Just to keep you informed about what others are doing, Michel Verhagen at GuruCE has created a utility to download the R3 update once and install many times. Michel has done this before for other installations and saved many of a lot of time. You will notice that the download from Microsoft only downloads a setup file. That setup then downloads several other files, but doesn’t keep them around to use again. That is a problem because it takes time to do the downloads, but also from a configuration management perspective it is just bad.
Thanks Michel.
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