them because SharePoint Server 2016 already ships with a built in language pack! SharePoint without a language pack would not be usable as it would not be able show any text on any website. It would not know in which language to show the text. To ensure that…

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Common issue – SharePoint Performance Problems caused by oversubscribed CPUs in the virtualization host system

In the last couple of months I have seen an upgoing trend of support cases related to performance problems where the root cause was an overcommitted virtualization host system. What is an oversubscribed virtualization host system? Virtualization allows to map physical CPU cores installed in the virtualization host to virtual (guest) machines running on this system. E.g. one…

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Important: Is your SharePoint 2013 farm still on a patch level before April 2017 CU? Read this!

In the last couple of weeks I have been involved in a large number of cases where customers were either still on SP1 patch level or other patch levels older than April 2017 CU. Be aware that all these servers/farms will be unsupported after April 10th, 2018! On April 10th, 2018 mainstream support for SharePoint 2013…

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