Announcing Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Project 2007 and Microsoft Project Server 2007

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Announcing Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Project 2007 and Microsoft Project Server 2007

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(updated on 5/14, SP2 webcast recording and deck are here)

We are happy to announce that Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Office Project  2007 and Office Project Server 2007 has been released to the Microsoft Download Center.  It includes all the fixes prior to SP2 (including the February 2009 Cumulative Update), and also several enhancements to Project Standard and Professional, Project Server, SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.

Before you install this service pack there are some very important things to understand.  In this mail I'll try to provide you with the resources you need to be successful in your updates.  It is essential that you understand the appropriate links, and thoroughly read the guidance and test out the patch in a separate environment prior to a production rollout.

I also encourage everyone to attend the Project 2007 Service Pack 2 Overview webcast scheduled for April 29 at 8 am Pacific Time, and April 30 at 5 pm Pacific Time (webcast details are posted on EPMConnect). Adrian Jenkins and myself  will cover the following topics during the webcast: SP2 Overview, April Cumulative Update Overview, Deployment Best Practices, Next Steps, Questions and Answers.

Service Pack 2 (SP2) Description

Description of Office Project 2007 Service Pack 2 and Office Project Language Pack 2007 Service Pack 2 953326 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953326
Description of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Service Pack 2 and of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Language Pack Service Pack 2 953338 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953338
Description of the 2007 Microsoft Office servers Service Pack 2 and the 2007 Microsoft Office servers Language Pack Service Pack 2 953334 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953334

Service Pack 2 (SP2) Download Center Page

Office Project 2007 (x86) http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=B7DF323E-73B8-4344-826A-A01E6F920B1B
Office Project Language Pack

 

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=B7DF323E-73B8-4344-826A-A01E6F920B1B
WSS (both x86 and x64)

 

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=79BADA82-C13F-44C1-BDC1-D0447337051B&displaylang=en

 

WSS Language Pack (x86)

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=085E5AC8-58F6-4CF9-8012-33B95EE36C0F&displaylang=en

 

WSS Language Pack (x64) http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=2C2B6CAF-B46D-45EB-AC4D-DEAAA48C3A2C&displaylang=en
Office Servers (x86 and x64) (contains Project Server SP2) http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=B7816D90-5FC6-4347-89B0-A80DEB27A082&displaylang=en
Office Servers Language Pack (x86) http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=01C6A3E8-E110-4956-903A-AD16284BF223&displaylang=en
Office Servers Language Pack (x64) http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=66C5026F-9F47-4642-8378-2526918009FA&displaylang=en

Service Pack 2 (SP2) Deployment Resources

Deploy Service Pack 2 for Office Project Server 2007 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd637740.aspx
Deploy Project Server 2007 updates http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd630752.aspx
Deploy software updates for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc288269.aspx
Deploy software updates for Office SharePoint Server 2007 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263467.aspx
Create an installation source that includes software updates (Windows SharePoint Services 3.0) http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc287882.aspx
Create an installation source that includes software updates (Office SharePoint Server 2007) http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc261890.aspx

Service Pack 2 (SP2) Related Technical Resources

Issues Fixed by Service Pack 2 (SP2) in the 2007 Office Desktop Applications (Excel 2007 format) http://download.microsoft.com/download/C/2/C/C2C36159-600C-4EEA-B80A-F988EE7A418F/2007%20Office%20Service%20Pack%202%20Changes.xlsx
Customers can also go to this KB article for a full list of downloads for Office System 2007 SP2. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968170
Service Pack 2 for SharePoint Products and Technologies (whitepaper) http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=148374
Issues Fixed by Service Pack 2 (SP2) in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (Excel 2007 format) http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/A/3/7A3E2E01-5454-4427-95CB-28CE84523B0A/Windows%20SharePoint%20Services%203.0%20Service%20Pack%202%20Changes.xlsx
Issues Fixed by Service Pack 2 (SP2) in the 2007 Office Server Products

 

http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/1/F/41F3A698-55E8-40B4-A306-AD6CF1F95394/2007%20Office%20Servers%20Service%20Pack%202%20Changes.xlsx
Updates Resource Center for SharePoint Products and Technologies http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/sharepointserver/bb735839.aspx
Project Service Pack 2 High Level Benefits Project Standard and Project Professional
  • The scheduling engine, Active Cache, and Gantt charts all have improvements.
  • There is additional reliability with earlier versions of the .mpp format.
Project Server
  • Better memory management in the queue service.
  • Performance to certain database table indexes is improved.
  • Resource plans, build team, cost resources, and the server scheduling engine have improved.

Once your farm has been properly updated the new SP2 product version will be: 12.0.0.6422.1000 (database) and 12.0.0.6425.1000 (dll).

Getting Ready for Project Server 2010

As part of the SP2 release we announced the following requirements for the next release of SharePoint and Project Server: Windows Server 2008 and 64 bit. We will be publishing guidance on how to upgrade your existing Project Server 2007 farm to Windows Server 2008 64 bit in the coming weeks on TechNet. Expect full system requirements for Project Server 2010 at a latter date.

Please note we will release a Service Pack 2 for Project Portfolio Server 2007 within the next two months, I will send an email once it has been released.

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