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Windows TechEdge: Service Pack 6 is on the way

Jul 26, 1999, 20:22 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Pace)

"As if you weren't having enough fun with SP5, Microsoft is preparing yet another bundle of patches and bug fixes for NT"

"Microsoft maintains that Windows NT with SP3 is mostly Y2K compliant. NT with SP4 is now called Y2K compliant, period, apparently losing its 'with some issues' status. ... Whether SP6 will reveal more Y2K problems (as SP5 did) is yet to be seen, so the usual rule stands: don't fix it if it isn't broken."

"...I'm starting to have a sinking feeling that the new method of installing Service Packs is to reinstall everything and then reload important information (or the entire system) from backups when things go awry. Obviously, it makes NT even less viable in the enterprise if upgrading the OS is always this much of a hassle. Maybe someone will drive the idea of 'patch control and rollback system' into the brains of our friends in Redmond. But don't count on it in Windows 2000."

"...most fresh installs of NT with SP5 have gone well. ... Unfortunately, this doesn't solve the previous problem of how to update production machines -- you'd have to employ clustering in just about any case where a four to six hour outage is not acceptable."

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