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What is the recommended order for installing a service pack for ArcGIS Server, ArcIMS, ArcSDE and ArcGIS Desktop?
This article only pertains to the installation order.
Read the instructions provided for the service pack for each product in the Patches and Downloads link in the Related Information section below, before installing the service packs. If ArcGIS Server is installed with other ArcGIS products on the same machine, then its service pack must be installed first.
If ArcSDE is installed with other ArcGIS products, besides ArcGIS Server, then it is recommended to install the ArcSDE Service Pack first.
For all other ArcGIS products, the service packs must be installed congruently. For example, if ArcIMS is installed with Service Pack 2, then also install Service Pack 2 for ArcGIS Desktop.
If ArcGIS 9.x products are installed or distributed across different machines, then it is recommended to install the service pack on the client's machine first. For example, an ArcIMS server connects to an ArcSDE server, so the service pack should be installed for ArcIMS first, and then for ArcSDE.