Microsoft revealed more details today about Windows Server 2003's next Service Pack, currently under an ongoing beta-test.
"I know SP1 to Windows Server 2003 made some pretty big changes to the way we do security and it introduced a cycle of application testing and some compatibility issues?.this was, however, a necessary evil needed to address server security," said program manager Ward Ralston using the team blog.
Essentially, Service Pack 2 is, as planned, a pack of fixes since the last release (R2), but also includes some changes that would likely ease transition between it and Windows Vista, or its Server counterpart, still codenamed "Longhorn". The change log also includes updates to Remote Installation Services, now known as Windows Deployment Services, Microsoft Management Console 3.0, and an improved firewall.
For the first time in ages, the msconfig tool will be updated. "An additional tab which provides a single launching point for common support tools that will ease the discoverability of common diagnostic functionality.", Ralston says.
On another note, Service Pack 2 will update all version of the OS, along with Windows XP x64 Edition.