Microsoft will deliver a second service pack for Windows Server 2003 before the end of the year, but it won´t be anything like last year´s SP1, the company said last week.
Microsoft said the compatibility issues of Windows Server 2003 SP1 were a necessary byproduct of the security improvements that operating system brought. With those changes out of the way, SP2, now in the first round of beta testing, should be less disruptive while introducing a “few limited-scope features.”
The compatibility problems of Windows Server 2003 SP1 were not unlike those Microsoft experienced six months earlier with Windows XP SP2, which paved the way for many of the security enhancements that were later introduced in Windows Server 2003, including a new Security Configuration Wizard, support for hardware-based Data Execution Protection, and a Post-setup Security Update Wizard. While these security enhancements were credited with significantly boosting the security of the operating systems, the trade-off was a certain degree of incompatibility, including problems running older programs and terminal emulation products, and also with third-party security tools that often need to make substantial modifications top the operating system in order to work. Microsoft´s own CRM system also didn´t run under Windows XP SP2.Read Full Story