November 2018 CU for SharePoint Server 2016 is available for download

The product group released the November 2018 Cumulative Update for SharePoint Server 2016 product family. Be aware that only a language independent fix was released with September 2018 CU. The latest language dependent fix was released with October 2018 CU.

This CU also includes Feature Pack 1 which was released with December 2016 CU and Feature Pack 2 which was released with September 2017 CU.

The KB articles for November 2018 CU are available at the following location:

  • KB 4461501 – November 2018 Update for SharePoint Server 2016 (language independent) – This is also a security update!
  • There was no language dependent fix released for SharePoint 2016 in November.
  • There was no fix released for Office Web Apps Server 2016 in November 2018 CU

The download for November 2018 CU is available through the following link:

Important: It is required to install both fixes (language dependent and independent) to fully patch a SharePoint server. This applies also to servers which do not have language packs installed. The reason is that each SharePoint installation includes a language dependent component together with a language independent component. If additional language packs are added later (only) the language dependent fix has to be applied again.

It is irrelevant which language you pick on the drop down in download center. Even the language dependent fixes are all in the same package for all languages.

After installing the fixes you need to run the SharePoint 2016 Products Configuration Wizard on each machine in the farm. If you prefer to run the command line version psconfig.exe ensure to have a look here for the correct options.

SharePoint 2016 November 2018 CU Build Numbers:

Language independent fix: 16.0.4771.1000

To understand the different version numbers please have a look at my article which explains the different SharePoint build numbers.

You can use the SharePoint Server 2016 Patch Build Numbers Powershell Module to identify the patch level of all SharePoint components.

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  1. The Download November 2018 Update for SharePoint Server 2016 (language independent) link referred in your blog points to October 2018 Patch. Could you correct it.


    1. Thanks Prasanna, I fixed it!


  2. Sanity check on this one Stefan: to install a NEW SharePoint 2016 farm at this moment and get it fully up to date, I would install the October 2018 language dependent update and the November 2018 language independent update, can you confirm?


    1. Hi Koen,
      that is correct.


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