Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2

Today Microsoft released Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2).

SP2 contains the latest collection of updates to help improve the security, reliability, and performance of the following operating systems:
•Windows Server 2003 All Editions (32-bit x86)
•Windows Server 2003 Itanium-based Editions
•Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions
•Windows Server 2003 R2 Editions
•Windows Server 2003 Storage Server R2 Edition
•Windows Server 2003 Compute Cluster Edition
•Windows Server 2003 for Small Business Servers R2 Edition
•Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

What's New :

  • Clustering
    A new event log event has been created to address certain situations in which the Cluster service account becomes excessively restricted by domain policy.
  • Data access components
    XmlLite is new with Windows Server 2003 SP2. XmlLite is a fast, low-level, native XML parser with a small memory footprint.
  • Distributed systems
    New options have been added to the Dcdiag.exe Domain Name System (DNS) tests.
  • File systems
    Icacls.exe is an upgrade of the Cacls.exe tool in Windows Server 2003 SP2, and can be used to reset the access control lists (ACLs) on files from Recovery Console, and to back up ACLs. Also, unlike Cacls.exe, Icacles.exe correctly propagates the creation of inherited ACLs and changes to them.
  • Microsoft Message Queuing
    The default storage limit for message queuing has been changed to 1 gigabyte (GB). If you choose to have a storage limit of more than 1 GB, you can change the storage limit setting in Microsoft Management Console (MMC) on the General tab of Message Queuing Properties.
  • Networking and communications
    IPsec
    Wi-Fi Protected Access 2
  • Windows Deployment Services
    Starting with this version of Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Remote Installation Services is replaced by Windows Deployment Services.

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