Same Service packs folks

On March 30, 2008, in news, by

“It must be noted that Windows Small Business Server is technically not an ‘edition’ of the Windows Server operating system but rather a customized SKU of server technologies targeted especially to small businesses. As such, the application servers are not merely bundled with the OS but are tightly integrated into the operating system. The same service packs as those for Windows Server or other server products cannot simply be used to update the OS.”

It must be noted that this is no longer true.  One can install Windows 2003 sp2 to SBS 2003.  Since the R2 era (meaning post SBS 2003 sp1) the goal has been to not have special service packs for SBS, but rather be able to install the same exact service packs as Windows Server, Exchange Server, Sharepoint, WSUS, ISA and so on.

So let me restate that:

The SAME service packs as those for Windows Server or other server products CAN simply be used to update the Operating system. 

SBS is just parts with extra magic.


3 Responses to Same Service packs folks

  1. Chris Knight says:

    I’ll re-iterate what I posted here.

    If you install a service pack on SBS, don’t ever, ever perform a Repair install or an over-the-top install using the install media and expect your system to boot.

    If you install a service pack, your repair options are Directory Services Restore Mode boot then restore from backup, complete minimal re-install from scratch then apply SP then restore from backup in DSRM, or re-image from an image based backup.

    This is the downside for not being able to slipstream the SP with Disk 1.

  2. NickWhittome says:

    Hang on Chris? You can…

    Susan, why not edit the Wiki entry?

  3. NickWhittome says:

    Ignore me, I am a dope.

    I completely misread this post 🙂 Slipstreaming is only possible with a Windows 2003 disc and some trickery.

    We really do need a SBS2003 Media kit with SP2 implemented.