My university just announced by email right when the semester was ending that before anyone will be allowed to logon to the network when they return next semester, they will have to install SP2, and re-register their machines on the network, and this little process will also verify that they have SP2 installed. Is anyone besides me seeing a HUGE freaking mess at the beginning of next semester???
I am going to LOATH putting this on my machine. I went through all the services and have running exactly what needs to be. I went through the hundreds of Group Policy Objects in XP and set them for my needs. SP2 adds about, what was it...400+ MORE GPO's? I run clean of virus's and scan for adware daily (security person here
) I'm of course going to need to do a "clean" install of XP SP2, if you can call it that... Argh what a huge waste of my time!
I can see the huge mess the univ. network is going to be in when everyone freaks out, doesn't know what is going on, eventually figures out they need an update, then everyone tries to update all at once to SP2, from the MS download site. It's not like everyone's machine is being pointed to a network share or anything to lessen the load on bandwidth. I suppose in the long run it maaayyy help the network by improving machine's security so they're not taken over by virii and used for attacks like I've heard reports of now on our univ's network. And *hopefully* (but probably not) it will help internet speed a little by taming some of the insane uploaders who leave their upload speed on full throttle and choke the network because they either don't care or more likely don't know what they're doing, or what the software on their machine is doing.
Did I mention how much I'm going to HATE doing this to my baby?
...out to look for the best way to integrate widcomm drivers into an SP2 slipstream install...and fix the myriad of other problems in SP2
I'm crying inside
adios winter break...hello fixing microsoft beta patch...