Many of you who run or support customers running Small Business Server 2003 have had issues with (and understandable confusion around) installing SP1 that came out for Windows Server 2003. 

I’m happy to report that they’ve improved things now with the new SBS SP1 that is out. 

The big updates:

  1. They’ve changed the Windows Server SP1 website to no longer reference SBS at all, other than a link to the SBS SP1 website.
  2. Though not recommended, it’s now actually okay to install SP1 for Windows Server 2003 onto an SBS 2003 box, as long as you then also install the SBS SP1 version.  The new update completes the SP updates for all the SBS tools, as well as fixes the issues that just the Windows Server 2003 SP1 caused. 

I highly recommend you read the through this FAQ about SBS with SP1.