Installing and Deploying Updates for Microsoft Windows Server 2. About this guide.
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This guide is for system administrators who are installing software updates on Microsoft. В® Windows. В Server. В®В 2. 00. 3. It includes technical information, procedures, and recommendations for installing updates on multiple computers in a small business or corporate environment. Although this guide includes some basic operating system information, it assumes that you have a working knowledge of Windows Server. В 2. 00. 3 and update installations.
All of the examples in this guide use the format for 3. If you want to deploy the standalone version of a service pack or the service pack that is integrated with the operating system, see the Windows Server. В 2. 00. 3 Service Pack. В Installation and Deployment Guide that applies to your service pack.
For example, the guide for Service Pack. В 2 is located at http: //go. Link. ID=6. 47. 80.)What is an update? This guide uses the term "update" to refer to any software update, including an update rollup, service pack, feature pack, critical update, security update, or hotfix that is released by Microsoft Corporation.
For descriptions of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates, see article 8. Microsoft Knowledge Base (http: //go.
Link. Id=4. 32. 58). Although this guide uses update as a broad term, it is important that you know the following differences between hotfixes and service packs. Hotfixes can be un- installed in the order they are installed. Only the last installed service pack can be uninstalled. Hotpatch command- line options are valid only for hotfixes, not for service packs. You can install updates separately from the operating system or in combination with Windows Server. В 2. 00. 3 (with or without a service pack).
When you install an update, backup files are automatically created so you can remove the update later if you want to. The installation process also copies the new files to specific folders and updates registry settings. Important. Updates are applied only to software that is already installed.
For example, if you remove a component and later reinstall it, you must reinstall updates that apply to that component. In addition, if you further add components to your computer that require this update, you must reinstall the update for it to apply to the new component. Windows Server. В 2. Windows. Server. 20.
KB######- XXX- LLL. The symbols###### represent the Microsoft Knowledge Base article that explains the details about the update, XXX represents the version of the operating system (for example, x. LLL represents the language version of the update. Updates are self- installing.
There are two main types of update installations: The standalone update installation. During the standalone update installation, updates are applied to a computer that is already running an operating system. When you run the update program, it installs updated system files and makes the necessary registry changes. The installation is complete after the computer is restarted.
You can install the updates by running the Windows. Server. 20. 03- KB######- XXX- LLL.
Update. exe. Update. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Updates\Server. SP2\KB######. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current. Version\Hotfix\KB######For more information about Update. Windows and Windows components (http: //go.
Link. Id=4. 27. 59). During the installation, information for removing the updates is stored in a hidden folder named %systemroot%\$Nt. Uninstall. KB######$. For information, see Removing updates. Using Qchain. exe. Windows Server. В 2. Qchain. exe functionality built in as part of Update.
This means that you can install the service pack, and then install any number of updates without having to restart the computer between installations. If multiple updates replace the same file, Update. If you install multiple updates, be sure to use the /Z option so the computer does not restart after each update. Command- line options for the update package. To customize your installation, you can use the following command- line options with Windows.
Server. 20. 03- KB######- x. LLL. exe and Update. Note. If your service pack version was released after the updates and you were completing an unattended installation using either the /U (unattended setup) or /Q (quiet setup) option, the installation does not continue and no message appears. В. Command- line option.
EREnables extended codes that return a detailed error message if the update installation fails. For more information, see "The Package Installer (Formerly Called Update. Microsoft Windows Operating Systems and Windows Components" (http: //go. Link. Id=4. 27. 59)./F or/Forceappsclose. Forces other applications to close after you install the update package and before the computer is restarted. You cannot use this option with /integrate, /L, and /Z./Forcerestart. Restarts the computer after the installation is complete, even if a restart is not required to complete the installation.
This option does not force applications to close./Integrate: Path. Integrates this software update into the path you specify. Be sure to provide the absolute path to your operating system source files. This option is the same as the /S option that was used by previous installers./L Lists installed updates./Nor/Nobackup. Does not create backup files during setup. We do not recommend this option because backup files allow you to remove SP2 in the future.
An entry for the update does not appear in Add or Remove Programs if you use this option./Oor /Overwriteoem. Overwrites OEM files without prompting./Q or /Quiet. Uses quiet mode. This mode shows no user interface during the installation of the updates. This is the same as unattended mode, except that the user interface is hidden.
No prompts will appear during the installation process./U or/Passive. Installs the update in unattended mode.
Only critical error prompts and a progress bar will appear during the installation. By default, the program invokes the /Warnrestart option./Z or /Norestart. Does not restart the computer after the installation is complete, even if a restart is required to complete the installation./?
Help. Displays Help. Installing updates on multiple computers. Although there are several methods that you can use to install an update (like using Systems Management Server or Windows Installer), the following procedure outlines how to run Update.
Important. You must install the service pack either in combination with or before you install updates that were released after the service pack. Installing more recently released updates before you install the service pack can leave the system in an unstable state.
To install an update by running Update. Connect to the network or computer on which you want to create the distribution folder.
In the shared distribution folder, create a folder for the update files. For example, to create a distribution folder named Update, type the following (using the appropriate drive letter): mkdir. В Drive: \Update Copy the Windows Server. В 2. 00. 3 Update. Step 2. For example, to copy the Update. Update, type: xcopy. В C: \Windows. Server.
KB######- x. 86- LLL. В Drive: \Update. To install the update from the distribution folder, run the Windows. Server. 20. 03- KB######- x. LLL. exe program. For example, to install the update from the distribution folder named Update, type: Drive: \Update\Windows. Server. 20. 03- KB######- x.
LLL. exe. To ensure that your updates take effect, restart your computer after you finish installing all of the updates. Installing several updates together.
You can group multiple updates together in a batch file and install them as a unit. In this case, you do not need to restart your computer after you install each update. The update installer provides options that you can use when performing this type of installation. The following code is a sample batch file that installs updates and ensures that the correct files are replaced after the computer is restarted. PATHTOFIXES=Drive: \update. PATHTOFIXES%\Windows.
Server. 20. 03- KB######- x. LLL. exe /quiet /norestart.
PATHTOFIXES%\Windows. Server. 20. 03- KB######- x. LLL. exe /quiet /norestart. PATHTOFIXES%\Windows. Server. 20. 03- KB######- x. LLL. exe /quiet /norestart.
To ensure that the updates that you installed take effect, restart the computer if the batch file does not automatically restart it for you. If you want your computer to restart automatically, in the last update that you install, replace the option /Norestart with the option /Forcerestart. The combination installation. The combination installation uses the update installation and integrated installation processes to install a service pack with one or more of the following. Windows Server. В 2. Other updates (such as feature packs, critical updates, or hotfixes).
Additional Microsoft and non- Microsoft software that might be included on a service pack CDFor a combination installation, you can include the components that you want to install as entries in the Svcpack. You can also choose to install the service pack at the same time. This section provides instructions for using unattended setup mode to simultaneously install Windows Server.
В 2. 00. 3 and updates. Installing a service pack and updates with Windows Server.
В 2. 00. 3This section explains how to perform a combination installation from a distribution folder. This option installs a service pack and updates that are integrated with Windows Server. В 2. 00. 3. A combination installation makes it unnecessary for you to perform separate installations of Windows Server. В 2. 00. 3, a service pack, and the updates because it installs all of them together.
Preparing for the combination installation. Before you deploy the installation of Windows Server. В 2. 00. 3 and the updates across a network, you must copy Windows Server.