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Microsoft Recalls Small Business Server 2003 R2

Microsoft has recalled Small Business Server 2003 Release 2 from manufacturing last week after the company discovered some of the files were not the most up-to-date.

"During a regular audit as part of our software production process, Microsoft became aware of an issue with the final SBS 2003 R2 software containing non-final versions of a few core components to SBS," a company spokesperson said in an e-mail to this reporter.

Since the product had so far only been released to OEMs, system builders and distributors, none of the recalled copies reached customers, the company said. However, due to the process of recalling and reissuing products, there will be a slight delay in availability.

SBS 2003 R2 was formally launched at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Boston in mid-July, with expected availability in August. The company has not said how long the delay will take.

New features in the product include the "Green Check" software health technology meant to help partners and users protect mission critical data, and to keep networks, PCs and servers up-to-date.

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Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.

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