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Do we HAVE to put the Updates in SP\2010\Updates folder?

Topics: General Questions, Support
Sep 24, 2014 at 6:34 PM
I had my slipstreamed binaries under SharePoint, but after installation, I see that I was at RTM instead of being at the level I was hoping (the updates folder under the SharePoint binaries folder did indeed have the updates in there). I copied the updates from there and put them in the sp\2010\updates and reran the autospinstaller, but it didn't seem to see them (probably because SharePoint was already installed?)

I wanted to know if I should have had them in the AutoSP path instead of as a part of the SharePoint binaries structure, so we can update our steps.

Please let me know.

Sep 26, 2014 at 12:22 AM
There's a very specific place where the updates go (for example, extracted updates don't go in SP\201x\Updates - only the single .exe updates do), and also because of many changes MS has made to slipstreaming support in recent months, it's tough to say whether a certain SP / CU will properly slipstream or not. I would recommend avoiding slipstreaming altogether for simplicity, and simply put updates (e.g. office2010-kb2687564-fullfile-x64-glb.exe) inside the \SP\2010\Updates folder (or subfolder). AutoSPInstaller will pick them up from there and apply the updates when it runs, just prior to farm creation/joining.

BTW AutoSPSourceBuilder can help with downloading updates, putting them in the right location etc.