SharePoint 2007: Updating WSSv3 Beta 2 to the Beta 2 Technical Refresh

The process for updating WSSv3 with the TR is pretty similar to that of MOSS 2007.  The process is described below and can also be downloaded here.

Update: You can find the direct links to all TR Downloads on the Microsoft SharePoint Team weblog.

Step 1: Confirm Appropriate Version of Windows SharePoint Services

Confirm the version of Windows SharePoint Services is the appropriate number ( This can be checked under the Site Settings panel of the Central Administration site or under the site settings of any standard site.

1. Log into the SharePoint Central Administration

2. From the Site Actions menu, select Site Settings

The version number is listed just below the mobile url.

Step 2: Stop the Search Service

The search service should be disabled on all servers within the server farm prior to installing the TR update. To disable the search service:

  1. Log into the SharePoint Central Administration
  2. Select the Operations tab
  3. From the Topology and Services section, select Services on Server

  1. From the list of running services, select the Stop action for Windows SharePoint Services Search

  1. Click OK on the popup window to continue.

Step 3: Uninstall Windows Workflow Foundation Build 2.2

  1. Click Start, Settings, Control Panel, and select Add or Remove Programs
  2. From the list of installed programs, select Windows Workflow Foundation and click the Remove button

  1. Select the Yes button from the pop-up window to confirm the removal request.

Step 4: Install the .NET Framework 3.0

Download and install the .NET Framework 3.0 from the following location:

  1. Accept the End User License Agreement and click the Install button

  1. The installation process will commence and a message window will appear in bottom right of the screen. During this time, any required components for the installation will be downloaded. This process will take several minutes to complete. To view progress, select the balloon window.

  1. A message will appear once the setup has been completed successfully.

Step 5: Run the WSS Beta 2 Technical Refresh Update

  1. Run the WSS Beta 2 TR file.
  2. Accept the End User License Agreement and click the Continue button

  1. You will receive a warning that several key services will be stopped which will affect the availability of the service to others. Click the Yes button to continue.

  1. The files will then be extracted and installation of the update will continue. This operation will take several minutes to complete. A message window will appear advising that installation of the Beta 2 Technical Refresh for Windows SharePoint Services is complete.

  1. The SharePoint Configuration Wizard will be automatically started upon clicking the OK button from previous step. If you have installed language packs or are running Windows SharePoint Services in a standalone installation, cancel the wizard and complete Steps 7 and/or 8. Also if there are multiple servers within the environment, ensure that the updates are applied to each server.

Step 6: (Optional) Install Language Packs

If you are running any language packs on your server farm, you should now install the WSS language pack updates. This will require stopping the automatic running of the SharePoint Configuration Wizard. This operation can be restarted manually after the required components have been run.

Step 7: (Optional) Remove Registry Entries on Standalone Server

  1. If you are updating a standalone server, you will need to make some changes to the registry settings on the server. To do this select Start, Run and enter “regedit” and click the OK button.

  1. Browse to and delete the following registry nodes:

· HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftShared ToolsWeb Server Extensions12.0WSSServicesMicrosoft.SharePoint.Search.Administration.SPSearchService

Step 8: (Automatic) Run the SharePoint Configuration Wizard

1. Unless you had to complete steps 7 or 8, the SharePoint configuration wizard will run automatically after the completion of Step 6. To run the configuration wizard manually, select Start, then Programs, Administrative Tools and SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard.

2. When the wizard begins, click the Next button.

3. A window will appear advising of the services that will be reset during the configuration process. Click the Yes button to continue.

4. You will receive a reminder warning to ensure that the update has been applied to all servers in the server farm.

5. This process will update all deployed sites to the Beta 2 Technical Refresh. You may be notified that the search service is not running. This is expected and will be restarted manually in an upcoming step. When the configuration wizard ends, you will receive a notification that the process has completed successfully.

Step 9: Restart the Search Service

Enabling the WSS Search Service

  1. Log into the SharePoint Central Administration
  2. Select the Operations tab
  3. From the Topology and Services section, select Services on Server

  1. From the list of running services, select the Start action for Windows SharePoint Services Search

  1. You will be required to create a new database server for search. Specify a new name for the search database and click the Start button.

  1. After the new search database has been created, you will be returned to the services page.

49 comments on “SharePoint 2007: Updating WSSv3 Beta 2 to the Beta 2 Technical Refresh

  1. Hikmer says:

    Yea, they don’t detail that last part in their docuemntation. Kind of had to figure out how to re-enable seaching. Deleting the old database works too.

  2. scott says:

    Great write up, Thanks. Do you know of any documentation that illustrates what has changed? Also, have you seen anything that details an ADFS integration with WSS 3.0? Thanks Again…

  3. Robin says:

    btw if you are having problems with installing .NET 3.0 (in my case, the program could not download from the internet). You can download the whole package from :

    Great walkthrough though :)

  4. nxliu says:

    Amanda Murphy,
    your post is very helpful, while i have problem when updating to TR.

    under my Services configuration screen in CA, there are services like:
    Office SharePoint Server Search
    Windows SharePoint Services Help Search

    but no “Windows SharePoint Services Search” service to stop, i am not sure whether i missed something when installing MOSS2007 beta2, i stopped the “Office SharePoint Server Search” as a replacement to “step 2.4-2.5″ and the result is malfunction when updated to beta2TR, the CA home page failed to render the web part which display the log entry, and i can create a site, but cannot navigate to the site. any idea? thanks

  5. nxliu says:

    BTW, i install the english MOSS2007 on simplified chinese version of Windows Server 2003( since there is no language pack for simplified chinese), will this environment affect my upgrading?

    now I installed beta2TR by slipstream method, i can see the following services in CA:
    Office SharePoint Server Search
    Windows SharePoint Services Search

    unfotunately i can not start any one of these two search services, when i fill out all setting and click start, the following error showed:
    An unhandled exception occurred in the user interface.Exception Information: OSearch (administrator) Troubleshoot issues with Windows SharePoint Services.

    in the log i found this entry is suspectable:
    Registry key value {SearchThrottled} was not found under registry hive {SoftwareMicrosoftOffice Server12.0}. Assuming search sku is not throttled.

  6. nxliu says:

    frustrated, :(

    i found the following entry in eventlog:
    The SQL Server collation on SQL Server instance ‘kongjian’ is not supported. Windows SharePoint Services requires a Latin1 General dictionary order, case insensitive, accent sensitive, kana sensitive, and width sensitive collation (Latin1_General_CI_AS_KS_WS).

    maybe the collation of my sqlserver(simplified chinese version) is the culprit

  7. Anthony says:

    I have just installed SharePoint Server 2007 as a clean install. I am getting the same error in the log as nxliu: “Registry key value {SearchThrottled} was not found under registry hive {SoftwareMicrosoftOffice Server12.0}. Assuming search sku is not throttled.”

    Can anyone shed some light on this?

  8. Victor says:

    I am using wss 3.0. I have created a custom application to search from wss site. but when i am searching from wss site it is working fine. But if I am searching from custom application it does not showing any message.

    I have started the search service and and provided the search server name to the content database. I have written the following code to search:
    FulltextSQLQuery qRequest = new FulltextSQLQuery(new SPSite(“http://myside/Test”);
    qRquest.Querytext = SELECT rank, title, path, author from Scope() WHERE CONTAINS(title,’Test’)
    ResultTableCollection resultTables = qRequest.Execute();
    ResultTable relevantResults = resultTables[ResultType.RelevantResults];
    DataTable resultsDataTable = new DataTable();

    No value is appearing in resultTables.
    Can any one help

  9. Premachandu says:

    I am really facing a sevior problem with MOSS search after migrating the site from WSS 2.0 to MOSS 2007.

    when i use the search center i am getting the fallowing error

    An unexpected error has occurred.

    Web Parts Maintenance Page: If you have permission, you can use this page to temporarily close Web Parts or remove personal settings. For more information, contact your site administrator.

    My all search services and the SPTimer service are running.

    I saw the log files and found this fallowing error message
    Registry key value {SearchThrottled} was not found under registry hive {SoftwareMicrosoftOffice Server12.0}. Assuming search sku is not throttled.

  10. Premachandu Vutla says:

    Soory Friends,

    It was not a problem with search. I did not configure the Default SSP in a proper way. So i got the above problem.

    Thanks & Regards,

  11. velmurugan says:


    How to find out “Who is logon to Sharepoint Server 2007.please help me.


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