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CU Update for SharePoint 2016 release candidate

The customer never did CU Update for SharePoint 2016. The version is 16.0.4327.1000 (release candidate). Can we install the latest CU directly ? or do we need to install feature pack 1 or 2 before installing the latest October 2020 Patch (16.0.5071.1001)

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StefanGossner-MSFT answered sajithgh commented

I'm not sure how you identified that the customer is running RC. Did the customer state so? Or did you just look at the build version reported in the Central Admin and returned from powershell?

RC and RTM return the same build version in these two scenarios. In most cases when people report that customers are running RC they look at the wrong places to identify if the customer is using RTM or RC.

From RTM the customer can directly go to the latest CU.
If the customer really installed an RC version the customer would have to uninstall and reinstall SharePoint with the RTM version.

Please have a look here about common mistakes regarding the build version of SharePoint.
https://blog.stefan-gossner.com/2016/08/23/sharepoint-does-not-have-a-build-version-full-stop/

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@Stefan, thanks for the information.

I think i noted down configuration database version which is 16.0.4327.1000 (SharePoint 2016 Release Candidate)

SharePoint 2016 RTM version is 16.0.4351.1000 right ?

I will run (Get-SPFarm).BuildVersion command and confirm the build version.

If the customer is installed the RC version, is there any option to copy the existing data ? Because it is a production environment.


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Hi Saijthgh,

the configuration database schema version is the same for RTM and RC
(Get-SPFarm).BuildVersion is the same for RTM and RC

you cannot use this info to differentiate RC and RTM.

Please check in "control panel" / "programs and features". Here you can see the actual version in the "Version" column.
Alternatively check in the central admin in the "Manage patch status" page. It will also show you the correct version information.

Cheers,
Stefan

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The version shows as 16.0.4351.1000 (SharePoint 2016 RTM). There are 2 Web and 1 App SharePoint Servers in the farm and 1 stand alone database server.

Is it necessary to update the windows updates for all SharePoint Servers and DB Server(Windows Server 2012 R2) before the cumulative update ?


Can we directly update to January 2021 Patch (Language Independent Files) from SharePoint 2016 RTM or do we need to install Feature Pack 2 before that ?Also it has project server as well. Please find above the screenshots.

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sharatha answered

yes, you can directly install the latest PU. This public update delivers Feature Pack 2 for SharePoint Server 2016.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=102255

Thanks & Regards,




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JerryXu-MSFT answered

Hi, @sajithgh ,

Just like sharatha said, for SharePoint 2016, you can directly deploy the latest update. The feature packs will be included.



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trevorseward answered sajithgh edited

Upgrading from the RC to RTM or any post-patch is not supported. You need to build a new farm and perform a content migration (database attach upgrade is not supported in this scenario).

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