Mon, May 23 2005 23:30
Any good installs of SBS 2003 sp1, the newsgrouper asked?
In the newsgroup today came the post “SP1 - any good installs?” and I had to laugh a bit. First off, I'd say most sane folks are ordering the cdroms and waiting for the media, but keep in mind, the newsgroup is after all..for tech support you know. When's the last time you ran to the newsgroup and yelled out “Hey Windows update worked perfectly!” or how about “I rebooted just fine!“. See what I mean? We don't see the good results, just the problem ones. So a few days after the SP was released and what's the biggest things we've seen so far?
In general, I think I can sum up the preliminary report as follows: When you haven't been an SBSer, you've gotten into issues with this service pack.
What am I talking about? You didn't let the install put everything in the system and you customized your install. We see when Outlook isn't installed, the service pack will actually complete properly but will indicate a failure. We see when Sharepoint or Monitoring in moved in an unusual way, the service pack doesn't know where to go to find it. In my own personal case, I totally blew it when I forgot and left on antivirus and didn't manually disable it for the entire install process. Unplug the RJ45, disable the antivirus, reboot the system so the a/v is not in memory and THEN install the service pack. My ISA server installation got a smidge stuck on IISadmin being held 'on' by Trend antivirus.
Just remember, in the folder under Program Files\Microsoft Integration\Windows Small Business Server\ you will find the files: Eventlog.txt, Errorlog.txt and Setup.log. Review the last few entries in each looking for error messages.
Again the main things to keep in mind for a standard vanilla install is watch the harddrive space and disable the antivirus. Other than that, ask yourself... how good of an SBSer have you been with this box? If you've been a good SBSer... we probably won't hear from you. If you haven't been a good SBSer, well then, we'll keep the light on for ya.
Filed under: SBS 2k3 SP1