Tomorrow June 12th we will release the Windows Server 2003 SP2 through the Automatic updates and Windows Server Update Services.

We changed the way SP2 will be installed/delivered through our systems. You will now have more control on the installation behavior of Windows Server 2003 SP2 because the Update EULA acceptance screen and the SP2 Welcome screen will now be shown as part of the Windows Server SP2 install over WU Site and Automatic Updates. WSUS admins will also be required to explicitly accept the SP2 EULA in order to enable automatic deployment.

 

Windows Server 2003 SP2 experience:

  • Windows Update (WU) Site: Install will now require specific UI: EULA accept and SP2 Welcome screen accept
  • Automatic Updates (AU): SP2 will require users to click on the balloon notification “Updates are ready to install” (which will show every day) unless SP2 is blocked with the blocker tool, or explicitly hidden by the user.  Once they click the balloon notification, starting the install will then require the explicit EULA and SP2 Welcome screen.
  • Windows Server Update Services (WSUS): WSUS Admins will be required to explicitly accept the Windows Server 2003 SP2 EULA in order to enable automatic deployment.  It will not flow thru automatically.  Once the WSUS admin approves, there is no further end-user machine interaction or UI required.

Visit the SP2 TechNet pages for more information