Microsoft has released a blocking tool to allow corporate users to prevent the automatic download of the first service pack for Windows Server 2003.
Microsoft provided a similar blocking tool when Windows XP SP2 was released, so users could plan any upgrade to XP SP2. Users could then continue to get updates and patches from the firm’s automatic update service without SP2.
Most companies, though, use Microsoft’s System Management Server, Windows Server Update Services or other patch management tools to control downloads and their distribution.
But the problems faced by some corporate users when XP SP2 surfaced has encouraged Microsoft to distribute the server blocking tool before its web distribution at the end of next month.
The new Windows Server 2003 SP1 blocking tool works with a registry key, script or policy setting in Active Directory to prevent any automatic download.
It allows users to use Microsoft’s automatic update services without any unplanned installation of service packs on their systems.