Microsoft released a new Service Pack 1 for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 in late 2011. When you install Windows Small Business Server 2011 you will find that this server pack is do not ship with the CD. It will be part of the Windows Updates and will install sooner than later on your new server.

SharePoint Foundation 2010 needs a two-step patching process. After the updates are installed you will need to complete PSCONFIG to update the SharePoint database. SBS2011 might also request or remind you to run the PSCONFIG command to update the SharePoint database and you will receive this message.

SBS2011 PSConfig Message

NOTE: If you don’t complete the PSCONFIG, you might experience unexpected SharePoint Search failures and all backups may stop working on the affected server.

This error might be visible in the Application Event Log:

PSCONFIG Eventlog Error

To update the SharePoint database you need to manually run the following command:

–    Open a command prompt (with Administrative rights)

–    Go to the following directory

     C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\BIN

–    Type the following command at the command prompt and press enter

     PSConfig.exe –cmd upgrade –inplace b2b –force –cmd applicationcontent –install –cmd installfeatures

During the upgrade of the SharePoint database, the Company website will be unavailable. The PSCONFIG command will take at least 5 minutes to complete but can take up to 15 minutes depending on your database size.

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