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Windows 2000 Service Pack 1 Arrives

Microsoft releases first planned service pack two weeks ahead of schedule, adds one new feature for Terminal Services.

A few weeks ahead of its planned "every-six-months" schedule, Microsoft on Monday released its first service pack for Windows 2000. Service Pack 1 primarily covers known bug fixes. The CD also contains a bonus feature, a COM object called Terminal Services Advanced Client that is used to run Terminal Services sessions within Internet Explorer. The TSAC, which isn't installed by default, comes in three flavors: ActiveX control, MMC snap-in (for creating and managing multiple Terminal Server instances), and a Windows Installer MSI file (for thorough component installation).

Service Pack 1 is available immediately by CD, or it can be downloaded from the Microsoft site. For details, to download or order, go to http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/downloads/
recommended/sp1/default.asp
. International customers can obtain an SP1 CD from local Microsoft subsidiaries (to find one, go to http://www.microsoft.com/worldwide/offices.htm).

For Scott Bekker's report on Microsoft's scheduled release of service packs, go to http://www.entmag.com/breaknews.asp?ID=3062.

[This report has been edited as of the posting date; we originally reported that the TSAC was an added feature of the Service Pack when, in fact, the TSAC is included as an bonus feature, independent of the service pack itself.--Ed.]

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