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Deploy cumulative updates (Project Server 2010)

Published: May 16, 2012

Get cumulative updates for a Project Server 2010 deployment.

The most recent available cumulative update is the Project Server 2010 cumulative update package for June 2013. The full list of Microsoft Project Server 2010 cumulative updates can be found in the Available cumulative updates section in this article.

What are cumulative updates?

Cumulative updates are a method of providing hotfix releases on a scheduled delivery basis. Through this model, hotfixes are released every two months in the form of a downloadable package of current and previous hotfixes. The primary goal is to deliver high-quality fixes on a predictable schedule. The updated releases are accompanied by a Knowledge Base article describing the contents of the update.

The hotfixes found in a cumulative update include the following:

  • Fixes for issues that meet hotfix acceptance criteria. These criteria include workaround availability, customer impact, reproducibility, the complexity of the code that must be changed, and other criteria.

  • Any critical on-demand hotfixes released to date.

  • Any critical security or non-security updates released publicly to date.

Cumulative updates apply to all versions of Project Server 2010 that are currently in mainstream support. For general information about Microsoft product support, visit the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Web site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkID=147498).

Plan to install Project Server cumulative updates

We recommend that you review Project Server cumulative updates as they are released to determine whether any of the issues that are fixed are affecting your environment. Note that Project Server cumulative updates contain fixes from any previous cumulative update packages. Therefore, if you install the latest cumulative update to fix a problem that you are currently experiencing, then you are also applying hotfixes from previously released cumulative updates. Always refer to the cumulative update's Knowledge Base (KB) article for more information about what it contains.

Some Project Server 2010 updates depend on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 updates. Install the associated SharePoint Server 2010 cumulative updates at the same time that you install the Project Server cumulative updates. (You only need to run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard once per server after you install both updates. For more information, see Installation steps.)

Before you start

Before you install a cumulative update to your Project Server deployment, take these recommended actions:

  • Back up the farm before you start the installation. Cumulative updates cannot be uninstalled, so if you have to return to your previous deployment, you will have to restore the farm backup.

    note Note:

    For more information about how to perform backups, read Back up and restore databases (Project Server 2010).

  • Stop the World Wide Web Publishing Service (w3svc) on all the Web servers to disconnect all the users from the server farm. In server farms with multiple front-end Web servers, end-users will be unable to browse the Web sites when files and databases have been updated on the first front-end Web server while the other Web servers still contain previous files and databases.

  • As a best practice, stop the Project Queue service before installing a cumulative update. This ensures that nothing processes while the update is being installed.

Important Important:

You cannot use Automatic Updates to install any cumulative updates on Project Server 2010.

Update a basic installation

To install a Project Server cumulative update on a basic installation of Project Server 2010 (that is, the single-server installation that has Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express), do the following:

  1. Disconnect users from the server by stopping the World Wide Web Publishing service (w3svc) on the server.

  2. Download the Project Server cumulative update file. Run the file. On the Microsoft Software License Terms page, read the terms and then click Click here to accept the Microsoft Software License Terms. Click Continue to install the update files.

  3. When installation of the files is finished, on the confirmation page, click OK.

  4. Run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard to complete the installation. To do so, click Start, click All Programs, click Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products, and then click SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard and complete the steps in the wizard.

  5. On the Configuration Successful page, click Finish.

  6. Make the server available to users by manually starting the World Wide Web Publishing Service (w3svc).

Update a farm deployment

For Project Server 2010 farm deployments, use the following procedures to install the update on each server in your farm.

Installation steps

To update a Project Server 2010 farm deployment with a cumulative update, you must follow these steps:

  1. On all servers in the farm, install the Project Server Cumulative Update files, but do not run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard.

  2. On one server in the farm (preferably the one hosting the SharePoint Central Administration Web site), run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard to complete the installation on that server.

  3. Run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard on each remaining server on the farm, one at a time.

We recommend that you use the farm administrator account to install the update and run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard. If you use a different account to install the update, that account must be a domain account that has the following rights and permissions:

  • Member of the Administrators group on the Web server computer

  • Member of the Administrators group on the Microsoft SQL Server computer

You can install the update by logging on to the server directly or by connecting through a terminal services console session.

Install a cumulative update for Project Server in a farm deployment

  1. Disconnect users from the server farm by stopping the World Wide Web Publishing service (w3svc) on all Web servers.

  2. Download the Project Server cumulative update file. You have to install the files on each server in your Project Server farm.

  3. On a server in the farm, run the file. At the Microsoft Software License Terms page, read the terms and then click Click here to accept the Microsoft Software License Terms. Click Continue to install the update files.

  4. When installation of the files finishes, on the confirmation page, click OK.

  5. You must run setup to install new update files for every server in your server farm. If you have multiple servers in your server farm, go to each server in your Project Server farm and repeat steps 2-4 to install the files.

    note Note:

    If you are also installing cumulative updates for SharePoint Server, you can install the files now to all servers on the farm. However, do not run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard on any of the servers at this point.

  6. After installing the update files on each server in the farm, go to each application server and stop the Microsoft Project Server Queue service (if available).

  7. Use the server that hosts the Central Administration Web site to finish the installation.

    note Note:

    We recommend that you finish the software update installation first on the application server that is hosting the Central Administration Web site, then on the other application servers, and then on the front-end Web servers.

    If you host your Central Administration Web site on a front-end Web server, finish the software update installation instead on that front-end Web server, then the application servers, and finally on the remaining front-end Web servers.

  8. On the server that you selected in the previous step, run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard to complete the installation. To run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard, click Start, click All Programs, click Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products, and then click SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard and complete the steps in the wizard.

    Important Important:

    All cumulative update installation files should be installed to all servers in the farm before running the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard.

  9. On the Configuration Successful page, click Finish.

    Important Important:

    It is important that the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard perform its configuration procedures on only one computer at a time. The only exception is if you have detached your content databases and upgraded them before you reattach them to the server farm.

  10. When the cumulative update installation and configuration is complete on all the servers in the server farm, make the farm available to users by manually starting the World Wide Web Publishing Service (w3svc) and Microsoft Project Server Queue service on each server on which you manually stopped those services.

Verify the installation

To verify the success of the installation, do the following after you install the cumulative update:

  • View the currently installed updates in Control Panel. In Control Panel, click Programs, and then click View installed updates. Look under Microsoft Project Server 2010 for hotfixes from the Project Server cumulative update. The hotfix files should be identified with a KB number that corresponds to the specific cumulative update (for example Hotfix for Microsoft Office (KB2394322) corresponds to the October 2010 Project Server cumulative update).

  • Check the upgrade status in SharePoint Central Administration. In Central Administration, click Upgrade and Migration, and then click Check upgrade status. Look for a Status of Succeeded at the time when the update was installed.

  • Review the upgrade log file and verify that the updates to the Web applications were successful. The location of the upgrade log file is shown on the Upgrade Status page in the Selected upgrade session details section.

note Note:

Checking the database version is not a reliable method of determining if a Cumulative Update was correctly installed. If no database updates are included in a Cumulative Update, the database version will not change.

Uninstalling cumulative updates

Project Server cumulative updates cannot be uninstalled. Therefore make sure that you back up your farm before applying any cumulative updates.

Important Important:

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, when you plan to install a cumulative update, be prepared to back up and restore your farm in case a problem should occur during the installation.

Available cumulative updates

This section contains links to the currently available Project Server 2010 cumulative updates. Click a "KB" link in the following list to get a download page for a Project Server 2010 cumulative update. For a list of associated SharePoint Server cumulative updates, see Updates for SharePoint 2010 Products.

October 2013 Project Server 2010 cumulative update

August 2013 Project Server 2010 cumulative update

Project Server 2010 Service Pack 2

June 2013 Project Server 2010 cumulative update

February 2013 Project Server 2010 cumulative update

December 2012 Project Server 2010 cumulative update

September 2012 Project Server 2010 cumulative update

July 2012 Project Server 2010 cumulative update

April 2012 Project Server 2010 cumulative update

February 2012 Project Server 2010 cumulative update

December 2011 Project Server 2010 cumulative update

October 2011 Project Server 2010 cumulative update

August 2011 Project Server 2010 cumulative update

June 2011 Project Server 2010 cumulative update

April 2011 Project Server 2010 cumulative update

February 2011 Project Server 2010 cumulative update

December 2010 Project Server 2010 cumulative update

October 2010 Project Server 2010 cumulative update

August 2010 Project Server 2010 cumulative update

June 2010 Project Server 2010 cumulative update

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