Thursday, March 31, 2005

Official Windows Server 2003 SP1 on Windows Small Business Server 2003 response

There has been quite a few questions regarding Windows Server 2003 SP1 and it’s support on Windows Small Business Server 2003: I hope this post will clear up any of the confusion here. As always, if you have immediate questions, please feel free to ask them here and I will attempt to answer your questions as best I can.

Windows Server 2003 SP1 is supported on Windows Small Business Server 2003, but there are some known integration issues that are resolved in the Small Business Server SP1 (available within the next 60 days). With the Windows Server SP1 installed, you may encounter the known issues and our recommendation is to:

  1. Be patient with the issue and wait for Windows Small Business Server 2003 SP1

  2. Un-install Windows Server 2003 SP1, and wait for Windows Small Business Server 2003 SP1, which includes Windows Server SP1

Furthermore, a KB Article will be written to further address these issues, and I will follow up when the link to the KB when it is available.

In the mean time here is the short list of the known issues:

  • Remote Access Wizard hangs when creating the connection manager package

  • Small Business Server Change IP tool will fail

    • Change IP tool will continue to fail after un-install of WS SP1

    • Workaround: Remove WS SP1, disable DHCP, re-run CEICW

  • Power Users retain SharePoint Administration privileges even after the role is changed to Reader

  • Re-Install of Exchange fails

  • Re-Install of Intranet component fails

  • Fax Services won’t start and the Fax Configuration Wizard cannot be run after un-installing Windows Server SP1

  • DHCP service may not start after a restore

Please let me know if you have any further questions


Gary said...

Hi Sean,

I didn't read your mesage in time and installed SP1 on my SBS 2003 server. Server hangs on boot now. I know it was SP1 that caused the problem, because I rebooted my server before installing SP1. Any suggestions? Server sits at windows logo screen. Waited 15 mins, keyboard locked up.


Sean Daniel said...

Depending on the speed of your box, the first reboot after SP1 will take some time. It's replacing files etc. Future reboots should not take that long.

Once it has finished booting up, you can choose to remove the SP1 if you need to use the Remote Access Wizard, or the Change IP tool, if not, feel free to leave it on your box.

However, if you remove the WS SP1 and you use fax, you will have to use add/remove programs to re-install the fax component and the server tools component in order to get these services back up and running again.

I appologize for the pain.