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Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 SP1 has shipped. Here’s the bottom line:
The Windows Server team has information on SP1 here:
Technical information on the service pack can be found here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff817622(WS.10).aspx
Feel free to use the comments as an informal place for questions/feedback if you like. I will have some follow up information on the service pack a little later.
Jeff Hughes Senior Support Escalation Engineer Microsoft Enterprise Platforms Support
Thanks for the heads-up!
If you could name your top 3 (or 4 or 5 or ... :) features, bug-fixes, etc in Win7 SP1, what would they be?
Perhaps one reason that organizations delay their deployment of a new Windows version until the first service pack is that the imaging build and deployment process cannot be finalized until the first service pack is available. Stuff has to be (partly) redone and documentation updated. It's just easier (and probably safer) to wait for SP1.
Consider this slightly random idea - release each Windows RTM build along with a service pack. By this I don't mean an integrated service pack as was the case with Server 2008, where the RTM build was actually SP1. I mean that the Sources folder contains a non-upgrading service pack. Call this Service Pack 0 and define as:
SP0 = Windows_Resource_Protection_components
We then have a SP0_x86.exe and SP0_x64.exe that can be installed online, just like a 'real' service pack, except that this is a null upgrade (although it might help in troubleshooting scenarios).
Companies can now go ahead and completely design, test and document their imaging and deployment procedures, possibly *before* the RTM build is released, rather than waiting for a service pack.