The SharePoint Product team overnight have released Feature Pack 2 for SharePoint 2016 on-prem!
The main focus with this release is to enable on-prem SharePoint 2016 installations, the ability to utilise the SharePoint Framework! A long requested feature and a large step in the strategy Microsoft has set forth for SharePoint moving forward.
SharePoint Server 2016 Feature Pack 2 contains SharePoint Framework client-side web part support with classic SharePoint pages.
The SharePoint Framework (SPFx) is a page and web part model that provides full support for client-side SharePoint development, easy integration with SharePoint data, and support for open source tooling. With the SharePoint Framework, you can use modern web technologies and tools in your preferred development environment to build productive experiences and apps that are responsive and mobile-ready from day one.
The SharePoint Framework works for SharePoint Online and also for on-premises (SharePoint 2016 with Feature Pack 2).
This update package also includes a security update which resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office that could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Office file.
More details about what security issues can be seen at Stefans blog at: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/stefan_gossner/2017/09/12/sharepoint-security-fixes-released-with-september-2017-pu-and-offered-through-microsoft-update/
To learn more about these vulnerabilities, see Microsoft Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures CVE-2017-8742
NOTE: Feature Pack 2 also includes all the features earlier released in Feature Pack 1
NOTE: Feature Pack 2 contains all of the new features that shipped with Feature Pack 1. You don't need to separately install Feature Pack 1 and then install Feature Pack 2. Feature Pack 2 is included in all future Public Updates for SharePoint Server 2016, beginning with the September 2017 Public Update.
Don;t forget, before installation to backup your far / environment and ensure the backup works first before installing this on your production environments!
Then once installed, Test, Test and Test to make sure everything is fine and is still working. If it has, either fix it or put into action your rollback/fail safe plan!
I cant stress backing up and testing enough!