Update Microsoft Dynamics 365


Updated: November 1, 2016

Applies To: Dynamics 365 (on-premises), Dynamics CRM 2016

[This topic is pre-release documentation and is subject to change.]

With Microsoft Dynamics 365, you have several options that help make your deployment run optimally, reliably, and securely. In most situations where Microsoft Dynamics 365 is running in a production environment, we recommend that you apply the latest update for all Dynamics 365 applications shortly after the update becomes available.

On-premises versions of Microsoft Dynamics 365 use two kinds of update technology:

  • Setup updates, which can be applied as part of the Setup process.

  • Application updates, which are provided as an update package that can be automatically installed by using Microsoft Update.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Setup update, also known as self-healing Setup, makes sure that you have the latest version of Setup. By using this feature, you can update the Setup program, before it installs anything on the computer, for the following Dynamics 365 applications:

  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 Server

  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 Reporting Extensions

  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 Report Authoring Extension

  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 Email Router

To use Setup update, select Get updates for Microsoft Dynamics 365 during Setup. For Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Outlook, Setup update applies the latest published update package at the end of Setup.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 regularly publishes updates in a package format that is a collection of software updates. Microsoft fully tests and supports installing any published update for Microsoft Dynamics 365 at the time of its release. Get the latest Microsoft Dynamics 365 application updates KB: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 updates and hotfixes.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 (on-premises) is engineered to use Microsoft Update, a service that can automatically download and install updates to Microsoft applications, such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 Server, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Reporting Extensions, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Report Authoring Extension, Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Outlook, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Language Pack, and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Email Router.

During installation or upgrade of a Microsoft Dynamics 365 application, Setup asks whether you want to opt in, which sets Microsoft Update to apply automatic updates. If you don’t want to apply automatic updates during Setup, you can enable this feature later by turning on automatic updates in the Windows Update area of Control Panel. More information: Turn automatic updating on or off and Change how Windows installs or notifies you about updates.

When you enable Microsoft Update, updates are automatically downloaded for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and for any other Microsoft applications that are enabled to use Microsoft Update.

If you don’t want to use Microsoft Update, you can still download updates from the Microsoft Download Center and manually install them or push them out to the appropriate computers by using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). More information: Windows Server Update Services.

An update may require updates to required components, such as the Microsoft .NET Framework or even an earlier Microsoft Dynamics 365 update. For more information about such requirements, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) article for the update.

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