Applying updates to SharePoint

After running the exe to apply a cumulative update to your build, rather than using the gui based SharePoint Products and Technologies Wizard, use the SharePoint Management powershell console and call this command:

 

The upgrade process will go much faster.

PSConfig Technet reference, click or go here:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263093(v=office.14).aspx

If you receive a failure message, navigate into your logs, located in:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extentions\14\Logs

and search for ERR, make sure case sensitivity is in play by selecting the Match case box.

find

If the error mentions a specific timer ensure that that timer job is enabled in your farm.  If it is ambiguously referencing “a timer”, make sure the SharePoint 2010 Timer service and 2010 Admin service are enabled and running in Windows, and then re-run the command

Timer

After you get a successfully applied message, navigate into the 14 hive (C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14) and open the ISAPI folder.

14Hive

Find the Microsoft.SharePoint.dll and examine the Details tab.  The product version should display the updated build number for your update.

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The build number can be found by navigating to the HotFix or CU support page, under the summary section.
Click here to go to the technet page that lists out all the SharePoint Updates:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/ff800847.aspx

If you’re upgrade is failing, it could be due to some of your content databases.  Open a management console and get-spcontentdatabase.  Then run upgrade-spcontentdatabase “Name of Db” for each one.  Check out -SkipIntegrityChecks if you need too.

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