Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers

Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers / Windows SharePoint Services / Microsoft Project

UPDATED: Infrastructure Updates are now part of SP2

We finally have the release of the Infrastructure Update for MOSS, WSS and Project! There are some big changes to the core infrastructure of the product and I for one am looking forward to seeing the stability changes in certain components of MOSS and WSS.

Here are some basic Q&A’s about the patches.

Q: What products do these Infrastructure updates apply to and which updates should I install?
A: There are 3 related updates called, Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers (KB951297),
Infrastructure Update for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (KB951695) and Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Project 2007 (KB951547).

The Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers (KB951297) applies to;

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
Microsoft Office Project Server 2007
Microsoft Search Server 2008
Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express
The Infrastructure Update for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (KB951695) applies to;

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
The Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Project 2007 (KB951547) applies to;

Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007
There are x86 and x64 versions of both server updates and an x86 version of the Project Professional 2007 update.

The following products require the following updates to be applied.

If you are running SharePoint Server 2007 you should install the Infrastructure Update for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (KB951695) first and the Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers (KB951297) second.
If you are running Project Server 2007 you should install the Infrastructure Update for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (KB951695) first and the Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers (KB951297) second. You should also then install the Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Project 2007 (KB951547) on all Project Professional 2007 client PC’s.
If you are running Search Server 2008 or Search Server 2008 Express you should install the Infrastructure Update for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (KB951695) first and the Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers (KB951297) second.
Q: What key fixes and features are contained in these updates?
A: There are several noteworthy new features and fixes shipped in these updates that are described below. For a full list of fixes please take a look at the Knowledge Base Articles listed later in this document.

For starters, the Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers (KB951297) contains all of the new Enterprise Search features that were shipped in Search Server 2008 and Search Server 2008 Express and that were are not already in SharePoint Server 2007; this includes Federated Search capability, a unified administration dashboard and several core Search reliability and performance updates. It also includes several “under the hood” features such as a new index format to improve search performance and scale in high-scale deployments as well as improvements in crawl and query speeds.

There are numerous Content Deployment fixes included in both the Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers (KB951297) and the Infrastructure Update for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (KB951695). These updates address many of the top customer reported issues with Content Deployment and include improvements in incremental deployment reliability, content and settings fidelity during export and import and preventing import failures that require a full redeployment of content.

Several updates have been made to the People and Profile Service to significantly improve performance for Profile Sync jobs and MySite management jobs leading to a more performant MySite experience for end users.

Another investment area has been around Upgrade and Patching where a couple of focused changes will lead to less downtime for future patches and a quicker upgrade process for customers that have a large number of host header sites configured. The patching improvements will prevent the change log from being discarded during a content DB attach/re-attach which will benefit among others, Search indexing, Backup and Restore and Content Deployment whenever a database detach/re-attach takes place.

Updates for Office Project Server 2007 include a number of usability enhancements to the Timesheets and My Tasks feature to reduce the need for double-entry by end-users, notably the inclusion of ‘Remaining Work’ in the Timesheet View. The Queue management User Interface was enhanced to better highlight potential issues by adding filters like ‘Active Jobs’ and ‘Blocked due to a Failed Job’.

The Project Server Migration Tool has also been updated to reduce schedule changes to Projects with Fixed Duration tasks. In addition several updates for Project Server Performance in the areas of Project Professional Save/Publish scenarios are also included.

The Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Project 2007 (KB951547) delivers important customer-requested fixes and performance improvements. Updates have been made to the Custom Fields feature including fixes in ‘Formula Calculations’ and ‘Graphical Indicator’ areas. The Cost Resources feature was improved by ensuring that the time-phased calculations always equal the sheet-side calculations and in the Project Local Cache feature, fixes were made to improve the robustness of Client/Server interactions. Also a modal dialog was added to enforce users to save the cached data to the server before closing the Client.

In addition to the specific areas called out above there has been a focus on several core platform components, including improvements to performance, ease of upgrade and future patching and servicing, reduced memory footprint and usage for common operations, further optimized SQL server usage and communication along with several targeted fixes for workflow and the Business Data Catalog.

Q: Where can I find all the download pages, KB articles and installation instructions for these updates?
A: The following URL’s link to the download pages, KB articles and installation instructions.

Download Center Pages ;

Infrastructure Update for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (KB951695) – x86
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=256CE3C3-6A42-4953-8E1B-E0BF27FD465B&displaylang=en

Infrastructure Update for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (KB951695) – x64
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=3A74E566-CB4A-4DB9-851C-E3FBBE5E6D6E&displaylang=en

Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers (KB951297) – x86
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=3811C371-0E83-47C8-976B-0B7F26A3B3C4&displaylang=en

Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers (KB951297) – x64
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=6E4F31AB-AF25-47DF-9BF1-423E248FA6FC&displaylang=en

Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Project 2007 (KB951547) – x86
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=F385ADB8-0425-4BA4-BECE-7664B8F49D12&displaylang=en

Knowledge Base Articles;

Description of the Infrastructure Update for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (KB951695)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/951695

Fixes Included in the Infrastructure Update for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (KB953749)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953749

Description of the Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers (KB951297)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/951297

Fixes Included in the Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers (KB953750)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953750

Description of the Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Project 2007 (KB951547)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/951547

Fixes Included in the Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Project 2007 (KB953751)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953751

Generic Installation Instructions;

Deploy Software Updates for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 – TechNet Article.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc288269.aspx

Deploy Software Updates for Office SharePoint Server 2007 – TechNet Article.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263467.aspx
This article also applies to Project Server 2007, SharePoint Server 2007, Search Server 2008 and Search Server 2008 Express.

Infrastructure Update Specific Installation Instructions;

Install the Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers (Office SharePoint Server 2007)
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=122571

Install the Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers (Search Server 2008)
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=122572

Project Server 2007 and Project Professional 2007 Specific Content;

Project Server 2007 Infrastructure Update Release White Paper
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=121912

Q: Are all the shipping languages supported for all of the products these updates apply to?
A: Yes, these updates can be installed on any language SKU and language pack on any of the products the updates apply to. There are no language specific updates, all languages are self contained in each update.

Q: Why does the “Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers (KB951297)” apply to Search Server 2008 and Search Server 2008 Express?
A: Applying the Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers (KB951297) to Search Server 2008 and Search Server 2008 Express brings them to a common patching codebase with SharePoint Server 2007 from this point forward. This means that any future search related hotfix can be applied all three products, SharePoint Server 2007, Search Server 2008 and Search Server Express 2008.

Q: Is Office Servers SP1 a prerequisite or installed as part of this fix?
A: No. Our supportability commitments to customers include providing the ability to install hotfixes on the two most recent versions of a product, in this case RTM and SP1. So installing these updates directly onto an RTM server is not blocked and will install some of the fixes shipped in Office Servers Service Pack 1, but only those that are contained in files that are changed by the Infrastructure updates.

It is strongly recommended that customers install Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Service Pack 1 and Office Servers Service Pack 1 before they install the Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers (KB951297) and the Infrastructure Update for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (KB951695).

If the Infrastructure updates are accidentally installed before Office Servers Service Pack 1 it can be safely installed afterwards.

Q: Does installing “Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers (KB951297)” and the
“Infrastructure Update for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (KB951695)” incur any server or farm downtime?
A: Yes, because the updates include database schema changes you must install the updates and run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard on every server in your farm. This will incur server downtime that should be planned for. Full installation instructions are linked from the updates download pages.

Q: I think I might just wait for Office Servers Service Pack 2, is that a good idea?
A: No. Unless you have a very, very good reason not to install these updates we are strongly recommending that all customers install them as soon as their patching and maintenance schedules permit. The reliability and performance benefits we have seen after installing these updates on production Microsoft servers has been significant, along with the fact these updates are the only way to get the new Search capabilities in SharePoint Server 2007.


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