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Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Build 1218 now available

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  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Build 1218 now available

    A new build of Windows Server 2003 SP1 has been released to beta testers this evening. It seems springboard is now becoming a part of Server 2003 finally. There is a major update to the Security Configuration Wizard (SCW) in this release. Among the improvements:

    A completely new firewall configuration component.

    SCW is the recommended way of configuring the Windows Firewall on Windows Server Systems.

    Automatic port detection for non-default configurations, multiple instance scenarios, and 3rd Party Applications

    Additional Server Role definitions.

    SCW now contains definitions for over 60 different server roles. Including roles for applications like Exchange, SQL Server, etc.

    Compliance analysis support.

    Allows you to determine whether servers are in compliance with expected policies.

    Complete command line tool support.

    Supports deploying and analyzing security policies remotely en-masse.

    New support for:

    IIS-specific settings

    Audit policy settings

    Additional registry values

    Group Policy-based deployment of SCW-generated security policies

    Inclusion of security INF templates.

    Centralized knowledge base repository

    Clustered environments

    Multi-level rollback

    A new PSDK and DDK will be made available in the next few days and there is no code coverage build for 1218.

    Source - Neowin;category=main

    Daniel Petri
    Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services