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SharePoint 2016 Central Admin – Upgrade and Migration – Check product and patch installation status

When you click on the Check product and patch installation status link, you will be landed on Manage Patch Status page. This page will give us information about the patch status of all the installed products i.e. which patch is installed on all servers in the farm.

Check product and patch installation status page’s direct link: /_admin/PatchStatus.aspx

This is page gave the important information to SharePoint administrator about the farm. I know, many of us simply ignore this information but we should not.

We all know SharePoint consist of multiple different components (often called product) when we apply the cumulative updates in SharePoint farm, it is not necessary that It update all the components in the same patch. It is normal that in a given cu, it is not updating the all installed products. So, that’s mean not every cu update the config database schema. This is where it cause confusion for a SharePoint administrator. When we check the build number from the central admin > Manage Servers in a farm (this page pull the data from version table of Config DB) which is not reflecting the current build number because last applied cu did not update the version so it is showing the old version number.

Easy solution to get the real-time patch level, we have to visit the patch status page, this page pulls the information from serverversioninformation table. Whenever we apply the cumulative updates to a farm, it updates this table all the time. This page gives us which component installed in which server in the farm and along with applied patches. It will list the KB number and version number under the component where it applied.

What Information on this Page?

On this page, we will get the following information.

  1. View: this drop down gives us the option either select the single server or complete farm. This drop-down list all the servers in the farm. i.e in our case you see Farm and KF-SP
  2. Server: in this column, you will see the Server name. If you select the farm view from a 1st option, then all the server list here. You can expand or minimize the server’s component.
  3. Product: As we mentioned earlier, SharePoint consist of the different component, under this column you will see the all the installed component (Product) for a given server. You will also see the updates if applied to that component. In our example, you can see SharePoint foundation 2016 1033 Lang pack has KB3128017 installed. SharePoint also put the direct link to the KB article in case you want to know.
  4. Version: this column with telling you the version number for the installed product, if you applied any patch then It will list the version number of that patch too.
  5. Install Status: This column will tell the status of the product, whether it is installed, suppressed or installing etc.

With the help of this page, you can easily tell whether a given CU installed or not, even it did not update the version of SharePoint.

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Please read this blog for more information: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/stefan_gossner/2016/08/09/sharepoint-patching-and-get-spproduct-local/

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