Last Week Before Vista and Win2008 SP1 Support Ends

Last chance folks. Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 1 support ends on July 12. As in, one week from now. This means computers running SP1 won’t get security updates after the next Patch Tuesday.

The bomb represents malware. Or your next review…

For those not running WSUS or SCCM, grab SP2 here:

Not sure which computers are running lean? Check out these inventory techniques you can use to find SP1 computers in the domain using AD PowerShell; all you need is one Win7 computer or Win2008 R2 DC. Only have older DCs? That’s ok, use the AD Management Gateway. Think PowerShell is t3h sux 4 n00b$? That’s ok, Amish IT, use CSVDE.EXE to get a list back from your DCs that you can examine in Excel. Foir example, all the Vista non-SP2 computers:

csvde -f c:\sp.csv -p subtree –d “dc=contoso,dc=com” -r “(&(operatingsystem=windows vista*)(!operatingsystemservicepack=Service Pack 2))” -l operatingsystem,operatingsystemservicepack -u

No complaints that this finds stale computers and doesn’t tell you IP addresses – AD PowerShell does all that and bakes delicious pies.

Windows Server 2008 shipped with SP1 built-in as it were, so there is no way for it to have no service pack at all. Whatever you do, it’s closing time for SP1. You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here.

Ned “I recently upgraded to Windows 2000 – it’s pretty slick!” Pyle