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Bob Baker

My Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 experience

As most of you know, Microsoft released Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 at the beginning of April. I first installed it on a couple of VMWare Workstation Virtual Machines I have set up running Windows Server 2003. My experience so far has been very good. There has not been a lot of flack or flames raised about it either on any of the list servers or newsgroups that I pay attention to. That's a really good sign -- a lot like NT 4 sp3, only more secure.

The main thing you need to be aware of is that, like Windows XP Service Pack 2, it might turn some of your ports and/or services off by default. But my experience here at MicroApplications, Inc. was pretty vanilla. All I had to do was perform the upgrade during non-peak hours, and check a few services when the server came back up. One side benefit is now you can delete all those Windows Update $NTUninstall directories in your Windows directory. They no longer show up in Add-Remove Programs. That could offset the 600MB plus that the SP1 Uninstall requires.

Note: The current release of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 does NOT apply to Small Business Server 2003. That service pack will be released in the next 60 days.

Bob Baker