It was recently suggested within the "Start of School" discussion thread
that Microsoft's release of Service Pack 2 (SP2) over the next few days
could be a major event that will impact colleges and universities. It
is probably unfortunate that the timing of the release will coincide
with the start of a new school year; however, I wanted to pass along a
few items of information that I would encourage you to share with
appropriate staff in your organization or at your institution.
First, we are establishing a listserv for institutions of higher
education as a vehicle to disseminate further information regarding SP2
and to facilitate discussion between institutions. We encourage windows
support staff, help desk staff, security officers, and others to
subscribe and share their experiences or insights with the community.
You can subscribe by sending the command "Subscribe SP2-ISSUES firstname
lastname" to [log in to unmask] The list will be archived
and will remain available until such time that we are over the hump of
the major implementation issues that many of us expect.
Second, a Summary of Relevant Windows XP SP2 Dates as obtained by
EDUCAUSE are as follows:
8/6 Release to manufacturing
8/9 Release to Microsoft Download Center (full network install
8/10 Release to Automatic Updates (for machines running pre-release
versions of Windows XP SP2 only)
8/16 Release to Automatic Updates (for machines not running
pre-releases versions of Windows XP SP2)
8/16 Release to SUS via AU
Later in August
Release to Windows Update for interactive user installations
Third, we would recommend that institutions begin testing their
applications with Windows XP Service Pack 2 by downloading the final
version that is currently available at
also encourage developers to share their experiences with others on the
SP2-Issues listserv mentioned in the earlier paragraph.
Finally, we are told that more detailed information will be available
from Microsoft at http://www.microsoft.com/education/hevdp.aspx later
this this afternoon. It will include information about "Microsoft's
Back to School Program called Higher Education Volunteer Distribution
Program(HEVDP)", and will include more information about "Microsoft's
redistribution policies and recommended approaches for security of
Please look for more detailed information and periodic updates at the
Security Task Force Coordinator, EDUCAUSE
Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/cg/.