Fast for SharePoint: Build & version numbers

26 Jan 2012
January 26, 2012

Ever wondered what FAST for SharePoint (FS4SP) version is currently installed? Ever checked if every server in the search cluster has the same version?

Check the version!

The best approach is – open “Program and Features” and check the version there:

With “View installed updates” you can even see if Cumulative Updates have been installed.

Please be aware that not all files are updated after a patch so the versions in other files or tools can be different.

The stale “version.xml”

If you stumble accross the\etc\version.xml (e.g. C:\FASTSearch\etc\version.xml) file you can see the version number – but its not updated even if you install SP1.

FAST for SharePoint versio.xml

Versions (incomplete, to be continued):

FAST For SharePoint Versions/Builds
Version Description
14.0.4763.1000 FAST for SharePoint RTM
14.0.6029.1000 FAST for SharePoint Service Pack 1
14.0.6029.1000 FAST for SharePoint Service Pack 1 with CU June 2011

As you can see there is no version difference between SP1 and CU June 2011.


Did I miss a version? Cumulative Updates anyone?



Update 1 (30.01.2012)

As mentioned by Dan in the comments its better to directly check Programs and Features. I updated the post, thanks Dan!

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Maximilian Melcher (MCSE, MCPD) is a Principal Consultant working at Alegri International Services in Munich, Germany. Max is a specialist in SharePoint technologies focused on search, social computing, web content management and collaboration. Max has led SharePoint implementations for Dax 30 companies since 2009.
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2 replies
  1. Dan Begallie says:

    Well, considering the version information in the version.xml file doesn’t match any installed version I probably would not rely on that one. The second method is much more reliable, and if you select “View installed updates” you can also see any hotfixes or CUs that have been applied. For example, the December 2011 CU for FAST appears as “Hotfix for Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint (KB2597067) and the June 2011 CU for FAST appears as “Hotfix for Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint (KB2553040)”. Both hotfixes (these were on different servers in different farms, BTW) list the versions the same as SP 1 (14.0.6029.1000). It’s the only reliable way I’ve found to see what SP and CU is applied on the FAST server.

  2. Max Melcher says:

    Thanks Dan for your feedback, much appreciated!

    I will update the post to make it more conclusive!


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