Contents tagged with Windows 2000

  • Support changes coming July 2010 for Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003

    Posted by sumeethevans on September 18 2009, 6:36 PM. Posted in Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003.

    My name is Crissy House and I am the Windows Server Operations Manager here at Microsoft. I handle a lot of our customer and partner questions and wanted to provide an update on upcoming support lifecycle changes for Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 and help clarify some misperceptions of a Service Pack 3 for Windows Server 2003. Windows 2000 Server Extended Support for Windows 2000 Server will end on July 13, 2010.

    At this time, Windows 2000 Server will no longer be publicly supported. You will be able to continue using "Self-Help Online Support"* Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2 Also on July 13, 2010, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2 (at a supported service pack level) will move from the Mainstream Support phase to the Extended Support phase. During the Extended Support phase: Microsoft will continue to provide security updates and paid support (Example: Premier and Essential support, per-incident telephone/web support, etc.) Customers will continue to have access to all security updates and Self-Help Online Support options (Example: Knowledge Base articles, online product information etc.) Non-security hotfixes developed during the Extended Support phase will be provided ONLY to customers who enroll in Extended Hotfix Support (EHS).

    Please note: If you'd like to enroll in EHS, customers must already have a Premier Support contract. In addition, customers must enroll in EHS within the first 90 days of the Extended Support phase. Program and per fix fees may also apply. Customers with Software Assurance can enroll in EHS at any time. Service Pack 3 for Windows Server 2003 We have received inquiries from our customers and partners on whether or not there will be a need for a Service Pack 3 for Windows Server 2003.

    Microsoft will not have a SP3 release for Windows Server 2003. To Summarize... Self-Help Online Support* will be available for Windows 2000 Server after Extended Support before it ends on July 13, 2010. Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2 will begin an extended support phase on July 13, 2010 There will be no Service Pack 3 for Windows Server 2003 *Self-Help Online Support is available throughout a product's lifecycle and for a minimum of 12 months after the product reaches the end of its support. Microsoft online Knowledge Base articles, FAQs, troubleshooting tools, and other resources, are provided to help customers resolve common issues.

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  • Emergency Patch.. The effect on installations?

    Posted by MBrant on October 24 2008, 1:55 AM. Posted in Windows (general), Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Security, Windows x64, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center, Windows Vista, Seven, Windows "7".

    Microsoft has been quick to act on informing IT pros and the general public on the security issue in nearly every NT-based Windows version out in the wild however more details are still lacking.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>

    The bug concerns the Server service found in all NT-based Windows OS responsible for communication between computers in a Windows based Network allowing for remote execution of code.

    Bink first reported the issue along with a link to the rather small KB article. Since then Microsoft updated the article (several times?) to provide more information to the public. Questions are raised after seeing this additional information.

    <o:p></o:p>Why are Windows 2000 / XP / 2003 rated "Critical" and why are Vista and 2008 rated "Important"?<o:p></o:p>Why is there information available on what could happen on Windows 2000 / XP / 2003 systems but not on what could happen to Vista and 2008 systems?<o:p></o:p>Why are Windows Server 2008 Core installations effected?<o:p></o:p>Who found this critical flaw? (Internal or external reporting)<o:p></o:p>How come Windows 7 is effected? (This also confirms the bug is in the deep roots of the NT Server service and no major overhaul is taking place in concerning these types of services in Windows 7, not that a overhaul was expected.)<o:p></o:p>The updated are available to all users via Windows Update right now. All systems using the default autoupdate settings should get the patch tonight. For enterprise deployment, please refer to the deployment guide.<o:p></o:p>

    Hopefully when the systems are patched, we could get a glimpse on how this bug works and how it could be there has been a flaw in a modern and secure system for over 8 years now. More information will be posted as it comes available.

  • Cool: Microsoft Active Directory Topology Diagrammer

    Posted by bink on October 2 2007, 8:03 PM. Posted in Exchange, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003.

    With the Active Directory Topology Diagrammer tool, you can read your Active Directory structure through Microsoft ActiveX® Data Objects (ADO). The Active Directory Topology Diagrammer tool automates Microft Office Visio to draw a diagram of the Active Directory Domain topology, your Active Directory Site topology, your OU structure or your current Exchange 200X Server Organization. With the Active Directory Topology Diagrammer tool, you can also draw partial Information from your Active Directory, like only one Domain or one site. The objects are linked together, and arranged in a reasonable layout that you can later interactively work withthe objects in Microsoft Office Visio.
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  • Microsoft re-releases Security Update for Windows 2000 (KB924191)

    Posted by bink on October 19 2006, 11:37 PM. Posted in Windows 2000.

    A security issue has been identified in the way Microsoft XML Core Services (MSXML) is handled that could allow an attacker to compromise a Windows-based system and gain control over it. You can help protect your computer by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer. At Source
  • Windows 2000 patch for Security patch

    Posted by bink on September 20 2006, 12:45 PM. Posted in Windows 2000.

    Install this update to prevent an issue in which, after you install security update 920958 (MS06-049) on a computer that is using NTFS file system compression, compressed files that are larger than 4 kilobytes may be corrupted when you create or update the files. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.Download At Source
  • Microsoft User Profile Hive Cleanup Service 1.6d released

    Posted by bink on November 2 2005, 6:52 PM. Posted in Windows 2000.

    On Windows 2000 the service deals with application event log event 1000 from source Userenv where the message indicates that the profile is not unloading and the error is "Access is denied". On Windows XP and Windows 2003 the equivalent events are 1517 and 1524 from source Userenv.To accomplish this the service monitors for logged off users that still have hives loaded. When that happens the service determines which applications have handles opened to the hives and releases them. It logs the application name and what registry keys where left open. After this the system finishes unloading the profile.Download At Source<!-- For more information see 837115: How to diagnose and fix user profile unloading problems -->
  • UNOFFICIAL Windows 2000 Service Pack 5

    Posted by bink on October 26 2005, 8:11 PM. Posted in Windows 2000.

    Like me at the time, many others were disappointed that Microsoft canceld the release of Windows 2000 Service Pack 5. So was a member of he collected over 400 hotfixes and not just combined them, it looks and feels like a real SP. You can even integrate (slipstream) it, I heard.Screenshot: Windows 2000 Unofficial SP5 SR1  Download: Windows 2000 Unofficial SP5 SR1 | Hotstream Forum
  • Exploit Already Out For New Microsoft DTC Windows 2000 Bug!!

    Posted by bink on October 13 2005, 1:44 PM. Posted in Windows 2000.

    Running Windows 2000? Test and deploy the latest security patches now, before the worm starts spreading. An exploit was released Wednesday for the most dangerous of the 14 vulnerabilities that Microsoft unveiled Tuesday, making the appearance of a worm virtually a lock, said a security expert.

    The exploit is against the MSDTC vulnerability within Windows, which was patched Tuesday by Microsoft and outlined in its MS05-051 security bulletin. Because the MSDTC component -- which coordinates any sort of transaction on multiple servers -- is enabled by default and remotely exploitable on Windows 2000 systems, experts fear that the bug will result in a repeat of the Zotob attacks of August. Most security analysts named the flaw as the most dangerous of Tuesday's bunch.

    Wednesday, an exploit was made available to customers of Immunity Security's Canvas vulnerability tool, said security giant Symantec in an alert to users of its DeepSight Threat Management System.

    "It's a fully-functional exploit that's shipping to [Canvas] customers," said Alfred Huger, the senior director of engineering for Symantec's security response team.

    Huger believes that a working exploit will soon hit vulnerable systems. "If [Immunity] can write it, others will, too. Expect something in pretty short order."

    The Zotob bot worm appeared just five days after the disclosure of a Plug and Play vulnerability in Windows 2000, and Huger wouldn't be surprised to see the pattern repeat.

    "This vulnerability will be impossible for some [hackers] to resist," Huger said. "The target environment is just too rich." Download free scanner tool!

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  • UPDATED: The New Windows 2000 Rollup does cause a problem (NOT)

    Posted by bink on October 4 2005, 7:02 PM. Posted in Windows 2000.

    Office programs may stop responding when you save a new file to a floppy disk drive on a Windows 2000-based computer that has Update Rollup 1 for Windows 2000 SP4 installed.On a Microsoft Windows 2000-based computer that has Update Rollup 1 for Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4) installed, Microsoft Office programs may stop responding when you save a new file to a floppy disk drive. For example, when you save a new Microsoft Word document to a floppy disk drive, Word may stop responding.UPDATE: appearantly this is fixed in V2 of the rollup, this issue is related the V1 of the rolup. Wonder why MS does not mention that in the KB that is posted after V2 was released. Anyway I was wrong. Thanks Johlos.Download Patch or better Download V2 of the rollup
  • Microsoft Reissues Windows 2000 Update Rollup

    Posted by spy on September 14 2005, 4:49 AM. Posted in Windows 2000.

    Microsoft on Tuesday reissued the Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 Update Rollup to correct a range of embarrassing glitches haunting users of the enterprise-facing operating system.

    The re-release comes less than three months after the software maker first shipped the Update Rollup with more than 50 security patches and system reliability fixes.

    Immediately after the update shipped in June, Windows 2000 SP4 users complained that it broke third-party security applications and caused installation hang-ups.

    According to a knowledge base article published by Microsoft Corp., the Update Rollup 1 for Windows 2000 SP4 v2 provides fixes for four major bugs, including two that returned specific error messages when the first iteration of the update was installed.

    A third bug that caused "serious problems" when users attempted to modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor was also fixed.

    The revised update also corrects a problem in the "Fastfat.sys" that blocked users from saving files from Microsoft Office programs directly to floppy disks. Continue At Source