Sunday, April 3, 2005

Windows 2003 SP1 - Checking it out

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I've been assigned the task of checking how SP1 will affect our software.

SP1 is a major update for Windows 2003, which is supposed to enhance security to a much higher level than before (where Windows 2003 is already quite a jump ahead).

So, after some researching on Microsoft, I wrote small document, on where I think the issues will be, and I'm off to installing the service pack and seeing if anything else has gone amiss. This is a process that I already did with the introduction of Windows 2003, up until then we were runing on Win2000 machines, back then a lot of changes were made to the application to support the new defaults, and in fact I believe application security was enhanced because of these changes. forgive me for not providing details. We had some major changes in the code, actually quite small changes but a application wide change that required a lot of time to accomplish. We actually figured out before even installing the Application were the issues will be, and I have to give high praise to Miscorosft for doing such an excellent job of documenting the new features and changes. Of course it didn't go as smoothly as we hoped, it never does - but at least we knew what we needed to do.

This time around I hope there won't be any changes to our code, as far as I can see, some changes will need to be done to documentation of the product installation and maintaining, so that administartors will not have a hard time of doing the job.

Right now I'm downloading the SP from windows update, our connection is not the fastest, so it will take some time to download the 350 MB package. I hope it doesn't destroy my machine :-)

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