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I am going to patch my SharePoint 2016 farm 8 SharePoint servers and I have important question

  1. Do I need to install the binaries on all servers first then run the config wizard? Or else it doesn't matter and I can run the config wizard on the server once the binaries installation have finished without waiting the other servers!

  2. Consider that all binaries have installed on all servers do I need to run config wizard on each server one by one or I can run it in parallel for all servers at the same time!

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(1)- No, you need first to install the patch files on all SharePoint servers then run the SharePoint Configuration Wizard.

When you run the SharePoint Configuration wizard, it checks first to make sure that all binaries are installed and matched on all SharePoint Server. therefore if one server crosses the farm doesn't have the same patch file installed it will show error message with the mismatched servers and will not continue until solving the mismatching servers!!


(2)- Yes you can run the Config wizard in parallel where the current one will wait to start (at step 1 or 2) until the previous run finish! I explained this in details at PRODUCT / PATCH INSTALLATION OR SERVER UPGRADE REQUIRED

Note: it's recommended to start running the Configuration Wizard on the SharePoint Application server that host the Central Administration

  • Thank you Mohammed, it's good answer for 1st question, what about the second one? – Fabio Oct 1 '18 at 5:06
  • Welcome, check the updated answer! – Mohamed El-Qassas MVP Oct 1 '18 at 7:48

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