I was recently asked by one of our Premier Field Engineers in Charlotte, NC about the versioning information displayed in SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration after installing recent Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 security updates and decided it would be beneficial to expand the audience for others seeking an answer to this question.
In relation to the October patches for MOSS/WSS – should the database version show up correctly in CA? or is it expected that it would should up like this:
In CA – Operations -> Servers in Farm
All FE’s and App’s show up as 126.96.36.19939
But the cluster running the WSS Database shows 188.8.131.5218?
I checked a content DB and the versions table shows 184.108.40.20639…
Although WSS shows as build 220.127.116.1140 you will see it display 18.104.22.16839 in Site Settings since the EULA changed in 6040 which did not make any binary changes from 22.214.171.12439 to 126.96.36.19940. Your Windows SharePoint Services Database in the Central Administration user interface will reflect the RTM build version 188.8.131.5218 since a binary change does not occur on the backend.