Customers deploying Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications software, Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2, and Office Communications Server 2007 will encounter a service pack update for Windows Server operating system and Microsoft SQL Server database software used in the deployment. But you might be asking, "Are service pack updates supported in my deployment?"

Author: Tom Laciano

Publication date: February 2011

Product version: Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2, Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007

Customers deploying Lync Server 2010, Office Communications Server 2007 R2, and Office Communications Server 2007 will encounter a service pack update for Windows Server and Microsoft SQL Server database software used in the deployment. But will this be supported in your deployment?

The answer is yes. We will support any service pack beyond what we documented as the minimum required for support.  

Office Communications Server 2007 R2 shipped with the following documented Operating Systems and Database Software as supported:

Lync Server 2010 shipped with the following documented Operating Systems and Database Software as supported:

Supported Operating Systems

  • 64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008 Standard, or 64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard x64 Edition with Service Pack 2 (SP2), or Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise x64 Edition with SP2
  • Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 Edition with SP2, or Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition with SP2

Supported Operating Systems

  • The Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard operating system
  • The Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise operating system
  • The Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter operating system
  • The Windows Server 2008 Standard operating system with Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • The Windows Server 2008 Enterprise operating system with SP2
  • The Windows Server 2008 Datacenter operating system with SP2

Supported Back-End Server Databases

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (32-bit or 64-bit edition)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 with SP2 (32-bit or 64-bit edition)

 

Supported Back-End Server Databases

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) Enterprise Edition database software or SQL Server 2008 with SP1 Standard Edition (64-bit edition)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 with Service Pack 3 (SP3) Enterprise Edition or SQL Server 2005 with SP3 Standard Edition (64-bit edition)

Since that time, Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2008 and Service Pack 3 and Service Pack 4 for SQL Server 2005 were released. Each of these service packs is supported for Communications Server 2007 R2. Future service packs will also be supported.

IMPORTANT   However, don't confuse a service pack release with an R2 release.  R2 releases are not considered service packs, as they include fixes and significant feature enhancements.  An R2 release is a new version release, which requires formal testing.

An example was the testing needed prior to announcing support for Windows Server 2008 R2, as discussed on the NextHop Blog at http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2010/11/06/supportability-for-office-communications-server-2007-r2-and-windows-server-2008-r2.aspx.

Summary

When faced with a Windows Server or SQL Server update, you can confidently apply the update, knowing that it is supported.

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