All You Need to Know About Service Packs for Exam 70-210

by Joli Ballew

Many improvements have been made for deploying service packs in Windows 2000.  In Windows NT, you had to reinstall the service pack after adding or deleting components.  This is no longer necessary in Windows 2000.  Windows 2000 automatically keeps track of the service packs that have been installed, and when new programs or components are added, the appropriate changes are made. 

All You Need to Know About Service Packs for Exam 70-210

 Slipstreaming is another new feature in Windows 2000 that allows an administrator to add the service pack files to the installation folder on a distribution server, thus eliminating the need to install the service pack after the installation of Windows 2000.  Service packs are installed either by using the update.exe command, by including it in a distribution image, or by using group policies.  Files that are replaced when installing a new service pack are Driver.cab, Layout.inf, Txtsetup.sif, and Dosnet.inf.

 If you need to find out which version of Windows is running, the build, or which service packs are installed, use the winver.exe command.  This brings up a nice, pretty window with all of the pertinent information.  Don't confuse update packs with service packs.  Update packs are used to make existing software on your system compatible with Windows 2000, while service packs are used to fix bugs, resolve security issues, and offer new drivers, as well as a multitude of other tools and components.

This article was originally published on Aug 31, 2000
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