Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 and Small Business Server 2003

Well…   it appears the Windows 2003 SP2 has just been released but I would recommend holding off approving that update until you at least read this article.

Guess what….   you can’t read that article, because it’s not live yet.   How silly is that.

We (well us two, Susan and I, as the rest are partying at the MVP summit) are working to get this fixed.  In the mean time, don’t install

  4 Replies to “Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 and Small Business Server 2003”

  1. March 13, 2007 at 4:36 pm

    Nick – it is up – it says that if you are planning on doing one of these, hold off. ALso you need to accept the EULA, so even with auto updates on it won’t auto install.

    – You upgrade from an evaluation copy of Windows Small Business Server 2003 to the full retail version.
    – You upgrade from Windows Server 2003 to the full retail version of Windows Small Business Server 2003.
    – You migrate to Windows Server 2003 from Windows Small Business Server by using the Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Transition Pack.



  2. March 13, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks for the update David.

    Yeah, so essentially, if you are not using the migration pack in the future you should be good to go though.

    I shall start testing 🙂

  3. September 5, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    So How did testing go? Can I install this? What are the Tricks?

  4. September 6, 2007 at 4:23 am

    Hi All,

    I would recommend two things when installing SP2.

    1. Take an IMAGE backup of your server, and a AD backup using NT Backup.

    2. Before installing, make sure to read the official SBS Blog and take note of the articles relating to SP2. They explain everything, but essentially… disable RSS, TCP Chimney, Update Network Cards to current drivers and then disable RSS and TCPIP Offload.

    SP2 is a dog… and an angry one at that.

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