Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Windows SharePoint Services with Service Pack 1

It's here! It's here! It's finally, finally here.

After being released and then pulled for more work, Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0 with Service Pack 1 has become available for download.

This version of WSS 3.0 is the only one able to be installed on Server 2008 Rc1 and higher. And can also be installed, of course, of server 2003 service pack 1 or higher.

Here's the standalone service pack for existing WSS 3.0 installs:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=4191A531-A2E9-45E4-B71E-5B0B17108BD2&displaylang=en#filelist (remember to choose the right architecture).

More on what actually happens when it is installed when I get it installed...

Edited to add: The page describing what SP1 does is up:


...And it is very interesting, particularly note all the things fixed that weren't even mentioned in any other KB article or addressed with any previous hotfix.

Another thing that seems interesting is that there are only three changes, three programmatic improvements that I can see so far:

(note newly published content for Dec. 3, 2007)

which specifically points out that there are three new STSADM commands:

  • mergecontentdbs-- let's you (finally) specify what content database a site collection will be in among content databases attached to a web application.
  • renamesite-- let's you rename ONLY Host Headered site collections. However, at least you can now rename them programmatically, because we know you were holding your breath for that one, weren't you? You cannot rename path addressed site collections, only host headered ones, and you can't change a host headered site collection URL to a path or vice versa....
  • tzmove-- An interesting command that I will have to work with but here's the scoop; do you remember last spring when the new daylight savings time change occurred, post Bush's changes? Remember that there were all kinds of problems with timer jobs, time stamps, and versions? Well, tzmove is supposed to allow you to "update data that is affected by a change in the start and/or end of daylight saving time (DST)." Basically it lets you specify the date values for all things that occur in the future to reflect the change in the daylight savings time, without having to manually edit the Timezone.xml file (which is what we had to edit manually last spring). See KB939809 for more about it (and tzmove too).

That last command makes me think that DST is never actually going to work right-- and what worries me is that it doesn't really address the problems we had with one time timer jobs, like backup or restore sessions.

As of now I have successfully installed the standalone service pack 1 onto a working WSS 3.0 installation on server 2008 RC0. Worked fine. However, I could not install the slipstreamed, WSS 3.0 with SP1 onto a fresh 2008 RC1 server. It failed at the end with a "failed to register windows sharepoint services" error...

...I'll be applying the service pack to an existing 2003 installation as soon as possible.

More to follow...

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