New naming schema for Microsoft Systems Management Server software update packages

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Microsoft has adopted a standardized naming schema for all software updates for System Management Server that Microsoft creates and distributes. The new naming schema goes into effect in June 2003 for all update packages.

Note A System Management Server software update is an executable (.exe) file that contains one or more system files that you can apply to System Management Server to correct a specific problem. Microsoft Product Support Services (PSS) distributes software updates to customers whose computers are severely affected by a specific problem. Critical and recommended updates are software updates that Microsoft recommends for all customers.

To obtain critical or recommended updates, you can visit the Windows Update site, the Microsoft Download Center or other Microsoft Web sites. Microsoft has adopted this new naming schema for software update packages for the following reasons:
  • It creates consistency across Microsoft software update packages.
  • It makes it easier to search for software update packages and Knowledge Base articles.
  • It clearly identifies the language of a software update package and the intended operating system, where applicable.
This article contains additional information about the new standardized naming schema for System Management Server software update packages.
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New Schema for Naming System Management Server Software Update Packages

Microsoft uses the following schema to name System Management Server software update packages:
For example:
The following list provides information about each attribute in the new naming schema.


This attribute specifies the product name, including the product version. For System Management Server software updates, this attribute has one of the following values:
  • Microsoft System Management Server 2.0 = SMS2.0-SPx
  • Microsoft System Management Server SUS Feature Pack 1.0 = SMSSUSFP1.0
  • Microsoft System Management Server Admin Feature Pack 1.0 = SMSAdminFP1.0
  • Microsoft System Management Server Installer = SMSInstaller
  • Microsoft System Management Server SUS Feature Pack 2.0 = SMSSUSFP2.0
  • Microsoft Network Monitor 2.0 = Netmon2.0
  • Microsoft System Management Server 2003 = SMS2003-SPx
  • Microsoft System Management Server Device Management Feature Pack 2.0 = SMSDevMngFP2.0
  • Microsoft System Management Server Image Deployment Feature Pack 2.0 = SMSIMGDPLYFP2.0
  • Microsoft System Management Server Admin Feature Pack 2.0 = SMSAdminFP2.0


This attributeindicates that the Microsoft Knowledge Base includes an article that is associated with the software update.


This attribute specifies the ID number of the Microsoft Knowledge Base article that is associated with the software update.


This optional attribute differentiates software update packages that address the same issue but are designed for different processor platforms. These options include x86 (for 32-bit processors), AMD64 (for x86-64bit AMD processors), and IA-64 (for 64-bit Intel Processors).


This attribute contains the standard language name abbreviation that represents the language for the software update package. For example, this attribute may read ENU (for English), RUS (for Russian), or JPN (for Japanese).

Note The abbreviation INTL is used in cases where the software update package applies to multiple languages. In cases where the update package applies to all languages, no standard language name abbreviation is used.


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