Windows SharePoint Services Service Pack 2 Released

It's here! It's here! Just wanted to let you know that WSS SP 2 is now available on the Microsoft Download Center. You can find the direct download link here.

The WSS SP 2 release has substantial supportability improvements including:

  • Support for running on 64-bit machines in 32-bit emulation mode 
  • Support for Reverse Proxy and Alternate URL support
  • Support for IP Bound virtual servers
  • Support for off-box SSL termination
  • Support for SQL Server 2005
  • Support for ASP.NET 2.0

Everyong running WSS and SPS are encouraged to update to WSS SP 2.  However, although SPS SP1/RTM will be able to run on top of WSS SP2, Microsoft is restricting support for the "shared" functionality that is added in SP2 for SPS and WSS until SPS SP2 ships. The shared functionality is the support improvements above.

In other words, even though you'll be able to install WSS SP2 on SPS SP1/RTM installs, you still need to wait for SPS SP2 before utilizing any of the newly-supported functionality above.

Some useful KB articles related to this release:

The Windows SharePoint Services Administration Guide will be updated later in the day today. Make sure to download the latest copy so that you have instructions for using the new WSS SP 2 feature functionality.

Windows SharePoint Services SP 2 will also ship in Windows Server R2.  Additional documentation about the new SP 2 features is included in this walkthrough document.

Thanks to Gabe Bratton for this information and Microsoft for this very cool release. Get yours today before they're all gone. Operators are standing by!

Update (14:26 MST): Added links to the KB articles with a description of the Service Pack and what issues it fixes. These are now online for your consumption. Enjoy!

Update (23:18 MST): Microsoft is also (officially) supporting FireFox 1.0.4 (and later) with this SP2 for WSS. Sweet!

Published Tuesday, September 27, 2005 8:23 AM by Bil Simser
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# re: Windows SharePoint Services Service Pack 2 Released

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 10:57 AM by Mark Kruger
You're quick! Thanks for the update! I'll be happy to pass along as well :)

# re: Windows SharePoint Services Service Pack 2 Released

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 4:05 PM by eufreka
Do you mean that WSS sites can use the advanced Exranet features immediately but that SPS sites will have to wait for SPS SP2?

# re: Windows SharePoint Services Service Pack 2 Released

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 8:20 AM by Jerry
Really Fast ...!

thanks for the information. How can i instal WSS on SQL Server 2005. I tried to install it today and it gave me error on network service user things... is there is any guide available for setting WSS up on SQL Server 2005.

Regards
Jerry

# re: Windows SharePoint Services Service Pack 2 Released

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 8:40 AM by Dave Burke
Bill, thanks for the extra tips and install info. That's REALLY helpful.

# re: Windows SharePoint Services Service Pack 2 Released

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 9:30 AM by Cornelius J. van Dyk
As usual, you're fastest on the draw Bil! :)

# re: Windows SharePoint Services Service Pack 2 Released

Monday, October 3, 2005 7:44 PM by Victor
Has anyone figured out whether per-item security was included in WSS SP2?

# re: Windows SharePoint Services Service Pack 2 Released

Monday, October 3, 2005 7:50 PM by Bil Simser
No, it will be included in the next version coming in 2006.

# re: Windows SharePoint Services Service Pack 2 Released

Thursday, October 6, 2005 12:52 PM by Andy Lubel
so i suppose that WSS is now sql2005 ready but we need to wait for the portal service pack2 for full funcionality with SPPS2003?