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Guys this is the first time im installing a sp2010 CU. I would like to know what i need to do before applying this update to our servers. Specifically what do i need to backup before i apply and any other steps.

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Microsoft recommends you backup and document the entire environment: Technet

I'm guessing you were after a more "personal experience" kind of information but I thought I'd put the link here in case you hadn't read it.

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