|This task explains how to install a service pack from an archive file, as an alternative to the traditional methods involving installing the service pack from the CD-ROM or using the StartSPKB command.|
|An archive file is a file in compressed format
on Windows built by a command provided. The compressed file contains
installation files containing differences with respect to an earlier
installed level of the same release of the same software configuration. A
level can be either a GA or a service pack.
For example, you can build an archive file containing the differences between level V5Rn GA and V5Rn SP2 (even if you installed V5Rn SP1 in between).
Building and Installing the Archive
|You first need to install several software
levels (belonging to the same release) on the source computer. In our
example illustrated below, we installed levels V5Rn GA, V5Rn SP1 and V5Rn
SP2, and committed the service packs. On the target computers, only the
V5Rn GA level is installed.
You use the
The installation files from the archive file then overwrite the installation files on the target computer.
|The advantages of this type of installation
|Note that installing a service pack from an archive file always commits the service pack automatically. Make sure that the previously installed service packs on the target computer have been committed before installing the archive. Furthermore, you can only use this method if the configurations/products on both the source and target computers are identical.|
|The traditional methods of service pack
installation and the use of the
|1. Log on as an administrator onto the
You must belong to the Administrators group, or have the privileges assigned to the Administrators group. Otherwise, you will not be able to install the different levels on the source computer.
2. Perform, for example, the following installations:
where "B0n" is the level V5Rn.
4. To build an archive file based on
the differences between the V5Rn GA and V5Rn SP2 levels, for example, run
The full command syntax is:
Note that there are two distinct operating modes:
On Windows, the archive file compression is handled automatically thanks
|The service pack installed your computer, and
used as the basis for comparison with a previous level, must be committed
beforehand. If not, the
|5. Copy the archive file to a target
computer on which you want to install the same service pack level.
Keep in mind that the target computer must be running the same Version 5 configuration/products as the source computer on which the archive file was built.
6. Stop all running Version 5 processes on the target computer before proceeding.
7. Install the archive using the following command, for example on 32-bit Windows XP Pro:
8. Start a session to check the service pack has been correctly installed.