New Service Pack Enables Increased Security and Simplified Administration
REDMOND, Wash. -- March 30, 2005 --
Microsoft Corp. today released to manufacturing Microsoft Windows
Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1). This unique service pack provides
customers with significant security enhancements as well as reliability
and performance improvements. Building on a comprehensive collection of
security updates, Service Pack 1 addresses additional core security
issues by providing customers with a reduced attack surface, better
protected system services with stronger default settings, and reduced
"With Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, our development team took
the time to treat the root cause of many security issues, not just the
symptoms. This service pack is very significant and should help address
certain classes of exploits," said Bob Muglia, senior vice president of
the Windows Server Division at Microsoft. "Service Pack 1 is a major
component of our overall strategy to help keep customers as secure as
possible. I encourage all of our Windows Server 2003 customers to
deploy Service Pack 1."
"IDC research consistently finds that customers look forward to a
first service pack after a product release to bolster the security of
the Windows environment," said Al Gillen, research director for system
software at IDC. "In the case of Windows Server 2003 SP1, Microsoft has
brought forward not just the normal collection of updates, but several
tools that promote more-secure network configuration and a streamlined
way to administer the latest security releases."
Service Pack 1 Offers Customers New Security Enhancements
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 provides new functionality to
address known security vulnerabilities and prepares companies to better
face future security threats. These new technologies include the
- Security Configuration Wizard. Customers can more
easily reduce attack surface area with the new Security Configuration
Wizard. The tool reduces the attack surface by gathering information
about specific server roles, then automatically blocking all services
and ports not needed to perform those roles.
- Windows Firewall.
Customers can increase their security with the new Windows Firewall on
the server, allowing networkwide control through Group Policy. Also
released with Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Firewall serves as a
host (software) firewall around each client and server computer on a
- Post-Setup Security Updates (PSSU).
Servers are vulnerable during the time between their installation and
application of the latest security updates. In response, Windows Server
2003 Service Pack 1 blocks all inbound connections to the server after
installation until Windows Update has delivered the latest security
updates to the new computer.
Other Service Pack 1 features that offer customers a more robust
security defense include Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0
Metabase Auditing, which allows administrators to identify potential
malicious users should the store become corrupted, stronger defaults
and privilege reduction on services to establish a minimum security
threshold for applications, and the addition of Network Access
Quarantine Control components to allow administrators to isolate
out-of-date virtual private networking (VPN) assets.
"Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 has enabled us to take our network
security to the next level, and installation was practically seamless,"
said Jonathan Addington, network administrator at K2 Corp. "With the
latest security updates, we've once again reduced our system
vulnerability to viruses, worms and hacker attacks, and added
functionality that continues to reduce system management costs."
Increased Reliability, Performance and Extensive Testing
also can expect to see an increase in overall reliability and
performance with the enhancements in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack
1. Microsoft internal testing shows customers can expect increased
performance and reliability up to 50 percent, depending upon workload,
after deploying Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1. In addition,
Microsoft worked closely with its hardware and software partners to
ensure the highest possible level of application and device
compatibility for Service Pack 1. Microsoft tested a wide range of
server applications including anti-virus, firewall, database,
communication, business intelligence, Web development, financial and
more. Microsoft also tested many Windows Server-based devices for
compatibility with Service Pack 1.
Microsoft Plans Security Enhancements for Small Businesses Server
From small businesses to large enterprises, Microsoft is committed to
continually improving its customers' security. Customers will be able
to obtain Windows Small Business Server 2003 SP1 within the next 60
days through the Microsoft Web site. More information is available at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/sbs/downloads/sp1/default.mspx.
Windows Small Business Server 2003 SP1 will include the latest service
packs and updates for Windows Small Business Server 2003 and its
product components. Also included are built-in and customized
integration capabilities to ensure customers will have a smooth
installation experience. Service Pack 1 improves on the security,
performance, collaboration and productivity benefits built into Windows
Small Business Server 2003.
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Is Available Today
Microsoft customers can obtain Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 free via download from the Microsoft Download Center; or through Windows Update), OEM preinstallation, CD order, or the Volume Licensing and System Builder programs.
As part of the worldwide rollout of Windows Server 2003 SP1 and
Windows Small Business Server 2003 SP1, Microsoft will localize the
software in 18 languages over the next two months.
Also today, Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions and Windows XP
Professional x64 Edition were released to manufacturing and will be
available through various partners in late April.
About Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003 is a
comprehensive, integrated and secure infrastructure designed to help
customers reduce costs and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of
IT operations. Building on Windows 2000 family strengths, the new
server platform helps customers extend existing resources while laying
the foundation for building a new generation of connected applications
that improve business productivity. Windows Server 2003 is the
foundation for the Microsoft Windows Server System integrated server
infrastructure, designed for building, deploying and operating agile
business solutions. More information is available at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003.
About Windows Server System
Microsoft Windows Server System is integrated server software providing
the infrastructure for IT operations, application development,
integration and information work. Built on the Windows Server operating
system and designed with Common Engineering Criteria, Windows Server
System is focused on making it easier for IT professionals to connect
and manage their IT environments. Because Windows Server System
products are integrated for enhanced manageability and security, they
help organizations reduce complexity and lower costs. All Windows
Server System products support open industry standards including those
based on XML to promote interoperability with other platforms. More
information on Windows Server System can be found online at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem.
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