March 2013 PU for SharePoint 2013 is available (and mandatory)

For those of you on SharePoint 2013, the March 2013 Public Update is now available with 30+ fixes as well as some performance and stability fixes around search . The good news is the SharePoint Server 2013 update contains the SharePoint Foundation 2013 update as well, so you only need to apply the one update. The bad news is that there is a change in the package configuration that requires you to install this update in order to install any future SharePoint updates.

The following are the KB links for the respective updates:

  • KB 2768000 – SharePoint Foundation 2013
  • KB 2767999 – SharePoint Server 2013
  • KB 2768001 – Project Server 2013

The Full Server Packages for March 2013 PU are available through the following links:

After installing the fixes you need to run the SharePoint 2013 Products Configuration Wizard on each machine in the farm. Additionally, if you are running Search Service Application in the farm, you will need to perform the following:


For those of you wondering the difference between and Public Update (PU) and a Cumulative Update (CU), a public update is a monthly release of general fixes and security updates applying to all customers where as a cumulative update is a bi-monthly release of specific hotfixes meant to address a specific customer(s) problem. CUs are often rolled into a PU later, as in this case where the February CU is rolled into this March PU.

Jason Condo, MCITP
Principal Consultant, Systems Management and Operations