Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate Available


The Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate is now available. Here's a link to the WIndows Server System page for the release candidate:

Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate

On this page you'll find information for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Release Candidate (RC). This version of the software is intended only for installation in a test environment. We advise against installing and evaluating beta software on any production computers.

And this is a link to the page in the download center:

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate (32-bit)

Install Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Release Candidate (RC) to help secure your server and to better defend against hackers. Windows Server 2003 SP1 RC enhances security infrastructure by providing new security tools such as Security Configuration Wizard, which helps secure your server for role-based operations, improves defense-in-depth with Data Execution Protection, and provides a safe and secure first-boot scenario with Post-setup Security Update Wizard. Windows Server 2003 SP1 RC assists IT professionals in securing their server infrastructure and provides enhanced manageability and control for Windows Server 2003 users.

Comments (2)
  1. Norman Diamond says:

    Any news on whether it includes the security patch ".NET Framework 1.1 SP1"? The standalone patch still fails to install, trying to dereference a null pointer during its own installation. Any number of attempts can be made, and they queue up automatic reports to Microsoft. They delay sending those reports though, finally offering to send them AFTER THE NEXT REBOOT OF WINDOWS SERVER 2003. I wonder if the OS’s SP1 RC1 includes the same patch. (I also wonder whether the SP1 RC1 install itself or will it also try to dereference a null pointer during installation, but I guess I’ll find that out on the weekend.)

  2. I don’t know how to detect if it includes .NET Framework 1.1 SP1, but it does diagnose itself as failing two other security issues.

    Nonetheless it does seem better than the unpatched Windows Server 2003, which in turn was better than Windows Server 2003 with the previous beta of W2003 SP1. By the way RC1 detected that the previous beta’s uninstaller left behind garbage that interfered with RC1, a known problem for which the second suggested solution worked.

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