Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2

Ohh baby, baby.


Source: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsserver/sp2.mspx

Whats new? well these bits are!

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).

Networking and communications

  • This version of Windows Server 2003 SP2 includes an update that enables you to simplify the creation and maintenance of Internet Protocol security (IPsec) policy.
  • Group Policy support for non-broadcasting networks and Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) settings has been added to the Windows wireless client in Windows Server 2003 SP2.
  • The Windows wireless client now supports WPA2, which enables you to take advantage of high levels of standards-based connection and encryption security.

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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