WSS 3.0 on SBS White Paper Released

Fresh on the heels of the WSS 3.0 release is the “Installing Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 on a Server Running Windows Small Business Server” white paper.  If you are considering installing WSS 3.0 on your SBS server, please, please read this paper and test it thoroughly before attempting this in a production environment.  The steps themselves are not hard, but you must choose the right settings during the install or you will be restoring from backup.  From the white paper:


Caution

When you install Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 on your server, do not choose Gradual upgrade or In-place upgrade. If you do, several Windows SBS administration tools will fail, and you might lose data on your Windows SharePoint Services sites. You must choose No, do not upgrade at this time, which results in a side-by-side installation.

Caution

You must maintain your http://companyweb Web site as a Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 installation. Upgrading the site to Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 is not supported.

 Link to the white paper:

 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0daafc81-efff-4f5b-a28a-8265f1e99f5b&displaylang=en

The questions on everyone’s mind:

Q.  Is WSS 3.0 supported on SBS 2003?

A.  Yes, but it must be installed to a separate web site.  You must install according to the instructions in the white paper.  Any scenarios outside of this configuration are untested.

Q.  Can I upgrade CompanyWeb to WSS 3.0?

A.  No.

Q.  I accidentally upgraded CompanyWeb to WSS 3.0 and now it is broken.  What do I do?

A.  You will have to restore the server from a full backup to restore full functionality.