In the past we’ve had the SharePoint 2010 install media, and we’ve had SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 2, but we’ve never had the SharePoint 2010 install media that included Service Pack 2. It was a sad state of affairs. We were all very sad. Songs were written in minor keys about it.
Put those acoustic guitars away, our dreams have been answered. New to the MSDN downloads area is a new SharePoint 2010 installer that includes Service Pack 2. This is a great thing. Now, as soon as Service Pack 2 was available we could slipstream it in to our existing SharePoint 2010 installation using the instruction in my earlier blog post. This was fine and dandy, as long as you weren’t on Windows Server 2012. The slipstreaming really just installs the patch at the end of the installation process, and that’s not soon enough if you’re on Windows Server 2012. With this new ISO off of MSDN you can install SharePoint 2010 directly on Windows Server 2012. I have not tested this with the Windows 2012 R2 Beta that is out, but my gut tells me it will work.
While this is only available on MSDN I would assume it will be available shortly to the public. Once it is, I’ll post the link here.
Let me know if you have any issues using this media. If there are problems, I’ll keep track of them on my SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 2 wiki page.