So, the IT
professional version of Windows XP SP2 is finally out (see the page
here). Microsoft says this version is for installing to
multiple computers and that if you only have one PC to update
you should wait for it to hit the Windows Update site (around
August 25th according to the rumors) since there will be a more
compact version available then.
Note that the network version of the download is over
270MBs. That’s right, over
with our VeryFatPipe at work it took a little over three
minutes to download this file. Those with slower connections
should really think about waiting until it’s available through
the Windows Update. You Have Been Warned.
Installing SP2 took almost 20 minutes on my Dell 2.6GHz
Pentium 4. At about the 15 minute mark things look like nothing
much is happening but eventually it completed. Once you reboot
and Windows comes up you _MUST_ choose either to enable the
firewall now or enable it later (choose one of the radio
buttons “Help protect my PC…” or “Not right now.”).
Once Windows finished booting I noticed the Novell Netware
login script failed to execute. Thus, none of my Novell network
resources (shared drives and email via Lotus Notes) were
available. Major Bother. I could live without the shared drives
but I cannot get by without our internal email.
So I went to Microsoft to search in the Knowledge Base for
anything but was not successful. From there I went over to the
Novell site and searched. Eureka! I found a new Netware Client
4.9SP2. This is a 20MB download but was not a problem for our
network. After installing and rebooting all is well. It would
be nice if MS would acknowledge that Netware has a problem with
SP2 (assuming here it hasn’t).
In any case, I’ve also found that the MS firewall has failed
to enable. Perhaps it’s because I already have ZoneAlarm
installed and running but I don’t know for sure. All I know is
I’ve tried enabling the MS firewall three times and each time I
get no error message but I also don’t see it enabled. I guess
I’ll have to check into this further but since I already have a
firewall installed this is not a high priority.