I am working on new sharepoint server 2016 . currently our customer installed the sharepoint around 6 months ago, and seems they did not even configure the farm. currently they are on 16.0.4351.1000 which represents RTM. and i want to install the latest updates which is currently for March 2017 as mentioned on this link http://www.toddklindt.com/blog/Builds/SharePoint-2016-Builds.aspx

But i have the following questions:-

  1. is it better to configure the farm first (current farm build number is 16.0.4351.1000) then install the latest updates? OR i can install the latest updates then configure the farm?

  2. Unlike sharepoint 2013, seems there are 2 updates one for Language Independent Files and the other for Language Dependent Files.. so which one i should install ?and why ?



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    If the farm "isn't configured" how are the users "using" it? Also, you apply both the language independent (sts) and the appropriate language dependent (wss) patch. – Greg W Mar 15 '17 at 11:23
  • @GregW no users are using it currently ... seems they have install it , but they did not start working on it.. for applying the language patch should i install one before the other? and should i run the product configuration wizard after each installation ? – john Gu Mar 15 '17 at 11:54
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    If your customer installed the servers themselves and do not know how to get the farm going, i would make sure that everything is set up correctly before starting to think about patching/configuring it. – Christoffer Mar 15 '17 at 11:55
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    And for reference: apply the patch files, then run psconfig – Greg W Mar 15 '17 at 12:10
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    Unless the Config Wizard has changed in 2016, avoid it like the plague. – Greg W Mar 15 '17 at 12:12
  1. As farm is not configured then best way is install the latest updates then configure it.
  2. Yes there is change in sharepoint 2016 patching, For SP 2016 MSFT release two files every month. You have to install both files (any order, does not matter).

After this configure the farm.

  • so you prefer not to configure the farm from "Central administration" >> "Configuration Wizard" and to first install the patches, run the product configuration wizard, then configure the farm from "Central administration" >> "Configuration Wizard" ?? – john Gu Mar 15 '17 at 12:15
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    Looks like you already ran the SP product config wizard which create the config db and central admin. So farm is there, central admin config wizard basically create new service application / web application....even though, i would install the updates first then configure the remaining parts – Waqas Sarwar MVP Mar 15 '17 at 12:18
  • but in my case there is only one content database for the central admin site .. but i have the central administration site created correctly .. – john Gu Mar 15 '17 at 12:21
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    yes, that is what you get when you ran SharePoint Product configuration wizard...a config DB and a Central admin db...after that you have to configured the services application, web application...you can use either farm wizard from central admin or manually create them...as you have nothing in the farm then it is best time to apply the updates – Waqas Sarwar MVP Mar 15 '17 at 12:24
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    It really doesnot matter, what you have to do...go to Central admin > upgrade and migration > Check product and patch installation status ...on this page look for KB 3178672& KB 3178675....if you see any of this says installed then you all set – Waqas Sarwar MVP Mar 15 '17 at 17:44

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