Ok so I am going to try and make this as simple as possible.
SBS SP1 is not the same as Windows Server 2003 SP1. Many of us get confused and I don't blame them. It was not available via windows update and in itself is very confusing.
So what is SBS SP1 then?
SBS SP1 is a separate update that will patch your SBS and some know issues would go away. Like CALs getting reset to 5 when disk space is low on system drive. (But this does not mean your server will run fine when not running with enough resources.)
SBS SP1 A is all you need to get started. All the service packs that you would want on your Small Business Server under one link.
You may want to replace the first three service packs with the latest one.
Please apply the service pack in the following order only!
- Windows Server Service Pack 2.
- Share Point Service Pack 3.
- Exchange Service Pack 2.
- Client Service Pack, Windows XP SP2. (This is important because you cannot install SBS SP1 without this.)
- SBS SP1.
I recently received a question via email,
I installed SBS and I would like to update is to the latest Service Packs. What would be the right order then? I guess:
- Step 1: Windows 2003server SP1
- Step 2: Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 SP1
- Step 3: Exchange Server 2003 SP1
- Step 4: Windows XP SP2 for Client Deployment
- Step 5: SBS SP1
- Step 6: Windows 2003 server SP2
- Step 7: Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 SP2 and 3
- Step 8: Exchange Server 2003 SP2
- Step 9: Windows XP SP2 for Client Deployment
I can't find the right order and I think it has to be this, could you confirm that or tell me what the right order is?
While this can be a right order, you may want to save some time. IMHO you can download and install the latest service pack rather than doing from windows update or by downloading SP1 first. SP2 downloaded from this link will contain all previous patches including the one in SP1. If you are nervous to do so, keep backups!
If you don't know yet, SBS SP0 is not supported any longer. For Life Cycle of SBS SP0 support please refer to the following link;
ALWAYS TAKE BACKUPS BEFORE APPPLYING SERVICE PACKS AND PATCHES. Be aware of know issues like the following;
Common Networking Issues After Applying Windows Server 2003 SP2 on SBS