The product group released the March 2016 Cumulative Update for the SharePoint 2013 product family.
For March 2016 CU we have full server packages (also known as Uber packages). No other CU is required to fully patch SharePoint.
As this is a common question: Yes, March 2016 CU includes all fixes from March 2016 PU.
Be aware that all Updates for SharePoint 2013 require SharePoint Server 2013 SP1 to be installed first.
Please also have a look at the article that discusses how to properly patch a SharePoint 2013 farm which has Search enabled (see below).
Previous releases of the SharePoint Server 2013 cumulative update included both the executable and the .CAB file in the same self-extracting executable download. Because of the file size, the SharePoint Server 2013 package has been divided into several separate downloads. One contains the executable file, while the others contain the CAB file. All are necessary and must be placed in the same folder to successfully install the update. All are available by clicking the same Hotfix Download Available link in the KB article for the release.
This CU includes all SharePoint 2013 fixes (including all SharePoint 2013 security fixes) released since SP1. The CU does not include SP1. You need to install SP1 before installing this CU.
The KB articles for March 2016 CU should be available at the following locations in a couple of hours:
- KB 3114822 – SharePoint Foundation 2013 March 2016 CU
- KB 3114827 – SharePoint Server 2013 March 2016 CU
- KB 3114823 – SharePoint Server 2013 with Project Server March 2016 CU
- KB 3114821 – Office Web Apps Server 2013 March 2016 CU – This is also a security fix!
The Full Server Packages for March 2016 CU are available through the following links:
- Download SharePoint Foundation 2013 March 2016 CU
- Download SharePoint Server 2013 March 2016 CU
- Download Project Server 2013 March 2016 CU
- Download Office Web Apps Server 2013 March 2016 CU
Important: If your farm has been on a patch level lower than July 2015 CU: July 2015 CU and later contains a breaking change compared to earlier builds which requires running the SharePoint 2013 Products Configuration Wizard on each machine in the farm right after installing the CU.
If you don’t run PSCONFIG after installing March 2016 CU (on a farm which had a lower patch level than July 2015 CU) crawl might no longer work – so ensure to schedule a maintenance window when installing this CU which includes PSCONFIG runs.
See here for detail: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/stefan_gossner/2015/07/15/important-psconfig-is-mandatory-for-july-2015-cu-for-sharepoint-2013/
Be aware that the SharePoint Server 2013 CU contains the SharePoint Foundation CU. And the SharePoint Server 2013 with Project Server CU contains Project Server CU, SharePoint Server CU and SharePoint Foundation CU.
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