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Biztalk cumulative updates RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi there,

    We are running Biztalk 2013, and I would like clarification regarding the BIztalk cumulative updates.  It is my understanding that these cumulative update packages (for both Biztalk Server and Adapter Packs) are by definitiom cumulative, thereore only the latest needs applying - ie a system running at RTM would only need the latest version, not 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

    In contrast to this, I have read a post which described a Powershell script to report on the Biztalk cumulative updates installed on the system - this made me question the nature of these updates

    Can anyone advise on this?  From looking at the cumulative update it seems the file size for each update is greater than the previous, so this would suggest each update includes the previous fix.

    Thanks,

    John Pickersgill


    John Pickersgill, DBA Lincoln University

    Monday, May 22, 2017 12:29 PM

Answers

  • Hi John,

    Cumulative updates is a way to provide fixes to a bug reported/identified after a release, it can be for BizTalk server,Adapter Pack or SQL . 

    And you need to apply the latest one as it has all the fix which was provided in earlier CU.

    ___________

    Maheshkumar S Tiwari|User Page|Blog|How to get Retry Count of Successful sent attempt - One way Scena


    Monday, May 22, 2017 12:53 PM
  • Cumulative Update 5 for BizTalk Server 2013
    This cumulative update package for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 CU5 contains hotfixes for the BizTalk Server 2013 issues that were resolved after the release of BizTalk Server 2013.
    We recommend that you test hotfixes before you deploy them in a production environment. Because the builds are cumulative, each new update release contains all the hotfixes and all the security updates that were included in the previous BizTalk Server 2013 update release. We recommend that you consider applying the most recent BizTalk Server 2013 update release.
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3194301/cumulative-update-5-for-biztalk-server-2013

    Btw BizTalk Health Monitor has the same problem, reporting issues with CU1 and CU2 even though CU3 and later are installed

    hth /Peter

    Monday, May 22, 2017 12:55 PM
  • Hi John,

    Microsoft always recommend to install latest cumulative update on your BizTalk environment.

    Each cumulative update includes new updates as well as all of the updates included in the previous cumulative updates. CU also usually contains some other fixes that improve the product.

    But you should not directly install the cumulative update on your Production environment. It is always recommended to test hotfixes on your test or pre-production environment before you deploy them in a production environment.

    You can get the latest hotfixes at Service Pack and cumulative update list for BizTalk Server


    Rachit Sikroria (Microsoft Azure MVP)

    Monday, May 22, 2017 1:08 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi John

    The cumulative updates always include the earlier one's releases for that version, so CU3 would contain all the fixes from CU1 and CU2, and so on.


    Thanks Arindam

    Monday, May 22, 2017 9:51 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi,

    What you observe and understand is correct, Cumulative updates by nature are roll up of all the previous updates that are released. So the CU 5 for example will have all the updates that were rolled out in CU 1to 4. AS for the Powershell script to check the version of the Cumulative update that was installed, its function according to me is t notify the user what version of CU is installed and if the user is aware of the latest CU release then from this PS report they can take the decision of moving on to the latest Cumulative update.

    Regards


    Mandar Dharmadhikari

    Monday, May 22, 2017 11:41 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Hi John,

    Cumulative updates is a way to provide fixes to a bug reported/identified after a release, it can be for BizTalk server,Adapter Pack or SQL . 

    And you need to apply the latest one as it has all the fix which was provided in earlier CU.

    ___________

    Maheshkumar S Tiwari|User Page|Blog|How to get Retry Count of Successful sent attempt - One way Scena


    Monday, May 22, 2017 12:53 PM
  • Cumulative Update 5 for BizTalk Server 2013
    This cumulative update package for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 CU5 contains hotfixes for the BizTalk Server 2013 issues that were resolved after the release of BizTalk Server 2013.
    We recommend that you test hotfixes before you deploy them in a production environment. Because the builds are cumulative, each new update release contains all the hotfixes and all the security updates that were included in the previous BizTalk Server 2013 update release. We recommend that you consider applying the most recent BizTalk Server 2013 update release.
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3194301/cumulative-update-5-for-biztalk-server-2013

    Btw BizTalk Health Monitor has the same problem, reporting issues with CU1 and CU2 even though CU3 and later are installed

    hth /Peter

    Monday, May 22, 2017 12:55 PM
  • Hi John,

    Microsoft always recommend to install latest cumulative update on your BizTalk environment.

    Each cumulative update includes new updates as well as all of the updates included in the previous cumulative updates. CU also usually contains some other fixes that improve the product.

    But you should not directly install the cumulative update on your Production environment. It is always recommended to test hotfixes on your test or pre-production environment before you deploy them in a production environment.

    You can get the latest hotfixes at Service Pack and cumulative update list for BizTalk Server


    Rachit Sikroria (Microsoft Azure MVP)

    Monday, May 22, 2017 1:08 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi John

    The cumulative updates always include the earlier one's releases for that version, so CU3 would contain all the fixes from CU1 and CU2, and so on.


    Thanks Arindam

    Monday, May 22, 2017 9:51 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi,

    What you observe and understand is correct, Cumulative updates by nature are roll up of all the previous updates that are released. So the CU 5 for example will have all the updates that were rolled out in CU 1to 4. AS for the Powershell script to check the version of the Cumulative update that was installed, its function according to me is t notify the user what version of CU is installed and if the user is aware of the latest CU release then from this PS report they can take the decision of moving on to the latest Cumulative update.

    Regards


    Mandar Dharmadhikari

    Monday, May 22, 2017 11:41 PM
    Moderator