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Windows Server 2003 Service Pack Information
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) is released. The SP2 update can be applied to all Windows Server 2003 products and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition.
Before installing this service pack please read the Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Technical Library covering:-
- What’s new in Windows 2003 Service Pack 2
- Windows 2003 SP2 installation and deployment guide
- Installing and deploying updates for Microsoft Windows server 2003
- Readme for Windows 2003 SP2
- SP2 Release notes
SP2 on the Download Center
Download this version of SP2 if you need to deploy it to multiple servers over a network.
SP2 Standalone ISO-9660 CD Image File on the Download Center
Download this version of SP2 if you want to create your own CD.
· Windows Server 2003 SP2 Home Page http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsserver/sp2.mspx .
· List of Updates in Windows Server 2003 SP2 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/914962 .
· Some scenarios to review Knowledge Base Article 932600 .
· System Preparation tool for W2K3 SP2 Deployment (SysPrep) http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=93f20bb1-97aa-4356-8b43-9584b7e72556&DisplayLang=en .
· System Preparation tool for W2K3 SP2 Deployment (SysPrep x64) http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c2684c95-6864-4091-bc9a-52aec5491af7&DisplayLang=en .
· Descriptions of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Support Tools http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;926027 .
· The KB Analyzer Tool (Oobmig.exe) is available to restore trust to out-of-band updates after you install Windows Server 2003 SP2 http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=931941 .
· Hotfix Scan Tool for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Deployment http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931940/.
Known issues with
Below is a compiled list of other know issues that may or may not appear on the Release Notes page mentioned above.
The original release notes for SP2 indicated that “If you installed Internet Explorer 7 after installing
The release notes have been corrected and now read as follows:
You do not need to uninstall Internet Explorer 7 prior to installing Windows Server 2003 SP2.
If you have previously installed Internet Explorer 7 on a computer running Windows Server 2003 with SP1 and are now installing Windows Server 2003 SP2 using Microsoft Update, the downloadable SP2 update from the Microsoft Download Center, or the SP2 update CD, your computer will retain Internet Explorer 7 as expected.
If you have previously installed Internet Explorer 7 on a computer running Windows Server 2003 with SP1 and are now installing the integrated version of
Custom hotfixes that were created in the last few months and recently installed may need to be removed and updated:
Recommended Action: Please review the list of hotfixes in the KB article above. If any have been installed within the NASDAQ environment, they will have to be uninstalled and updated per the instructions in the KB article.
In case someone encounter any network related issues
Note this issue will arise only if you uninstall SP2 for some reason
No hotfix. Configuration change is needed
If you know that your Windows Server is missing some security updates but you notice that WU/MU or WSUS is not showing you those updates as long as SP2 is selected, this is expected behavior. That is because these security updates are superseded by Win2k3 SP2. So, MU/WU will show SP2 as being necessary and not the superseded updates. The only way to get MU to show the superseded updates is to hide Win2k3 SP2.
Microsoft has released a tool that can be used to scan Windows Server 2003 machines to determine if they have had any post-SP1 hot fixes installed that could cause regression errors. This tool is detailed in KB 931940 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931940) and the tool is available at : http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=EFF8438F-8CC9-43EB-85C7-14DFCC099EE8&displaylang=en. Below are some other details:
For Windows Server 2003 SP2, there are 26 specific hotfixes that must be reinstalled either before or after you install the service pack. To install Windows Server 2003 SP2, the recommended procedure is to first install the reissued hotfixes. Then, install Windows Server 2003 SP2 at a time that is convenient for you. The hotfixes will automatically migrate to the SP2 version of the hotfix.
If Windows Server 2003 SP2 is installed without replacing these hotfixes, the installation will complete successfully. However, the behavior fix that is previously provided by the hotfix will not be present after SP2 installation.
This issue does not affect any Windows Server 2003 hotfixes that are available publicly, either from the Microsoft Download Center or from the Windows Update Web site. This includes Windows Server 2003 security updates. This issue is limited to these 26 hotfixes that were made available only from Microsoft Customer Support to specific customers. Microsoft typically informs these customers when we deliver these hotfixes.
For more information, please review the following KB article:
Certain Windows Server 2003 hotfixes have been repackaged to be compatible with Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
You can use this tool (HotfixScanTool.vbs) to scan for hot fixes that may regress when you install Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2). You can also use this tool to determine regressed hotfixes after you install Windows Server 2003 SP2.
The Hotfix Scan Tool is a Visual Basic script file. After you install the tool, the HotfixScanTool.vbs file is located in the %windir%\System32 folder.
The Hotfix Scan Tool behaves differently depending on whether you run this tool in a pre- or post- SP2 installation:
· Pre-SP2 Install:
o Displays list of hot fixes that may regress
o Blocks installation of SP2
· Post-SP2 Install:
o Displays list of regressed hot fixes
The Hotfix Scan Tool writes its output to a text file called ComputerName_log.txt in the folder where the tool is running.
There are several command-line switches that can be used to further assist you:
· /d Unblock the installation of Windows Server 2003 SP2.
· /v Log more detailed information in the output text file.
· /q Run in quiet mode. In quiet mode, the tool logs information only. No output is displayed.
· /help Display the syntax of this tool.
· /? Same as /help.
· /h Same as /help.