Let's face it, updating Sharepoint is not an easy task. It is true for both Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server (MOSS) 2007 and Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0. Let's highlight some points:
First, know where you are now. The way to know your version is going to Central Administration | Operations | Servers in Farm. The version will be shown in the page. This version will not tell you all as you have other components besides the server version. Some people, including me, prefer to check the version in the files. To get the version of the files, we use SPSReports.
SPSReports will generate a large amount of captured files. The file version will be available at <SERVERNAME>_WSEVer.TXT. This is an excerpt of such file (showing SP1 files):
c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\web server extensions\12\bin\*.*--a-- W32i DLL ENU 184.108.40.206 shp 1,030,144 02-21-2007 dbghelp.dll--a-- W32i APP - 12.0.4518.1016 shp 23,824 11-08-2006 hcinstal.exe--a-- W32i DLL - 12.0.4518.1014 shp 123,232 10-26-2006 microsoft.office.irm.formprotector.dll--a-- W32i DLL - 12.0.4518.1014 shp 38,736 10-26-2006 microsoft.office.irm.msoprotector.dll--a-- W32i DLL - 12.0.4518.1014 shp 34,640 10-26-2006 microsoft.office.irm.ofcprotector.dll--a-- W32i DLL - 12.0.6211.1000 shp 92,000 08-24-2007 msscntrs.dll--a-- W32i APP - 12.0.6211.1000 shp 282,496 08-24-2007 mssdmn.exe--a-- W32i APP - 12.0.6211.1000 shp 159,648 08-24-2007 mssearch.exe--a-- W32i DLL - 12.0.6211.1000 shp 694,104 08-24-2007 mssph.dll--a-- W32i DLL - 12.0.6211.1000 shp 2,059,104 08-24-2007 mssrch.dll--a-- W32i DLL - 12.0.6212.1000 shp 1,079,200 09-02-2007 offparser.dll--a-- W32i DLL - 12.0.6219.1000 shp 3,012,136 11-15-2007 owssvr.dll--a-- W32i DLL - 12.0.6211.1000 shp 26,496 08-25-2007 oisimg.dll--a-- W32i DLL - 12.0.4518.1016 shp 26,456 11-08-2006 oleparser.dll--a-- W32i DLL - 12.0.6211.1000 shp 357,264 08-25-2007 onetnative.dll--a-- W32i DLL - 12.0.6219.1000 shp 1,983,528 11-16-2007 onetutil.dll--a-- W32i DLL - 12.0.4518.1014 shp 100,144 10-27-2006 osafehtm.dll--a-- W32i APP - 12.0.6211.1000 shp 58,232 08-25-2007 owstimer.exe--a-- W32i DLL - 12.0.4518.1014 shp 400,200 10-26-2006 microsoft.office.policy.dll--a-- W32i DLL - 12.0.4518.1014 shp 52,040 10-26-2006 microsoft.office.workflow.tasks.dll--a-- W32i DLL - 12.0.6211.1000 shp 6,407,584 08-24-2007 microsoft.sharepoint.portal.dll(....)
Depending on the product, there will be files with more significance than others and be aware that not all files will be updated to the latest build. In the excerpt above oleparser.dll is still in version 12.0.4518 (RTM version) while owssrv.dll is in SP1 (12.0.6219).
Checking your version:
Checking what takes to get up-to-date
The new updates make things easier. For example, October CU required at least 4 patches (if you don't have other languages installed) while December CU only requires two patches no matter how many languages you have installed.
Let's take a look at the requirements for having October CU in MOSS (i.e. update path):
If you had installed any of the KBs in the path you don't have to install the KB again. And now we finally will talk about how to use the KB method.
How to identify if the KB is already installed (Knowledge Base method)
Unfortunately the KBs are not visible in Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel. But the information is in the registry. Let's say I want to check if KB958569 is installed or not.
How to download a specific KB hotfix (don't forget the local patches also)
Some hotfixes do not have an immediate public download place. You have to request. Please see the sample below for KB 958567 which is local update (and must be installed for each language you have in your environment).
The KB is located here:
for other KBs, just change the number in the url.
The hotfix can be download here:
Notice that you will be offered only the English version initially. Click on “Show hotfixes for all platforms and languages” and it will show for all languages and architectures (x86 and x64).
Choose all languages and architectures that apply. You will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to download the patch.
Please follow these for all patches.