Microsoft Consolidates SQL Server Tools

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-03-06 Print this article Print

Move aims to make it easier to download tools to protect databases from the Slammer Worm.

Microsoft Corp. has consolidated the database security tools that shield SQL Server 2000 and MSDE 2000 installations from the Slammer worm. SQL Server 2000 SQL Scan, SQL Check and SQL Critical Update are now available in a single download, the SQL Critical Update Kit, which can be downloaded from the Microsoft Web site.

The kit includes two other utilities: the SMS (Systems Management Server) deployment tool, which can be used to create a package in SMS to deploy SQL Server Critical Update, and the Servpriv.exe utility. The latter is required to set appropriate user rights on corresponding service registry keys when running SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 2.

Database administrators can also use the kit to update SQL Server Evaluation editions, which do not support SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3. MSDE (Microsoft Desktop Engine) is based on SQL Server and ships with several Microsoft products, including Office XP.

Microsoft, of Redmond, Wash., has also developed a wizard to help home and small-business users step through the process of checking and updating computers. This move was in response to the large number of users who, due to the onerous nature of patch installation, hadnt installed patches before Slammer struck in late January. The wizard can be downloaded here. The wizard is also included in the SQL Critical Update Kit.

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Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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