SharePoint 2016 July 2018 Updates, Complete Information

In this article, we will list all the issues which are fixed in this July's 2018 CU. This month, MSFT released two versions, one includes the fixes for LPs and the other one doesn't. Now it is irrelevant which language pack you installed or the base language of SharePoint. You just simply install both the .exe files and it will take care of everything. Security updates are also part of the packages.

What’s Included

This CU includes all the previous CUs since SharePoint 2016 RTM. This CU also includes the Feature Pack 1 & Feature Pack 2.

This public update delivers Feature Pack 2 for SharePoint Server 2016, which contains the following feature,

  • SharePoint Framework (SPFx)

The following features are part of Feature Pack 1.

  • Administrative Actions Logging
  • MinRole enhancements
  • SharePoint Custom Tiles
  • Hybrid Auditing (preview)
  • Hybrid Taxonomy (preview)
  • OneDrive API for SharePoint on-premises
  • OneDrive for Business modern experience (available to Software Assurance customers)

This CU also has a security update, which means you do not need to apply security updates separately if you apply this CU.

Improvements, fixes and security updates

This CU brings SharePoint & Project Server fixes, improvements and security updates; here is the list of fixes published by MSFT.

Project Server 2016

  1. The ReadResourcePlan API is now available even if the Resource Engagements feature is enabled.
  2. It takes a long time to process tasks in a project through the client-side object model (CSOM) APIs in Project 2016.
  3. Local custom date type fields that have a formula and have the calculation for the task and group summary rows option set to minimum or maximum are not rolled up correctly to summary tasks when you update a project in Project Web App.
  4. It takes a long time to load entities such as tasks, resources, and assignments through the client-side object model (CSOM) APIs if custom fields exist.
  5. When you use the Chrome browser to open a project from the Project Center where the project name includes spaces, you receive the following error message:

Project Web App was unable to find the specified Project.

Additionally, you receive the following error message,

Sorry, we were unable to open your project. Please try again. If this happens again, contact your administrator.

SharePoint Server 2016

This update contains the following improvements and fixes for SharePoint Server 2016,

  1. You can now add a site column that's based on an external list to a custom list.
  2. You experience an error when you use the External Content type-based site column. In this situation, you cannot add a site column that is based on an external list to a list. After you install this update, you must remove the site column, and then add the site column again.
  3. The SuppressModernAuthForOfficeClients property does not work for Outlook calendar synchronization. In this situation, the calendar does not synchronize with SharePoint Server. This issue occurs because SharePoint Server issues a modern authentication to on-premises Outlook clients. After you install this update, SharePoint Server will no longer issue a modern authentication to the clients.
  4. A user whose name contains a comma cannot be resolved in the Quick Edit menu in SharePoint Server 2016.
  5. A farm administrator whose name contains a period can't upgrade SharePoint Apps.
  6. When a farm administrator creates a search service application by using PowerShell, the database owner of the search service application database is the farm administrator and not the farm account that is used to run the timer service. The database owner of all databases should be the farm account. This update changes the owner of search-related databases to be the farm account.

Security Fix

This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office that could allow information disclosure if a user opens a specially crafted Office file.

Language-Dependent Fix

No fix release for this month.


As we know, this Month MSFT released 2 CUs (one includes the LP-related fix and other non-LP related fixes).

  • To apply this update, you must have Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 installed.
Restart information
  • If during the Installation of the updates certain components of SharePoint are running then it will ask you to restart the server. So it depends upon your server.

Schema Change

  • This update updates the database schema so that the mean schema and Patch Version will change. You will see the same Patch number and Build Number.

Patch Number

  • 16.0.4717.1000

Known Issue with CU

No language dependent fix was released for July 2018, so we have to use the June 2018 Language dependent package in order to fully patch the server.


See Also

Please check this Wiki for the SharePoint 2016 Build Numbers