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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administration Cookbook by Peter Serzo

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Patching (compatibility boundaries)

SharePoint 2010 brings a new story when it comes to applying updates. Typically when applying a service patch, there are two components that get updated: the web front end (WFE) and the database(s). When applying patches with WSS 3.0/MOSS 2007, an administrator had to start the process on one WFE, get it to a certain point, then start the patching on another server, and when the process got to a certain point, finish the patching process.

With SharePoint 2010, there is a new concept known as Compatibility Boundaries as it applies to patching. This will allow your WFEs to be at a different patch level than your database(s). The administrator can upgrade multiple SharePoint servers at the same time. The configuration ...

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