Sun, Nov 28 2004 23:13
The perfect gift for Christmas
Want to give the perfect gift for Christmas? XP sp2 that's what. So what are you missing out on if you don't have SP2?
While Windows 98 will have critical patches released until June of 2006, the fact that you have to lower the security in your network to accomodate them in your network is unacceptable to me. Remember you are only as strong as your weakest link.
For those folks that say “I have apps who's vendors won't support XP sp2”, to that I say, let me know whom those vendors are. Your vendors should not be the ones setting your security policy.
And Jethro? Dude! Get up to SP2 as fast as you can! The people that I'm trying to jump up and down and get on XP sp2 are probably wheezing on Windows 95 and 98. It almost sounds like you are already on XP sp1? If so, what in the WORLD are you waiting for? Granted, I think that XP sp2 without a server to control the features is like driving a fast car in second gear the whole way and I would argue that if you have 6 XP computers... dear... come on up to the pleasure us control freaks can get with group policy and XP sp2s and join us with a Windows 2003 server or better yet a SBS 2003 server to control those 6 machines! Okay so maybe I'm a major control freak, but knowing that I can remotely patch, touch and control all my workstations just makes my day.
The only pain I had in upgrading to SP2 was two workstations that had digital video cards from nvidia. That's Nvidia not Windows at fault. All of my other machines had no issues. What's cool now is that I have firewalls on my desktops that I control from my server. I've limited the attack surfaces of both my server and my desktop. Now once I kick my workstations down to user mode ... that's “my” Christmas present to myself...I'll be in an ever better position to protect and defend all over the place.
Jethro... it's not painful. Not when you've made sure your machines are clean of spybot gunk like Charlie said. And once it's done you can rest snug as a bug knowing that your machines have the best protection around.
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