BizTalk Server 2006 R2 SP1 – Have you tried it?
As you may know, SP1 for BizTalk 2006 R2 was released about a week ago. Reading the BizTalk Server Team blog, it sounds quite impressive – like an update I would surely want on my servers. However, in troubleshooting with Microsoft a problem I have with performance on one of our servers, the gentleman I worked with recommended I not install it – at least not yet. That puzzled me a bit. He indicated that he had one customer who installed it, and after having a problem, was having trouble reversing (uninstalling) the service pack.
So I thought it’d be interesting to get your opinion on SP1. Have you installed it? Did you have any trouble? Did you notice any of the benefits described by the product team? Let me know how well your experience went.
[Update as of 8-Feb-2010]:
One of the Microsoft Escalation Engineers read my post and wanted me to feel certain that there aren’t any issues with the installation of SP1 for BizTalk 2006 R2. Apparently the only “issue”, if you can call it that, is that the DB schema changes with SP1, so if a rollback was required, it is more complicated because the database needs to be restored to a time point pre-Sp1. I guess I should add that the uninstallation is not supported by Microsoft either. I’d certainly read through the SP1 Installation Guide though before starting the upgrade process. There’s a lot to check before installing.
Because SP1 sounds like it has a lot of improvements I’m going to have SP1 installed on our servers soon – I’ll post an update once that happens (it will take a few weeks to get this into production).