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Hi Everybody,

What is the right order to install service packs with SBS Premium on a new server assuming that you will be using everything from ISA to Exchange? Any ideas on best practices would be greatly appreciated.
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Install any specific SBS-related service packs first, then all security patches and service packs to the OS.  Other than that, I don't think the order really matters.
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Do I have to install SBS SP1 then SP2 etc. or can I just skip to SP2 right off the bat. I have heard so many opinions that have confused me that's why I'm rather asking.
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All Microsoft service packs that I've ever seen are independent, each new one including all of the fixes that were in the previous one as well as the new fixes.  That is, if you missed SP1, then skip it and just go right to SP2.  
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There are actually two SP1's that apply to SBS 2003. One is generic for Windows Server 2003 (KB889101), and the other is specific to SBS (KB885918). You must install the SBS-specific SP1 as it contains updates not included in Windows Server 2003 SP1 or SP2.


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I agree, cowpen's comment is correct.  Mine probably wasn't as clear, since there are SP1's that apply to each element of your server config - SBS2003, Windows 2003, Exchange server, ISA, etc. For each element, you want to install the latest (and only the latest) service pack.
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So the SBS specific SP1 includes all the updates that are in the normal Windows server SP1?
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No - SBS SP1 (KB885918) and Windows Server SP1 (KB889101) are two different updates. But because Windows Server SP2 supersedes Windows Server SP1 you can install that instead. But you definitely still need the SBS specific SP1 (KB885918).

As hypercat mentioned, you'll also want to update the other components with the latest updates (i.e., Exchange, SQL, Sharepoint, etc.).

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I agree, does anybody have any experience as to what order I should install the service packs of Exchange, ISA, SQL etc?

Thanks for all the responses. I'm increasing the question point value to 500 then I'll split it among those of you that were the most helpful. Thanks again.
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There is no required or recommended order; it really doesn't matter.  Since service packs for the various server elements come out a different times, for now just install whatever service pack was the last one released.  Once you get everything up to date, the first thing you want to do is to make sure that you update your server on a regular basis with the latest security patches from the Microsoft Update site.  On an ongoing basis, I recommend that when a new service pack for something is released, you wait at least 1-2 months before installing it.  The reason I say this is that sometimes service packs are not without their own problems.  If some problem with the SP comes up it will appear in the first couple of months as people start to implement it, and then Microsoft will fix and re-release the service pack or at least will publish documentation with the service pack that explains what the potential problems are and how to avoid or fix them.
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