Windows Server 2003 SP2 is out

Windows Server 2003 SP2 is out

Summary: Microsoft has made available for download service pack (SP) 2 for the 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2003.

TOPICS: Windows

Microsoft made available for download on March 13 service pack (SP) 2 for the 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2003.

The patches and fixes in SP2 are cumulative and will work on Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows Server 2003 SP1 machines. It also will update Windows Storage Server R2; Windows Unified Data Storage Server; Windows Compute Cluster Server; Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2; and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition systems. Here is the 32-bit Windows Server 2003 SP2 update; the 64-bit version is here.

With Windows Server 2003 SP2, "one interesting thing I haven't seen in any previous service pack is the inclusion of a 'Hotfix Scan Tool,' blogged Windows Server Most Valuable Professional Jeff Centimano. "This tool identifies hotfixes that may be rolled back when you install SP2."

Other new SP2 features, according to Microsoft, include:

* Windows Deployment Services, which is a redesigned and updated version of Remote Installation services;

* Scalable Networking Pack, which allows users to tweak performance and scalability by supporting "networking technologies focused on eliminating operating system bottlenecks associated with network packet processing";

* WiFi Protected Access 2 support;

* Improved IPsec filter management;

* "Firewall per port" authentication;

* Microsoft Management Console 3.0 support; and

* Performance improvements when used with Windows virtualization and SQL Server

At this rate, I wonder if SP3 for Windows Server 2003 will beat Windows XP SP3 -- currently scheduled for arrival some time in 2008 -- out of the gate...

Topic: Windows


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • x64 link is to checked version

    Mary Jo, I would change the link to the x64 download. Right now it's pointing to the checked (aka debug) version of the service pack.

    I couldn't find the retail (aka non-checked) version of the x64 service pack. The link from the 32-bit download goes to the x64 Release Candidate, not the final bits.

    Hopefully MS will get the final x64 bits up there soon, but in the meantime I'd remove your link.
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