Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
The SP2 update illustrates Microsoft’s commitment to continually creating software products with enhanced security, increased reliability, and simplified administration. Learn more about how to download the SP2 update, which can be applied to all Windows Server 2003 products and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition.http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsserver/sp2.mspx
Windows Vista Hardware Assessment Release
The 'Windows Vista Hardware Assessment' (WVHA) tool is now available on public release, assisting you in accelerating your deployment of Windows Vista. WVHA is a network-wide agentless software tool designed to help you quickly assess your existing PCs' readiness for Windows Vista migration. It provides hardware and device compatibility analysis for Windows Vista and offers detailed reporting with actionable upgrade recommendations for each PC on the network.http://www.microsoft.com/technet/solutionaccelerators/hardwareassessment/wv/default.mspxCatch up with the Latest Architect Insight News
Following the successful Architect Insight Conference, which saw over 200 senior architects gather to debate a range of architectural topics, you can read about the latest news and views on the Insight blog.http://blogs.msdn.com/architectinsight/Is Your Application Platform People-Ready? Complete the Self-Assessment and Find Out
Take the Application Platform Infrastructure Optimisation assessment to measure the effectiveness of your current infrastructure in platform-agnostic terms, and compare your application platform infrastructure against industry best practices and the latest IT research. http://www.microsoft.com/business/peopleready/appplat/ac/apio.mspxMicrosoft MIX07
April 30-May 2, 2007, in Las Vegas, NevadaJoin the conversation about how to harness the latest technologies, unlock new revenue opportunities, reduce development costs, and improve the customer experience. MIX is for cutting-edge Web professionals designing and building next-generation experiences.http://www.microsoft.com/events/mix/default.mspx
Windows Vista TechCenter
Release Notes for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2These release notes address late-breaking issues and information about Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating systems with Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition operating system with SP2.http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b6fcca62-c291-4303-8cb8-cdb255d849f6&DisplayLang=enHow Windows Vista Power Management Features can Help You Reduce your Organisation's Carbon Footprint (PDF 146MB)An independent study carried out by PC Pro Lab has compared energy usage between Windows XP and Windows Vista and clearly showed that the power management features in Windows Vista could help massively reduce the carbon dioxide generated by an organisation, equal to 45 tonnes per year for a business with 200 desktop PCs. In addition, these features could also deliver savings on energy bills of up to £46 per desktop PC per year.Free Subscription to Architecture Journal
Composite Applications is the topic under discussion in the current edition of the Architecture Journal with articles on 'Building Office Business Applications' and a profile of Scott Guthrie from Microsoft Corporation. Register today for your free print or online subscription.http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=6500756New Solution Accelerator Provides Windows Vista Assessment on Your Hardware and Device Compatibilities
The Windows Vista Hardware Assessment solution accelerator has been released. This new Windows Vista deployment tool will help you quickly determine your organisation's Windows Vista readiness network-wide regarding hardware and device compatibilities. Start your migration planning today.http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=6500774Windows Vista Policy-based Quality of Service (QoS)This white paper describes how to prioritize network traffic by configuring Policy-based QoS on Windows Vista. Provides a business-based scenario. Also provides reference for QoS error and event messages.http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=59030735-8fde-47c7-aa96-d4108f779f20&DisplayLang=enWork smarter using the 2007 Microsoft Office system and Windows VistaThese simple, easy-to-use customizable job aids created by Microsoft IT help employees get started with something new, learn more about using a technology or product effectively, select the right product or service, or review best practices.http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=5637db0a-3436-4607-bf01-3a812dd8fdc0&DisplayLang=enConnection Manager Administration Kit – Sample Source Files for Customized HelpThis file includes a sample with source files that can be compiled with HTML Help Workshop. It illustrates how to create a customized Help file that can be used in a connection profile created with the Connection Manager Administration Kit.http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1013e6a3-6010-471c-b22d-818bb6bd77ee&DisplayLang=enInternet Explorer 7 Deployment GuideThis guide helps you to plan and carry out a deployment of Windows Internet Explorer 7 on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. The guide describes the system requirements and deployment methods, as well as the techniques to maintain and support Internet Explorer 7 after deployment.http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e41d8800-d134-4356-a2e7-c01bee790908&DisplayLang=enWindows PowerShell 1.0 Documentation PackDocumentation of Windows PowerShell 1.0, which includes the Windows PowerShell Getting Started Guide, the Windows PowerShell Primer, the Windows PowerShell Language Quick Reference, and Windows PowerShell V1.0 Release Notes.http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b4720b00-9a66-430f-bd56-ec48bfca154f&DisplayLang=enBusiness Desktop Deployment 2007The Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) is best-practice guidance for desktop deployment. BDD is targeted at companies that want to reduce deployment time, effort, and cost by increasing the level of automation. It allows administrators to deploy desktops with Zero Touch and Lite Touch interaction at the target PCs. This solution also helps organizations move to a managed environment with standardized desktop images.http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=13f05be2-fd0e-4620-8ca6-1aad6fc54741&DisplayLang=en
Windows Vista Security GuideThe Windows Vista Security Guide provides guidance and tools to further protect Windows Vista against real-live threats such as malware and information theft. This solution accelerator recommends the Enterprise Client (EC) configuration for organizations of all types. Only in extreme security situations does the guide recommend the Specialized Security – Limited Functionality (SSLF) configuration, which considerably limits client computer functionality. The Solution Accelerator includes recommendations about how to use new and enhanced security technologies in Windows Vista to better defend the client computers in your organization against malware. The guide also provides recommendations and best practices on how to use encryption and access control technologies in Windows Vista to protect corporate data. Application compatibility testing recommendations are included. This Solution Accelerator includes several files, such as the Windows Vista Security Guide.doc, the detailed Appendix A of the Windows Vista Security Guide.doc, the Windows Vista Security Guide Settings.xls, and the GPOAccelerator tool to help you easily implement the guidance. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a3d1bbed-7f35-4e72-bfb5-b84a526c1565&DisplayLang=enConfiguring Active Directory to Back up Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption and Trusted Platform Module Recovery InformationThis document describes how to configure Active Directory® to back up recovery information for Windows® BitLocker™ Drive Encryption (BitLocker) and the Trusted Platform Module (TPM). Recovery information includes the recovery password for each BitLocker-enabled volume, the TPM owner password, and the information required to identify which computers and volumes the recovery information applies to. Optionally, you can also save a package containing the actual keys used to encrypt the data as well as the recovery password required to access those keys.http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3a207915-dfc3-4579-90cd-86ac666f61d4&DisplayLang=en
Microsoft Network Monitor 3Network Monitor 3.0 can co-exist with older versions of Network Monitor. NM3 installs in %program files%\Microsoft Network Monitor 3.0, so there is no conflict.http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=aa8be06d-4a6a-4b69-b861-2043b665cb53&DisplayLang=enDebug Diagnostic Tool v1.1The Debug Diagnostic Tool (DebugDiag) is designed to assist in troubleshooting issues such as hangs, slow performance, memory leaks or fragmentation, and crashes in any Win32 user-mode process. The tool includes additional debugging scripts focused on Internet Information Services (IIS) applications, web data access components, COM+ and related Microsoft technologies.http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=28bd5941-c458-46f1-b24d-f60151d875a3&DisplayLang=enThe WMI Diagnosis Utility -- Version 2.0WMIDiag.vbs is a VBScript script designed to help you ascertain the current state of the WMI service on a computer. The download package includes the utility itself, a ReadMe file that discusses how the tool works (and how to best use it), and sample spreadsheets that provide information about the default WMI configuration on various versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system.http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d7ba3cd6-18d1-4d05-b11e-4c64192ae97d&DisplayLang=enWindows Vista Hardware AssessmentThe Windows Vista Hardware Assessment solution accelerator is an inventory, assessment, and reporting tool that will find and determine if computers on a network are ready to run the Windows Vista operating system.http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=67240b76-3148-4e49-943d-4d9ea7f77730&DisplayLang=enUser Profile Hive Cleanup ServiceThe User Profile Hive Cleanup service helps to ensure user sessions are completely terminated when a user logs off. System processes and applications occasionally maintain connections to registry keys in the user profile after a user logs off. In those cases the user session is prevented from completely ending. This can result in problems when using Roaming User Profiles in a server environment or when using locked profiles as implemented through the Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP.http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1b286e6d-8912-4e18-b570-42470e2f3582&DisplayLang=enWindows Vista Upgrade Advisor 1.0Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor is designed to help Windows XP users identify whether their PCs are ready for an upgrade to Windows Vista, which edition of Windows Vista meets their needs, and which features of Windows Vista will be able to run on their PCs.http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=42b5ac83-c24f-4863-a389-3ffc194924f8&DisplayLang=en
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Downloads
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (32-bit x86)
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 for x64 Editions
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 MUI Pack Update for x64 Editions
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 for Itanium-based Systems
System Preparation tool for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Deployment
System Preparation tool for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Deployment (x64)
Updated System Preparation tool for Windows Server 2003 SP1 and Windows Server 2003 SP2
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 32-bit Support Tools
926027 Descriptions of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Support Tools
Toolkit to Temporarily Block Delivery of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (32-bit x86) - ISO-9660 CD Image File
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 for Itanium-based Systems - ISO-9660 CD Image File – English
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2, x64 Editions - ISO-9660 CD Image File
KB Analyzer Tool for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Deployment
KB Analyzer Tool for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Deployment (x64)
KB Analyzer Tool for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Deployment (Itanium)
The Oobmig.exe tool is available to restore trust to out-of-band updates after you install Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
Hotfix scanning tool for Windows Server 2003 SP2 Deployment (x64)
Hotfix Scan Tool for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Deployment (Itanium)
SMS Template Files for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Deployment
1 May 2007, Leeds: Windows Vista After HoursYou may be familiar with Windows Vista at work - whether you have deployed it, or are evaluating it - but have you ever thought about the possibilities of Vista outside of work? This session, aimed at IT professionals, explores not only the built-in elements of Vista, such as Search, Photo Gallery, Windows Movie Maker and the Networking & Sharing Center, but also how you can extend your Windows Vista Experience, with Windows Media Center, Xbox 360 and specific applications to open up a new world of gaming and home entertainment.01 May 2007, Leeds: An Introduction and Overview of Microsoft Licensing
Licensing can be confusing - but it needn't be. Attend this course to understand Microsoft Licensing and how to best apply it in your company to fit in with your business needs. This session is aimed at IT professionals who wish to gain a better understanding of Microsoft's Software Licensing. The briefing assumes no previous in-depth or technical licensing experience.3 May 2007, Reading: Windows Vista After Hours
You may be familiar with Windows Vista at work - whether you have deployed it, or are evaluating it, but have you ever thought about the possibilities of Vista outside of work? This session, aimed at IT professionals, explores not only the built in elements of Vista, such as Search, Photo Gallery, Windows Movie Maker, and the Networking & Sharing Center, but also how you can extend your Windows Vista Experience, with Windows Media Center, Xbox 360 and specific applications to open up a new world of gaming and home entertainment.22 May 2007, Reading: Windows Powershell for IT Administrators
In this session, we'll introduce you to Windows Powershell: what it is and what you can do with it. We'll take a look at how you can use the shell to perform day-to-day administrative tasks. We'll start with a basic overview of shell concepts, commands, cmdlets and how to construct them, then move on to build more complex scripts, before rounding up with ways to administer windows using some of the reporting facilities available in the shell.29 May 2007, Manchester: Windows Vista System Integrity Technologies
Windows Vista features new system integrity technologies including code integrity, secure start-up, service hardening, mandatory integrity control and Internet Explorer protected mode. In this session, Steve Lamb explains how these technologies work.03 April 2007, Glasgow: Security in Windows Vista
In this session, we will discuss many of the innovative design philosophies and development strategies involved in making Windows Vista the most secure Windows operating system to date. Come along to this half-day session to find out more.12 June 2007, Reading: An Overview of Windows Server codename "Longhorn"
In this session, we will look at the new Windows Server operating system, code named 'Longhorn'. Right now this product is in the beta phase, with many of the final features and components present and functional. We'll look at some of the new core operating system features, and see how they enhance productivity and enhance performance. We'll look at some new security improvements. We will also discuss a new feature called Network Access Protection and explain its uses. Finally we will look at the changes Terminal Services has undergone with some significant changes and improvements over previous versions of Windows.Live Webcasts:Full list can be found at: http://www.microsoft.com/events/default.mspx
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The Single Instance Storage Groveler service stops when the "Enable SIS on this Volume" check box is selected in Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 or in Windows Unified Data Storage Server 2003
A Volume Shadow Copy import operation may generate an error on a Windows Server 2003-based computer: "VSS_E_NO_SNAPSHOTS_IMPORTED"
You may receive a Stop error message on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003: "STOP: 0x00000111"
On a Windows Server 2003-based client computer, the system does not delete a temporary file that is created when an application calls the "CryptQueryObject" function
Error messages after you install the BitLocker Drive Encryption schema updates in a Windows Server 2003 domain
You cannot remove folders in a Windows Server 2003-based DFS environment
You receive an error message when you try to install Terminal Services Client Access License by using automatic activation after you configure Terminal Services on a Windows Server 2003-based computer
Error message when a volume is dismounted on a Windows Server 2003 SP1-based computer: "STOP 0x00000082"
A new physical disk resource does not successfully move to another cluster node on a Windows Server 2003-based server cluster
The Lsass.exe process may stop unexpectedly and the computer restarts in an x64-based version of Windows Server 2003
Problems with Itanium-based Windows Server 2003 operating systems on a Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2 Processor 9000 Series processor based-computer
You cannot view the properties of the Delphi Interbase 7 Server in Windows Vista
Error message when you try to install Windows Vista by using Windows Vista installation media: "Upgrade has been disabled - To upgrade, start the installation from Windows"
Error message when you try to upgrade a computer to Windows Vista: "The installed operating system does not support an upgrade to Windows Vista"
Error message when you try to upgrade a computer to Windows Vista: "The upgrade cannot be started because the content on your installation disk is written in a different language than the language on your computer"
The UUID that you create in Windows XP is only unique on the local computer
Error message when you start Windows XP unattended Setup by using Winnt.exe together with the /2 option: "Setup was unable to copy the following file: <FileName>"
The Remote Desktop Connection 6.0 MUI for Windows XP with Service Pack 2
You cannot install Windows XP successfully after you use Windows Vista or Windows PE 2.0 to create partitions on a hard disk
The computer restarts unexpectedly, or you receive an error message in Windows XP: "Stop: 0x000000D1"
An application is uninstalled after you assign it to a computer by using a GPO in Windows XP
FIX: Windows-based applications that use the TZ environment variable may not work as expected because of changes to DST
Files that are encrypted by using the Encrypting File System (EFS) are not backed up when you use the “Back up files” option in Windows Vista
An Apple iPod may be corrupted when you eject it by using the "Safely Remove Hardware" feature or by using Windows Explorer in Windows Vista
Certain Windows Server 2003 hotfixes have been repackaged to be compatible with Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Updated System Preparation tool for Windows Server 2003 SP2
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 list of updates
Windows Server 2003 may stop responding or may restart when you configure multiple network adapters for an iSCSI Boot operation
An update is available for the Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Multilingual User Interface Pack
The computer stops responding when you use a USB device on a multiprocessor computer that is running Windows Server 2003
Error message on a Windows Server 2003 SP1 or SP2-based computer that is configured to use the Network Address Translation (NAT) functionality: "STOP: 0x000000D1 (parameter1 , 0x00000002, 0x00000000, 0xf27b4e8e)"
Event ID 55 may be logged in the System log when you create many files on an NTFS partition on a Windows Server 2003-based computer
The Recovery Console may not show the existing Windows installation after you run the Winnt32.exe process to set up Windows Server 2003 on a 64-bit Itanium-based computer
FIX: An access violation error occurs on a Windows Server 2003 R2-based computer that has Utilities and SDK for UNIX-based Applications installed
Permissions are incorrectly changed to 777 if the root user uses the chown command or the chgrp command on an item in an NFS share on a Windows Server 2003 R2-based computer
A printer driver upgrade operation may fail in Windows Server 2003
Frequently asked questions about ClusPrep 1.0 for Windows Server 2003-based server clusters
The Distributed File System (DFS) service stops unexpectedly or stops responding in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based cluster environment
The Active Directory Users and Computers MMC snap-in displays "Serbia and Montenegro" as one country instead of as two countries in Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 application compatibility
A third-party backup program may ignore one or more local disk drives during a backup operation on a Windows Server 2003-based computer that is running the Cluster service
No x64-based images appear in the list of images when you connect to a Windows Server 2003-based computer that is running Windows Deployment Services
The DNS name resolution may fail in Windows Server 2003
The AuthzInitializeContextFromSid function fails or the Microsoft Password Change Notification Service cannot synchronize password changes in Windows Server 2003
Clients cannot make connections if you require client certificates on a Web site or if you use IAS in Windows Server 2003
Updates to the Windows Server 2003 Support Tools are included in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
The Helix Server service stops when you try to restart Helix Server on a Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2-based computer
Event ID 257 is s logged in the System event log several times on a Windows Server 2003-based computer
When a program is automatically stopped on a Windows Server 2003-based computer, an access violation occurs
FIX: An error occurs when a C++ program calls static initializer code on a Windows Server 2003 R2-based computer that has Utilities and SDK for UNIX-based Applications installed
A hotfix is available that improves the performance of programs that query Active Directory for group memberships in Windows Server 2003
You experience performance issues when you run applications that use the Oleaut32.dll file or the Asycfilt.dll file on an Itanium-based version of Windows Server 2003
Error message when a domain administrator or a local administrator uses the GPResult.exe tool or runs an RSoP query in Windows Serve 2003: “Access denied”
A floating-point calculation error may occur when you put the computer on standby and then resume the computer while the calculation is in progress in Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
Japanese characters are missing from a printed Word document when you use the "Point and Print" functionality on a computer that is running an English version of Windows XP
A Windows XP-based wired client computer will not obtain a valid IP address from a guest VLAN or from an "Authentication failed-VLAN"
An update that enables you to install and use the Time Zone Data Update Tool for Outlook on computers that are running Windows XP with SP1 is available
FIX: You receive an access violation error message when you try to view an ASP page by using Internet Explorer 6 on a Windows XP-based computer
The JScript Date object reports time in standard time instead of in daylight saving time after you apply the updates in Microsoft Knowledge Base articles 928388 and 932590 on a computer that is running Windows XP or Windows Server 2003
The upgrade option is not available when you try to upgrade a computer to Windows Vista, and you receive the following error message: "To upgrade to Windows, the hard disk partition must be formatted as NTFS"
The operating system stops unexpectedly and you receive a Stop error message after you start the Sony VAIO Camera Capture Utility on a Sony VAIO UX Series Micro PC that is running Windows Vista
How to restore a computer to a previous Windows installation after you install Windows Vista
The computer does not recognize the Windows Vista installation disc
The Windows Vista upgrade option is unavailable when you start the computer by using the Windows Vista DVD
You cannot start Windows XP after you install Windows Vista so that the computer can start either in Windows Vista or in Windows XP
An application that uses Microsoft Jet 4.0 may stop unexpectedly when you try to access back-end data in a Microsoft SQL Server-based database that is running on a Windows Server 2003 SP2-based server
System calls that are made to serial devices may fail when you use the SUA UNIX interoperability component on a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2-based computer
The Local Security Authority Service (Lsass.exe) process shows extensive memory usage and then stops responding on Windows Server 2003-based domain controllers that are part of a cluster environment
Memory leak in the Lsass.exe process after you enable the Active Directory Lookup feature on a Windows Server 2003 R2-based computer
Error message when you attach a device that loads the Serscan.sys driver to a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2: "STOP: 0x000000c9 DRIVER_VERIFIER_IOMANAGER_VIOLATION"
Error message when you run a program that uses the QueryDosDeviceA function: “ERROR_MORE_DATA”
The battery power drains more quickly than you expect from a Windows XP SP2-based portable computer or from a Windows Server 2003 SP1-based portable computer
You can no longer put the computer in standby or in hibernation after you disable a wireless network adapter's WakeUp feature in Windows Server 2003
Users in a trusted external Kerberos realm cannot access resources from a Windows Server 2003-based forest to another forest by using a forest trust and a Kerberos trust
You receive a Stop error message on a Windows Server 2003 SP1-based computer when a device is suddenly disconnected from a host bus adapter
How DNS dynamic updates work together with the DNS "aging and scavenging" process in Windows 2000 and in Windows Server 2003
How to remove registry information about devices that will never be used again on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003
Error message when you try to remove Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM) SP1 in Windows Server 2003 to restore ADAM to its original version: "Active Directory Application Mode cannot be removed"
Error received when you deploy a security template together with an unattended installation of Windows Server 2003 R2: "-2147467259"
A user dump file may contain incorrect values for some generic registers on an Itanium-based computer that is running Windows Server 2003
You receive an error message after a Windows XP-based computer runs an automatic update, and you may be unable to run any programs after you close the "svchost.exe - Application Error" error message dialog box
Error message when you attach a device that loads the Serscan.sys driver to a computer that is running Windows XP SP2: "DRIVER_VERIFIER_IOMANAGER_VIOLATION (c9)"
Single-tap events or single-click events are incorrectly reported to an application as double-tap events or as double-click events on a Windows XP Tablet PC Edition-based computer
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