Upgrading to R2

So you have a SBS 2003 sp1 box and you just got your Action pack…. how do you update it?  Do you


a.  Merely stick in the dvd and it will automagically update or


b.  Drill down to the R2 parts and run the individual cdroms?


The answer is b.


These disks make up the base:


 Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Premium Edition CD1

 Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Premium Edition CD2

 Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Premium Edition CD3

 Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Premium Edition CD4

 Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Premium Edition – Office Outlook 2003


So if you already have SBS 2003 sp1… you already have that.

 Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Premium Edition – Premium Technologies Disc 1

 Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Premium Edition – Premium Technologies Disc 2


These two disks are ISA 2004 sp1 and SQL 2005 workgroup.  If you have already applied ISA 2004 sp1 … or you decide to not install it, you can just skip over the ISA install.  If you already have SQL 2000 installed, you need to follow the upgrading steps at http://www.sbslinks.com/sql2005.htm .  If you don’t want to install SQL 2005, and instead just leave everything at MSDE, then you can skip these disks.  Remember that you can’t upgrade SBSmonitoring to SQL (2000 or 2005) and while WSUS ‘can’ be upgraded to SQL 2005… it runs just fine on MSDE.

 Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Premium Edition – R2 Technologies CD


This disk is Exchange 2003 sp2, Sharepoint sp2 and the SBSized WSUS.  If you’ve been a happy patcher, you will already have Exchange 2003 sp2 and Sharepoint sp2.  If you’ve already installed WSUS, you can install the R2 version over the top and it will/it may change any customizations you’ve done.  If you have never installed WSUS before.. now’s your chance to install it.  Once it’s done installing…while you can use the ‘normal’ WSUS interface.. it’s way way easier to just use the SBS ‘update services’ console in the home page.  And remember.. while this can be installed remotely.. you MUST use the built in admin account to install it.


P.S. If you don’t install the WSUS… you also won’t get the new Update services part…

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