Friday 13 March 2009

SBS 2008 – During Setup Do Not Update

The setting in the Answer File Generator:

09-03-13 SBS 2008 Answer File

SBS Answer File – Get Installation Updates disabled

If the SBS setup is being run without an Answer File, then click:

09-03-13 SBS 2008 No Answer File

Install – Do not get the most recent installation updates

There are a lot of updates that have been released since SBS first RTMd. Some of them will cause the server install to choke.

Once the server has run through the setup routines successfully, we would run the available MU/WSUS updates after we have completed the server’s preliminary configuration steps.

We would update in the following order along with the requisite reboots:

  • Exchange Updates and the latest Rollup.
  • Windows Server 2008 x64 updates.
  • SharePoint, WSUS , server component specific updates.
  • SQL Server updates.

When it comes to SQL updates, there are some newly released service packs that may not get offered via MU/WSUS before the prior incremental updates do. Keeping the latest service pack level for the install SQL instance versions in mind and only choosing the needed updates will facilitate a more efficient update process.

One practice we have taken up since our struggles with the recent SQL updates causing issues with SharePoint v3 is to run the SBS Backup prior to running each update stage.

If an update causes the server to choke, we are only a restore away to the point we were prior to running the updates.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

*All Mac on SBS posts will not be written on a Mac until we replace our now missing iMac! (previous blog post)

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