Monthly Archives: December 2017

FIXED – stsadm upgrade command has been replaced by psconfig.exe

Recently I came across the error below when upgrading a SharePoint 2016 farm.   Expected product behavior and simply a case of training SharePoint Administrators to use PSCONFIG.EXE command line instead.  Cheers!  shades_smile

Error Screenshot

stsadm -o upgrade -inplace b2b –force
Command line error.  Invalid parameter.
stsadm –o upgrade command has been replaced by psconfig.exe -cmd upgrade


New Command

PSCONFIG -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -wait -cmd applicationcontent -install -cmd installfeatures -cmd secureresources -cmd services -install


Modern Page – NEW Web Parts

Recently Microsoft added more choices when adding a Web Part to SharePoint Online Modern pages.

We now have the “Divider” and “Spacer” which control page layout with either a horizontal rule (Divider) or white space (Spacer) between other web parts.   Simple but helpful addition.



Also, Modern pages now include a “Promote” button that provides a right task pane with options to Add to Navigation, Post as News, or Email to inform a wider audience and build traffic.  Cheers!




What’s in that patch? Dec 2017

NOTE – PDF format updated to include both SharePoint 2013 and 2016 notes.

Ever wondered what fixes are inside of a given CU?   Please see attached PDF with full detail. I wanted a new format for easy reading.   Show management and make the business case for why downtime should be taken to apply CUs.  Also posted at

If you found this helpful, please leave a comment.    shades_smile_thumb_thumb_thumb_thumb[2]


What’s in that patch – Dec 2017.PDF

Office 365 – Targeted Release

Microsoft has renamed “First Release” to “Targeted Release.”   Keep in mind when reading O365 Admin Center or Roadmap messages in the future.   shades_smile

Updated feature: First Release rename


Stay Informed

Published On : December 6, 2017

We have changed the name of First Release, to Targeted Release. This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID: 24283. Targeted Release is one of our release rings, as we roll out new features.

elease validation rings for Office 365

How does this affect me?

This is a name change only. There are no other changes to our commitments to organizations configured for Targeted Release.

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?

There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. Please click Additional Information to learn more.

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