Okay so you know that SBS sp1 is a five step process right?

Downloading the service pack. The download for Windows SBS SP1 includes the service packs necessary for the Standard Edition of Windows SBS 2003. As a part of this process, you must download five separate files, which could take a considerable amount of time depending upon the speed of your Internet connection. If any of service packs 1-4 are already installed, it is not necessary to do so again.



1. Service Pack 1 for the Windows Server® 2003 operating system

2. Windows SharePoint® Services 2.0 Service Pack 1

3. Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 1  ——Instead of deploying Exchange 2003 sp1, stick Exchange 2003 SP2 here

4. Windows XP SP2 for Client Deployment

5. Windows Small Business Server 2003 SP1

And if you are a Premium customer and finish up with SQL 2000 sp4 and ISA 2004, you don’t end up with the “Not to all seven times” effect that if you if you stick Exchange 2003 sp2 on ‘after’ SQL 2000 sp2.

Les [is more] Connor is reporting that he’s doing this at clients and it’s working like a champ.

Don’t forget to read the Community release notes before…and have a backup.

This is merely the application of a service pack and we are not seeing any issues in switching out the Exchange service pack 2 versus the 1.  I’m double checking, but I cannot imagine that it would be unsupported in any way.

I’ll tell you this…I’d definitely recommend it for your premium boxes as a way to ensure that the right files are laid down.


2 Responses to Haven’t yet installed SBS sp1? We have a new way for you to do so

  1. Abhi says:

    Is this supported / recommended by Microsoft? What happens when something goes wrong, do you still get that free support call? Why take any risks with your server at all, just for the sake of a little convenience?

  2. Susan says:

    There is less risk of applying it in this fashion to ensure that the newer files deployed in SQL 2000 sp4 are not affected than applying Exchange 2003 sp2. I don’t recommend things in my blog that I would not personally do to my real production box.