Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 - Part 7

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Posted Aug 27, 2002


by Andy Goodman


SBS Service Pack One  The seventh article in Andy Goodman's Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 series covers the first service pack released for Small Business Server 2000 and its various components.

Microsoft recently released Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Small Business Server 2000; you can order the CD or download the majority of it from the Microsoft Website. They are saying 4 to 6 weeks for the CD, so this article is going to cover 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 as well as some fixes and integration updates. The Web 289.5 MB download, however, does not contain Outlook 2002, SQL Server 2000 SP2 or ISA Server 2000 SP1. Microsoft does provide 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 one reboot. If the other two service packs had not been installed, it would have installed them requiring a reboot after each one for a total of three reboots for the main upgrade.

These are the updates to SBS itself that are listed in the readme file:

  • VPN clients are able to browse the network and connect to a network shared folder.
     
  • Client computers running Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP can view Network Neighborhood.
     
  • The ASPEnableParentPaths setting for Internet Information Services (IIS) is turned off.
     
  • The 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.
     
  • Client Setup file contention with multiple users has been corrected.

The client machines will also be given the option to upgrade to W2K-SP3 when they log onto the network. However, 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 that it was optional.

Make sure you have plenty of room on the systemroot drive (normally C:) as that is where SP1 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 Service Packs you'll want to download, you can get them at:

And if you notice that your Windows XP clients cannot 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 for 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 specific knowledge of 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 that 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, which you can find HERE.

A great book on SBS 2000 by Harry Brelsford - Read the REVIEW.

Microsoft's SBS News Groups - HERE.


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