Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Service/Feature Packs Released for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

Woo Hoo. This morning Michael Kleef, Senior Technical Product Manager with the Windows Server and Cloud division announced the RTM (release to manufacturing)of Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) AND Windows 7 SP1.

Says Kleef:

"Two new features in Windows Server SP1, Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX, enable sophisticated desktop virtualization capabilities. These features build on the comprehensive virtualization functionality already included in the Windows Server operating system."

And, of course, service packs roll up all the little patches that have been accumulating for the last year. In addition to being generally good, SP's reduce installation time on new machines and increase security out of the box.

Next week (February 16) both will be available to current customers of the Windows Volume Licensing program, as well as subscribers to Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) and TechNet. On February 22, both will be available to all customers through Windows Update.

One of Microsoft's annoying habits used to be releasing new features with Service Packs. That went away. Well now it's back!

It's great to have new features, but it decreases my faith that the Service Pack is going to be stable because a service pack should be a stable collection of patches, not a way to deliver new features. You never really know that a new feature is stable until it's been deployed on millions of production machines. Grrr.

Two new features in Windows Server SP1 are Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX, both of which enable sophisticated desktop virtualization capabilities. See

Anyway . . .

I'm happy to have the Service Packs. I'll just be deploying very carefully since they are also Feature Packs.


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1 comment:

  1. I agree with you Karl. I dislike new features in service packs. It makes the whole roll out process take longer because you can't trust how clients computers will act.
    Refresh my memory... Isn't this how we ended up with a NT4 SP6a?


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