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cumulative update is really cumulative? RRS feed

  • Question

  • hi all,

    i've a question about cumulative update: how can a "cumulative" path be smaller than the previous cumulative path?

    i've seen some case where CU are smallest than previous CU.

    example:

    febbruary 2012: 146MB

    april 2012: 148MB

    june 2012: 150 MB

    august 2012: 113MB

    december 2012: 33MB

    how can this be possible?

    thanks


    logan

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013 1:41 PM

Answers

  • Yes, cumulative updates are really cumulative.  I can't speak to why the sizes seem to flucuate, but check this white paper from MS on "Understanding Updates for SharePoint Products and Technologies".  Its a great read to help you understand the update and patch process and will make it easier to speak to folks asking questions about the process: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=24859

    From that paper: "From December 2008 onward, for each cumulative update release, we also produce a "server package" that contains the latest of every hotfix update that has ever shipped.. Consider a scenario where you want to build a new Office SharePoint Server server. You can apply the latest service pack, the latest Windows SharePoint Services cumulative update server-package, and the latest Office SharePoint Server cumulative update server-package, and be completely up-to-date."

    Hope that helps.


    Brandon Atkinson
    Blog: http://brandonatkinson.blogspot.com

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013 3:30 PM
  • Dec is ~117MB - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2596957.

    SharePoint - Nauplius Applications
    Microsoft SharePoint Server MVP
    MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010

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    This post is my own opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinion or view of Microsoft, its employees, or other MVPs.

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013 3:52 PM

All replies

  • Yes, cumulative updates are really cumulative.  I can't speak to why the sizes seem to flucuate, but check this white paper from MS on "Understanding Updates for SharePoint Products and Technologies".  Its a great read to help you understand the update and patch process and will make it easier to speak to folks asking questions about the process: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=24859

    From that paper: "From December 2008 onward, for each cumulative update release, we also produce a "server package" that contains the latest of every hotfix update that has ever shipped.. Consider a scenario where you want to build a new Office SharePoint Server server. You can apply the latest service pack, the latest Windows SharePoint Services cumulative update server-package, and the latest Office SharePoint Server cumulative update server-package, and be completely up-to-date."

    Hope that helps.


    Brandon Atkinson
    Blog: http://brandonatkinson.blogspot.com

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013 3:30 PM
  • Which update file are you looking at?  The Server packages should be approximately 1GB in size.

    SharePoint - Nauplius Applications
    Microsoft SharePoint Server MVP
    MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010

    -----------------------
    This post is my own opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinion or view of Microsoft, its employees, or other MVPs.

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013 3:42 PM
  • hi trevor, thanks for reply.. i'm looking at sharepoint foundation cu.

    thanks


    logan

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013 3:49 PM
  • Dec is ~117MB - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2596957.

    SharePoint - Nauplius Applications
    Microsoft SharePoint Server MVP
    MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010

    -----------------------
    This post is my own opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinion or view of Microsoft, its employees, or other MVPs.

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013 3:52 PM