15th August 2013
Microsoft has released a second Service Pack for SharePoint 2010. Service Pack 2 (SP2) provides updates for SharePoint servers, services and applications. As well as improving security, stability, and performance, SP2 optimises SharePoint to work better with other Microsoft products.
Beta test versions of SP2 for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 were released in April, but both are now available for full download. As well as providing better compatibility with Windows 8, Internet Explorer 10, and Office 2013, the SharePoint service pack also enables the platform to run on Windows Server 2012.
Although Service Packs are rolled-out to provide fixes and improve performance, Microsoft has outlined one known issue that may occur with the installation of SP2 for SharePoint:
“After you upgrade the SharePoint Web Front End (WFE) from Windows Server 2008 (R2) to Windows Server 2012, certain SharePoint Designer-customized views that have custom XSL templates may be broken. Moreover, the update can compromise server responsiveness.”
Microsoft goes on to provide a means of resolution should the issues arise:
“To resolve this issue, you can install the SharePoint Server update from June 2013 or a later version Cumulative Update (CU) after you upgrade the operating system.”
Steve Rastall, Managing Director of the SharePoint specialist company igroup, said:
“Security is a key feature of the SharePoint platform, and ensuring that SharePoint deployments are up-to-date with the latest fixes and patches from Microsoft is essential. Organisations should contact their SharePoint providers to schedule the upgrade and to test that their deployment is secure.”
Service Packs are becoming less common for Windows, with none having been released for Windows 8 as yet. With automatic updating becoming the norm, there is less need for them as issues are fixed with individual updates that are often run in the background.
For platforms like SharePoint, however, certain updates can be critical for ongoing stability and security and may depend of previous updates to have been installed. As such, Service Packs offer a means by which lots of updates can be bundled to ensure that necessary updates are made.
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