Mon, Jul 12 2004 18:30
XP sp2 - release in August - WUS - not released this year
Get ready folks, XP sp2 is coming soon. Mary Jo Foley and the rest of the press indicates that XP sp2 will be coming out in August. Remember for the SBS 2003 platform, there is currently in place a group policy that shuts off the internal firewall capabilities of the firewall, however this will be adjusted with a SBS group policy tweak to enable it once the xp sp2 has been released.
I've got XP sp2 RC2 on three machines in the office and all are working very nicely.
But this doesn't look to good for us SBSers - per the news report below, the nearly all in one patch platform called Windows Update Service or MUS or WUS or whatever, has been pushed back until next year. Ouch. We need this. We need an all in one patch tool and right now we rely on the kindness of the folks at Shavlik.com to patch everything on our servers including ISA Server. Even the MBSA tool does not identify the patches needed for our ISA server. There is no Microsoft tool to scan the patches needed for ISA server that I know of. And there should be.
Sorry but this just doesn't cut it anymore in my book. CNN's Money indicated that the analysts are happy with what is going on with Microsoft, citing Steve Ballmer's cost cutting memo as one example, but they called Microsoft the 500 pound elephant.
Well I think the 500 elephant need to strap on Roller Skates. We need that patching tool and we need ISA server to be able to be patch scanned.
MICROSOFT further delays patching product, service
InfoWorld - San Mateo,CA,USA
... a result of the additional delays, "Microsoft Update," the planned
successor to the current Windows Update service, and Windows Update Services
(WUS), formerly ...
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