How to install WSS and MOSS SP1

Service Pack 1 for SharePoint is here. The SharePoint Team blog has a great full length article on all of fixes and tweaks. You can read it here Announcing the Release of WSS 3.0 SP1 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 SP1.

This post is just meant to give you the easy version of the install instructions. If you have complex scenarios or have issues I highly recommend you read Planning and deploying SP1 for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server instead of my instructions. Cool?

Ok here is my setup that I am about to patch. Server 1 is the SQL 2005 SP2 database box. Server 2 is a Windows Server 2003 SP2 with MOSS 2007 Enterprise installed. I am doing everything on Server 2. I give you run times on the longer parts for reference points. Your times will vary!

  1. Backup SharePoint! Seriously handy little paper here if you need help.

  2. Download the software you need. For my servers I downloaded the 32 bit editions. You must install BOTH the WSS and MOSS update if you have MOSS installed.

    1. WSS SP1 downloads

    2. MOSS SP1 downloads

  3. Stop the World Wide Web Publishing Services to keep your users off the server.

    1. Start > Administrative Tools > Services

    2. Scroll to the bottom of the list, click World Wide Web Publishing Service

    3. Click the Stop button

  4. Install the Windows SharePoint Services Service Pack (total time less than 2 minutes)

    1. Find the downloaded file. For me this was wssv3sp1-kb936988-x86-fullfile-en-us.exe

    2. Double click to run the file

    3. Read the license terms, click accept

    4. Click continue

    5. At the reminder message click OK

    6. Now it starts processing the update.

    7. At the installation complete message click OK

  5. Now if you have just WSS skip to step 8

  6. If the configuration wizard opens close it.

  7. Install the MOSS update (total time less than 2 minutes)

    1. Find the downloaded file. For me this was officeserver2007sp1-kb936984-x86-fullfile-en-us.exe

    2. Double click to run the file

    3. Read the license terms, click accept

    4. Click continue

    5. At the reminder message click OK

    6. Now the update processes…

  8. Run SharePoint Configuration Wizard (15 minutes)

    1. Start > All Programs > Microsoft Office Server > SharePoint Product and Technologies Configuration Wizard

    2. Click Next at the Welcome screen

    3. Click Yes at the warning about restarting services

    4. Click Next at the Completing the SharePoint Product and Technologies Configuration Wizard

    5. Your server is now processing step 1

    6. You will be prompted to now install the updates on other servers in your farm. Click OK since you only have 1 SharePoint server.

      1. NOTE: If you did have multiple servers you would repeat all of the above steps on each of those servers before moving on. Also, if you are wondering you should probably start with the server that host central admin.

    7. Now your server is processing steps 2 through 9.

    8. Speaking of step 8 it took my server approximately 13 minutes to process 4.4 GB of content. I am sure your times will vary. Just don’t panic on this step if it takes a while. It is essentially touching all of your content.

    9. At Configuration Successful click Finish

  9. Check out Central Admin

    1. Restart the World Wide Web Publishing service you stopped in step 2. If you had to reboot this is not necessary.

    2. Click Operations tab

    3. Under Topologies and Services click Servers in farm

    4. Next to your server you should see Version not If you do you should be good to go.

That is it. 🙂

Shane – SharePoint Help

SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool – Beta

Be the first kid on your block to try it out.

This handy little tool will allow you to input your number of users, number of locations, bandwidth, preferred hardware, and even usage profiles and then have it spit back a suggested farm topology and suggested hardware. Pretty cool stuff.

A couple of warnings. The tool is still beta so be sure you verify what it is telling you. I have seen some crazy scenarios where you get back the need for 25 servers because you messed up the storage space. J So be smart. Also, you will have to sign up for a Microsoft Connect account. But that is a good thing. Lots of fun betas our there you can apply for.

If you do try the tool out do give your feedback. That is the only way it gets better. Those of us in the real world have to help.


Shane – SharePoint Help