Windows 2003 updates

I am currently in the process of building a windows 2003 standard server that will house or new exchange 2003 enterprise server. I know Exchange has SP1 available and i will make sure to download that and install. However for w2k3 i dont want to install SP1 since i hear it messes up a lot of stuff. So i was wondering what updates are critical or a must have for w2k3 before i install Exchange 2003?
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Since you are building a new system, there is nothing SP1 should be able to mess up. I'd run sp1 first thing after setting up the server. The main problem you could get with SP1 would be if you have a running system.
msidnamAuthor Commented:
w2k3 SP1 will not mess anything up in exchange 2003? I just want to make sure i have my bases covered since this is going to be our new production email server
I've experienced no problems with SP1 yet (yes, including an Exchange server). Sooner or later, you won't get around it anyway, so installing it on a fresh system is the best solution. Exchange comes later anyway, so why would the SP mess up Exchange?
It might save some time in the long run if you slipstream the service pack and then install using the slipstreamed media. Prevents trouble installing the Recovery Console after you've applied the SP, too ...
Windows Server 2003 SP Slipstreaming

And note that the Support Tools have been updated as well; install this package (and put it on the slipstreamed CD into the Support folder instead of the old version):
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 32-bit Support Tools

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msidnamAuthor Commented:
What is slipstreaming? I have not heard of that before.
Slipstreaming is when you take a windows install CD and create a new one with the unpacked servicepack on it.
In NT4, you had to install the OS, then apply the Service Pack. Always.
With Windows 2000, Microsoft introduced the possibility to "slipstream" the service pack into the original install medium.
That way, you can create an installation medium that has the service pack already integrated, so that you don't have to apply it after the installation. Saves a lot of work especially if you install more than one machine ...
The article above describes the process.
Make sure you read all of the documentation on Windows 2003 SP 1 or you will not get your server to work.  There is a security tool similar to IIS lockdown that sets up secuirty settings on your server depending on what you want to do with it.  If you don't use it, your server will be locked up so tight to where no one will get in.  This is why people are saying SP1 messes things up.
msidnamAuthor Commented:
I am about to install SP1. This is on a clean machine. nothing else is installed yet. I will then be installing exchange 2003. I did read in the article that oBdA linked that it should come up with a wizard. If i follow the wizard I should be good? Or are there any hidden setting i should know about?
As long as you follow the wizard you should be good.  There is an option in the wizard for Exchange.  Basically it opens the required ports and sets permissions on folders that Exchange will need.
msidnamAuthor Commented:
should i install exchange first and then run the wizard? I noticed it said before running the wizard to make any programs that use inbound ports is running.
Dmitri FarafontovLinux Systems AdminCommented:
Yes, because Service Pack Install will look for specific files needed to update.
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