Project Server 2010: From August 2012 Cumulative Update onwards–you will also need to load SP1

If you haven’t already of course…

Some early warning here to allow you to plan for any August 2012 or post August 2012 Cumulative Updates.  For SharePoint Server 2010, and Project Server 2010 and the rest of the Office 2010 family you will need to have loaded Service Pack 1 (SP1) before you can install the Cumulative Update.  This means really loading SP1 – not just relying on the fact that ‘almost all’ of SP1 has been included in patches since June 2011.  If you remember we went through a similar stage with 2007 – and one of the most notable things is that the patch will shrink down to a much smaller size (The June 2012 roll-up patch was over 1.2GB!). 

I haven’t had a chance to try it out – but I suspect the error message if you haven’t loaded SP1 will be something along the lines of “There are no products affected by this package installed on this system” or “ The expected version of the product was not found on the system” – I’ll update once I get a chance to test.

The reason behind this change is to do with our product support lifecycle (see Microsoft Support Lifecycle) and the fact that we have reached what we term the end-of-life (or service pack support end date) for the original release of the 2010 Office family – which is around one year after release of Service Pack 1.  For most customers you could see this first with the August 2012 Cumulative update – which will be something like build 14.0.6124.5000 – or potentially before if there are any special releases before that release (and after the June CU)  – which would be something like 14.0.6123.5003.  Other customers who do not necessarily load all cumulative updates may run into this much later, as it will be the ongoing requirement for future Cumulative Updates until the next service pack support end date – approximately one year after SP2 (and no – I do not know when SP2 will be coming along – before you ask!).

Excellent references for Service Pack 1 can be found at the new-look Project blog -  Announcing Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Project & Project Server 2010, for the initial announcement,   Announcing The Release Of Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Microsoft Project and Project Server 2010 for the release notification and particularly the TechNet article at - Deploy Service Pack 1 for Project Server 2010. 

And finally – to find out if you already have SP1 installed I’d suggest going to Control Panel, Programs, Programs and Features, Installed Updates – and you should see it listed there – Microsoft SharePoint and Project Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Comments (5)

  1. Didierma says:

    Where is the download link to CU August 2012 for Project Pro 2010 ?

  2. Hi Didierma,

    We will have a full post shortly – the server CU has been delayed a short time – but you can get the client at…/2687386.

    Best regards,


  3. Joe says:

    I'm seeing the MOPS 2007 Project Center Grid and Resource Center complaining about a new ActiveX control after the WSS amd MOSS August CU.  Is it possible that the DLL were updated?  Or is it possible that the DLLs were not updated but the Version check was?

  4. Where is SP2 for Project Server 2010? says:

    Patience is an understatement this late in the game. Several known issues with Project Server 2010 and MS Project Pro 2010 break the user interface until I can provide a work-around. Too many of the hot fixes ether do not permanently fix the problem or they break something else and we cannot afford to lose any more credibility in our Project Server environment. We now have almost every known problem active in our environment and I am holding back the floodgates of concern with temporary work-arounds. Where is SP2? It is now the middle of the 3rd quarter of 2013 and still no word. I need an answer in solving many issues and hot fixes are not going to fly with our enterprise corporate IT dept.

  5. Hi "Where is SP2 for Project Server 2010" – is there something specific you are waiting for?  If you have so many known issues then I am sure they are ones that are already fixed in current Cumulative Updates.  Much of SP2 will be these same fixes.  Cumulative Updates are not temporary fixes.  If you have a real name then feel free to use it in e-mailing – I'd be happy to understand why your enterprise corporate IT department have issues with our hotfix process.

    Best regards,


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