December 2021 CU for SharePoint Server 2016 is available for download

The product group released the December 2021 Cumulative Update for SharePoint Server 2016 product family.

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 December 2021 CU should be available at the following locations in a couple of hours:

  • KB 5002055 – December 2021 Update for SharePoint Server 2016 (language independent)
    This is also a security update!
  • KB 5002059 – December 2021 Update for SharePoint Server 2016 (language dependent)
    This is also a security update!

The downloads for December 2021 CU are available through the following links:

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 December 2021 CU Build Numbers:

Language independent fix: 16.0.5254.1000
Language dependent fix: 16.0.5254.1000

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

Please ensure to have a look at the SharePoint Patching Best Practices before applying new fixes.

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  1. Hi Stefan, love the blog. I patched our Test SP 2016 farm last night with the Dec 2021 CU but I see a discrepancy with the build numbers. My farm says 16.0.5242.1000 but you list the build numbers as 16.0.5254.1000. Is this a misprint?


  2. Hi Stefan,

    We planning to patch our Sharepoint server 2016, please confirm is there any issue reported till date in December 2021 CU for SharePoint Server 2016.


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