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Microsoft Small Business Server 2000, Part 7
by Andy Goodman

SBS Service Pack One 

Microsoft has released SP1 for Small Business Server, you can order the CD or download the majority of it from the web. They are saying 4 to 6 weeks for the CD so this article is about the web download. It is a 289.5 Mb file so don't try it without some kind of broadband connection. It took 2.5 hours to download over my DSL line.

SBS-SP1 contains Windows 2000 SP3, Exchange Server SP3, SQL Server 2000 SP2, ISA Server 2000 SP1 and Outlook 2002 plus some fixes and integration updates. The web 289.5 Mb download does not contain Outlook 2002, SQL Server 2000 SP2 or ISA Server 2000 SP1. They do give you links to download all but Outlook 2002 for that you have to get the CD.

The install is very well behaved. It checks to see if you already have Exchange SP3 and Windows 2000 SP3 and does not reinstall them if you do. In my case as they were already installed from the last article the upgrade only took 10 minutes and 1 reboot. If the other 2 service packs had not been installed it would have installed them requiring a reboot after each one for a total of 3 reboots for the main upgrade.

These are the updates to SBS itself that are listed in the readme file
bulletVPN clients are able to browse the network and connect to a network shared
bulletClient computers running Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP
can view Network Neighborhood.
bulletThe ASPEnableParentPaths setting for Internet Information Services (IIS) is
turned off.
bulletThe RestrictAnonymous registry key value is now set to 1.

The chance of POP3 data loss when there are more than 14 mailboxes has
been eliminated.
bulletClient Setup file contention with multiple users has been corrected.

Also the client machines will be given the option to upgrade to W2K-SP3 when they log onto the network. Although I did notice that after a couple of reboots of the client it had not happened. If you don't see the option to upgrade your W2K clients try logging off and back on instead of rebooting. That is what worked for me. By the way this client was a Celeron 450 and the upgrade from the server took 30 minutes including rebooting. And the best part is it was optional.

Make sure you have plenty of room on the systemroot drive (normally C:) as that is where it needs to put its files. It needs a directory called systemroot:\Program Files\Microsoft Small Business Server SP1 so all the hooks work properly. Here is the note regarding space requirements from the readme file

Note Before downloading Service Pack 1, make sure that you have 300 MB of free disk space for the service pack download, at least 300 MB of space available on the drive containing the Program Files folder, 125 MB of space on the drive containing the ClientApps folder, and 350 MB of space for extracting temporary Exchange 2000 SP3 files.

As for the other SP's you'll want to download you can get them at

SQL Server 2000 SP2

ISA Server SP1

And if you notice that your Windows XP clients can not connect to Windows Update try one of the  following

Either install Windows XP-SP1 or

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Under Settings, select Use HTTP 1.1 through proxy connections, and then
    click OK.
  5. Quit and then restart Internet Explorer.

This is a known issue see Q312955 for details

SBS Channel Program

If you sell and support SBS for a living check out the details to this new program here, basically Microsoft is temporarily offering a $500.00 rebate to get you to support SBS. You have to pass an online test to show you have some knowledge specifically about SBS and there are some rules and restrictions but nothing too severe. And if that's not enough motivation they are also putting up a list of the folks who pass the test and register for the program so people looking for SBS support can find you.

Additional SBS Resources

DownHome Computers (my company) Specializes in Small Business Server

The folks at MCP have given us a forum for SBS you can find it HERE

A great book on SBS 2000 by Harry Brelsford, read the REVIEW

Other areas of SBS interest at SWYNK.com

Microsoft's SBS News Groups HERE

Black Vipers Description of Windows Services 2000 Version and XP Version

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