If you are performing a greenfield or clean install of SharePoint, it is a good idea to install the latest version (which as of today would be Service Pack 2 with the April Cumulative Update). The latest install media for SharePoint, however, only has SP1 integrated, so today I will show you how to slipstream the latest updates into your install media.
To get started, you will need a copy of the SharePoint 2007 install media, the SP2 installers for both Windows SharePoint Services and Office SharePoint Server, and the latest Cumulative Updates for both WSS and MOSS. You can download them all here:
- SharePoint Server Install Media (Note… you will be able to use your own product key, so don’t worry about the fact that this is the “Trial Version”. You will want to download the OfficeServer.exe file and not OfficeServerwithSP1.exe file, or else you will have the additional step of deleting the SP1 files that were slipstreamed in).
- Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
- The 2007 Microsoft Office Servers Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 cumulative update package: April 30, 2009 SharePoint Server 2007 cumulative update package (MOSS server package): April 30, 2009
Edit: October cumulative updates have been released. Follow the same steps, but use the two following CU files instead of those released for April:
- SharePoint Server 2007 Cumulative Update Server Hotfix Package (MOSS server-package): October 27, 2009
- Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Cumulative Update Server Hotfix Package (WSS server-package): October 27, 2009
First, create a folder that will hold the slipstreamed installer. In my case I’ll call it c:\SP2Slipstream.
Next, extract the install media into that folder as follows:
OfficeServer.exe /extract:c:\SP2Slipstream (there are no spaces after the /extract switch). You will end up with the folder structure below.
The Updates folder is where we are going to extract all up the SP2 and Cumulative Update files, and setup.exe will be smart enough to integrate the updates at install time.
Next, extract the four update files as follows:
When you are done, the Updates folder will be full of msp files.
One last step before you burn the SP2Slipstream folder to a CD… Delete Wsssetup.dll from the updates folder because it conflicts with Svrsetup.dll. Having both Wsssetup.dll and Svrsetup.dll in the updates folder for a slipstreamed installation source is not supported.
Burn your SP2Slipstream folder to a CD and you are all set to go!
*Update: I had someone ask me if the above steps will work if you are starting out with SP1 Media instead of RTM, and the answer is yes. I just like using the RTM Media as it starts out with a clean Updates folder instead of being full of SP1 updates that are superseded in SP2.