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What is the best practice to run the configuration wizard post patching? Was it from GUI or command line?

From Command line i regularly see the below command

PSConfig.exe -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -force -cmd applicationcontent -install -cmd installfeatures

but from the post NOV CU 2017 the best way is to run using below command

PSConfig.exe -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -wait -cmd applicationcontent -install -cmd installfeatures -cmd secureresources -cmd services -install

What the meaning of each parameter?

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The answer for the first question really differs if you ask different SharePoint-Guys. I prefer psconfig.exe, where over my colleague prefers the Products Configuration Wizard (psconfigui.exe).

Stefan Goßner also prefers psconfigui.exe and also explains why.

A detailled description on every parameter can be found on Technet. It's for 2010, but still applies for 2013 & 2016.

My practical experience when patching SharePoint systems:

  • I first run psconfig.exe with Stefan Goßner's parameters. This regularly fails. I directly run psconfig.exeagain with same parameters. No troubleshooting or even a look at the error-log here!
  • If update still fails, i run psconfigui.exe. If this still failes, i run psconfigui.exeagain.
  • If all of this failes, you really need to troubleshoot this issue. But you will get 95% of your issues resolved just with this weird procedure.
  • If you prefer psconfigui.exe over psconfig.exe, you can simple change the first steps. Begin with UI, then change to CLI if no success.
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    To counter, I prefer psconfigui.exe. You can't mess that up :-)
    – user6024
    Jun 26, 2018 at 15:07
  • Best pro argument for UI i've ever seen. This could change my default recommendation for customers. :-) Thanks!
    – MHeld
    Jun 27, 2018 at 19:39
  • "Use this one easy trick to configure SharePoint servers!" ;)
    – user6024
    Jun 27, 2018 at 21:34

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