Tuesday 12 May 2009

SBS 2008 – Hang On Before Installing WSS SP2

We have just had our freshly installed SBS 2008 Companyweb get toasted by the Windows SharePoint Services Service Pack 2 update.

One of the lessons we have learned, whether we are talking about SBS 2003 or SBS 2008, is to make sure we backup the server before running each product group updates (previous blog post).

In this case, WSS v3 SP2 was the second last update to be run along with an SBS 2008 specific update.

So, we are fortunate that this particular server has not gone into production yet.

To save time, we are restoring the entire box from backup, which is the last optional step on our checklist anyway, and then running with the SBS 2008 update only.

While this is our first Companyweb SharePoint site toasted by WSS v3 SP2, it is not the first we have heard of the Companyweb site getting toasted.

The Official SBS Blog:

The troubleshooting steps did not work for us. Given the speed of this particular box, a restore is only going to take about 15-25 minutes. That will be a lot quicker and safer than:

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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