Quick note to let you all know that today we released a GPP update hotfix. We do plan to have this released to Windows Update also and the Download Center though for now you can get it from Microsoft Product Support.

A quick note too - when you go to download the update it will say that theres a package for Vista and another one for Windows Server 2003. The Windows Server 2003 package is also for Windows XP - we are trying to get that fixed ASAP.

Heres some details on what it fixes:

Issues in Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2)

  • The Windows Event Log service crashes when the regional options preferences are set to English (United Kingdom).
  • If you create or update a virtual private network (VPN) connection by using a Group Policy object, the connection does not bind to IP Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or IP Version 6 (TCP/IPv6).
  • A Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) query that is used by item level targeting uses an incorrect base distinguish name.
  • Group Policy Service (GPSVC) stops responding during the GPSVC shutdown process if third-party printer drivers are installed by Group Policy Preferences.
  • The %GPTPATH% variable is not resolved correctly when Group Policy Preferences are processed.
 

Issues in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003

  • Thread handle leaks occur in Group Policy Preferences.
  • The %GPTPATH% variable is not resolved correctly.
  • The Power Scheme Group Policy Preferences client-side extension, together with the replacement action, increases the registry size.
  • You cannot set the Shortcuts preference extension.
  • When you use Group Policy Preferences on a Terminal Server, it takes longer than usual to log on to the terminal server.

This package resolves the following issues that were formerly resolved in Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) article 943729:

  • Client-side extensions are removed when a service pack is installed.
  • The Remove option is not available in the Add or Remove Programs window when a package is uninstalled and reinstalled.
  • Invalid support URLs are shown in the Add or Remove Programs window.
  • Incorrect titles are shown in the Installed Updates window.
  • Vista packages cannot install on Windows Vista SP2 or on later versions of Windows Vista service pack.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/974266

Enjoy!

Michael Kleef, Program Manager