Microsoft Offers to Block Windows Server 2003 SP1
As it did with Windows XP Service Pack 2, Microsoft is making available to enterprise users a blocking tool that will temporarily halt SP1 downloads.Microsoft made available on Tuesday a "Blocker tool kit" that will allow companies to temporarily disable automatic downloads of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1. The toolkit, which will function almost identically to the Windows XP SP2 (Service Pack 2) blocking tool that Microsoft offered to customers last year, is available as a free download from the Microsoft.com Web site. Microsoft made Windows Server 2003 SP1 available for download via the Web in late March. SP1, primarily a collection of security-oriented fixes and updates, also is slated to be available to customers via Automatic Update and Windows Update starting in July.
Since the company released SP1 to the Web, Microsoft officials said there have been about two million downloads of the service pack, which also serves as the foundation for the new 64-bit Windows Server 2003 releases that Microsoft rolled out this spring.