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We have windows server 2008 R2 + SharePoint enterprise farm 2013. Now as part of our security policy, we need to install security updates for windows,silverlight & Forefront endpoint each 6 months. Now I checked the Windows Update tool, where I got this list of updates:-

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Now I am planning to install all the updates which are under "Windows Server 2008 R2", "Silverlight" and "Forefront Endpoint Protection". and to exclude all the updates under Office 2013. So can this affect the sharepoint farm? or cause the farm build number to increase?

Second question, if we only install the "Windows Server 2008 R2", "Silver light" and "Forefront Endpoint Protection", do we need to run the Sharepoint product configuration wizard?

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Farm build number will increase only if you will run SharePoint Configuration Wizard after SharePoint cumulative updates(or service pack) installation.

You do not need to run SharePoint Configuration Wizard after installation Windows server updates.

If you will plan to install .Net security patches - be careful with this. It may affect Workflow infrastructure. Link to the article.

  • thanks for the .Net security patches warning.. so what i need to do? should i exclude it from the patch ? or should i install it and apply the fix as mentioned on this link blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/rodneyviana/2018/09/13/… ? thanks – SharePoint TestDev Apr 18 at 12:26
  • If you plan to use third party workflow tools like Nintex you should add several lines into web.config files. Otherwise you need just install Nov 2018 CU(or later version). – Raf Apr 18 at 12:58
  • i am not planning to install any CU in the near future, and in our case we use workflow 2010 inside some lists, we do not use Nintex.. But in all the cases the updates which will cause the issues are not listed inside our WU tool is this correct? the updates which will cause the problems are mainly KB 4457916/4457035 (as mentioned on this link blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/rodneyviana/2018/09/13/… )which are not listed inside the WU list of updates – SharePoint TestDev Apr 18 at 13:50
  • .... and i can see that the only update regarding .net in our case is KB4054530 – SharePoint TestDev Apr 18 at 13:50

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