Install SharePoint Services SP 1 to boost Windows Server 2003

Here are some quick tips for installing SharePoint Services SP1.

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In September 2004, Microsoft released Service Pack 1 for Windows SharePoint Services, a freely available enhancement for Windows Server 2003. Windows SharePoint Services is not yet a core component for Windows Server 2003, which is why Microsoft released a separate service pack.

Windows SharePoint Services SP1 is available for installation via Windows Update. Or you can also download SP1 from Microsoft's Web site.

This service pack fixes a number of problems. For detailed information about the fixes, check out Microsoft Knowledge Base article 841876. Windows SharePoint Services SP1 also adds support for larger files on the SharePoint installation, and it eases the process required to install future hot fixes and service packs.

If you run Windows SharePoint Services on a Web farm, you should install the update to all servers running the application. Microsoft doesn't support farms of SharePoint servers that are running different revision levels of the software and warns that failure to update all servers will result in outages.

For instructions for updating all of the servers in a Web farm, check out Microsoft Knowledge Base article 875358.

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