Service Pack 2 for Windows SharePoint Services 2003 has been released


Service Pack 2 for Windows SharePoint Services 2003 has been released last week on September 27.


You can download the SP2 here .
You can
download the full version of Windows SharePoint Services with SP2 integrated (slipstream) from here .


From my perspective, most interesting features added by this service pack are:
 – Whidbey (.Net Framework 2.0) support: both side-by-side with .Net Framework 1.1 and also support for running against Whidbey
 – Support for 64 bit – WSS with SP2 can run in 32-bit emulation mode on a 64-bit machine


Information for BizTalk 2006 Beta 1 Users
WSS adapter and BAS included with BizTalk Beta 1 require the preview build of WSS SP2 which has been made available through the BizTalk 2006 Beta program. 
The RTM build of WSS SP2 seems to not work with BizTalk 2006 Beta 1 due to compatibility issues (they are compatible with different builds of .Net Framework 2.0). 
BizTalk Beta 1 requires .Net Framework 2.0 Beta 2. WSS SP2 preview build is compatible with Beta 2 build of the .Net Framework where the RTM build of WSS SP2 seems that it’s not or at least I wasn’t able to get it to work.


BizTalk 2006 Beta 2, probably shipping sometime in November 2005, will most likely work with the RTM bits of WSS SP2 and .Net Framework 2.0.


Information for BAS feature users in BizTalk 2004
If you have installed WSS SP2 build on a SharePoint machine with BizTalk 2004 and BAS feature then you probably have to apply a BizTalk 2004 hotfix, otherwise the SharePoint messaging feature in BAS will be partially broken. For more details see KB article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/908359

Comments (5)

  1. P says:

    Have you had any luck with WSS+SP2 on 64-bit Windows or is your joy over 64-bit functionality of SP2 purely theoretical?

    I’ve found it’s impossible to install and configure it – my box has W2003Std 64-bit, .NET 2.0 RTM, SQL 2005 RTM, and installation program complained about needing a newer (!) version of .NET.

    Then the hoops of installing .NET 1.1 on 64-bit Windows (what’s with lack of native 64-bit version?), then again problems with internal server error 500 and no solution or even half of decent piece of documentation from MS on how to solve it.

    I was kind of counting on getting WSS+SP2 on my box in the same easy manner as I got it on my 32-bit Windows 2003 server. If you ask me, MS has dropped the ball on QAing stuff for 64-bit Windows. That p*sses me off a little because there are 2 wasy of spending Saturdays: getting a life and getting MS stuff to work (without guarantee of success).

  2. Adrian Hamza says:

    Let me know privately an email address or something and I can try helping you with this. Yes, I got WSS working on 64 bit machines. There are a few things that you need to know and take care of in order to make it work:

    1 – WSS 2003 with SP2 is required – WSS 2003 RTM and WSS 2003 with SP1 don’t support 64 bit. I don’t think you can install SharePoint without SP2 and then apply SP2. You will need the slipstream version of WSS 2003 with SP2. It seems that you’ve taken care of this one.

    2 – On 64 bit machines, WSS runs in WOW mode, meaning it runs as 32 bit. As a result, you need to configure IIS app pools to run in WOW mode/32 bit. Unfortunately, all IIS app pools will run either in 32 bit mode or 64 bit mode but not both. In order to make IIS app pools run in 32 bit mode follow KB article 895976 http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;895976

    Hopefully, this will help!

  3. Adrian Hamza says:

    It seems that the installation steps for SharePoint Portal on a 64 bit machine are described here http://support.microsoft.com/Default.aspx?id=905854

    I didn’t try them, but I would think that the Windows SharePoint Services installation instructions for 64 bit should be a subset of these steps

  4. Adrian Hamza says:

    Ok, here are the steps:

    1 – Update IIS to run in 32 bit mode. See KB article 895976 http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;895976

    2 – Install, 32 bit version of ASP.NET by running this command from command prompt window while in the 32 bit .Net Framework folder C:WINDOWSMicrosoft.NETFrameworkv2.0.50727 folder

    aspnet_regiis -i -enable

    3 – Install the slipstream version of WSS 2002 with SP2 (kit of WSS 2003 containing SP2 instead of kit of WSS 2003 and then separately apply SP2). If you don’t install the slipstream version of WSS 2003 with SP2, then I think you need to first install .Net Framework 1.1 as described by step 2 in http://support.microsoft.com/Default.aspx?id=905854.