Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Release Candidate

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) Release Candidate (RC) is a cumulative service pack that provides the latest updates, security and stability enhancements, in addition to new features, feature updates and utility updates to the Windows Server 2003 operating system. SP2 helps secure your server and improve system reliability, security, and stability thereby ensuring the highest level of readiness to meet the ever increasing demands of today's server operating systems. Windows Server 2003 SP2 can be installed directly on the following operating systems:

Windows Server 2003 Editions (All 32-bit x86)
Windows Server 2003 Itanium-based Editions
Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions
Windows Server 2003 R2 Editions
Windows Server 2003 Storage Server R2 Edition
Windows Server 2003 Compute Cluster Edition
Windows Server 2003 for Small Business Servers R2 Edition
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

You can get specific information on the updates contained in the service pack in the knowledgebase article KB914962

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Download: Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (32-bit x86) Release Candidate 369.7 MB
Download: Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 x64 Edition Release Candidate 345.3 MB

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I'm getting the "Access Denied" message too and it is, in fact, a known problem with the following KB: MS KB 873148.

Unfortunately, the recommended solution isn't working for me. MS says to enable verbose logging, which I do, but the install proceeds to turn it off (and, at the cost of much time, I've tried lots of things to get it to stay on). Therefore, I can't obtain a list of the key(s) whose permissions I need to adjust.

If anyone knows of another solution or simply of the registry keys in question (why they make us go through this lengthy and frustrating process to find them is another of those M$ mysteries ), I would be deeply grateful.

Thanks.

After searching MS's newsgroups, I was directed to a third-party utility that enabled me to identify the cause of the problem. It's called regmon.

My restricted keys were:
HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesEventLogSecuritySecurity
HKLMSYSTEMControlSet004ServicesEventLogSecuritySecurity

Here's the discussion thread.

Windows Server 2003 Editions (All 32-bit x86)
Windows Server 2003 Itanium-based Editions
Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions
Windows Server 2003 R2 Editions
Windows Server 2003 Storage Server R2 Edition
Windows Server 2003 Compute Cluster Edition
Windows Server 2003 for Small Business Servers R2 Edition
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

I just installed this on my XP x64 system this afternoon. It fixed several hard lock issues that I was experiencing using AMD dual core processors (there is a 32-bit XP hotfix available, but not for x64, guessing it's built into the RC SP2).

The main benefit I see is an AdminPak included with it that will install on Vista :D. As with guylaroche, I'd suggest this has very little to do with Service Packs for XP.

> I'd suggest this has very little to do with Service Packs for XP.

Clarification--it has everything to do with XP 64-bit...