Building a brand new SharePoint 2010 Environment? Want to decrease some of the time for making sure your environment is up to date with regards to versioning? Slipstream your build.
In the following section I am going to detail how I build my slipstreams… there are other posts out there that will be similar and may even include shortcuts such as posting the bits directly to the update folder but I like to be a little more hands on and in reality it does not take a lot of effort.
Download the SharePoint 2010 RTM Bits (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/ee388573)
I shorten the name of the downloaded file before I begin to something like SP10.exe and SFSSP1 this will make it a bit easier on the typing.
Download the SP1 Bits.
Although technically not necessary I will still download and incorporate both the SharePoint and the SFS SP1 Bits into my slipstream.
Same as with the RTM bits… I will shorten the names of these files to help with typing. SFSP1.exe and OFFSP1.exe
Download the CU's
Lets get busy
So this was the hardest part of the operation. What I do next is create four folders and extract the bits for each into them.
SP1 – Folder names OFFSP1 SFSSP1
Command I run: sp1.exe /extract:c:\OFFSP1 (where sp1.exe is the renamed executable and OFFSP1 is the folder I created and am extracting to.
I will do this for the Cumulative Updates as well.
Once this is complete the SharePoint 2010 Installation folder has a folder called updates. I am simply going to copy and paste the contents of each of the folders I extracted directly into Updates.
This concludes the Slipstream procedure. Once complete you can go forth and install. Your environment will be up to date and you wont have to go through the process of individually installing patches and then remembering if you hit every server in the process… It happens (unfortunately very often)
Additional reference information can be found here at my buddy Spence's site http://www.harbar.net/archive/2011/06/30/327.aspx