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when installing a new SP farm, is it recommended to install the CU before or after running the products configuration wizard for the first time ?

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Each time you install a Public Update, you must run the Config Wizard. The order you're asking about does not matter. You can either install RTM and then the PU you need to, then run the Config Wizard, or install RTM, run the Config Wizard, install the PU, run the Config Wizard.

Just don't forget that you must install both the sts-x-none and wssmui patches each month (with an exception of the Feb 2018 patch - only sts-x-none was released and you would use the wssmui patch from Jan 2018).

  • Thanks trevor, so no problem on Installing the CUs/PUs, before configuring the server right ? the questions is because we wanted to install the "App Server with distribuited cache Min role", but it is not available on the original Release – Mike Apr 4 '18 at 19:59
  • There is no such role, there is DC + FE and App + Search. But yes, you can install RTM, then say March 2018 PU and finally run the Config Wizard. – Trevor Seward Apr 4 '18 at 19:59
  • Right ! it is FE + DC , sorry for the confusion ! – Mike Apr 4 '18 at 20:00
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If you want to configure a MinRole Arhitecture, you should install PU before running Configuration Wizard, as long as MinRole is available after 'Feature Pack 1'.

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