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Is sp3 Y2K compatable

By gfcousins ·
I'm running 3 servers within the one domain and I need to know if sp3 is Y2K compatable. I tried installing sp5 but it ruined my Lotus Notes machine so I can't go down that road again. sp6 is not an option because of its Notes issues.
I've heard about post sp3 updates but what are they for, do I need all of them and are any of them likely to trash my system?

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Gary Cousins

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by Phil MCSE/MCP+I In reply to Is sp3 Y2K compatable

I believe that Microsoft's official stance is that SP4 is the Y2K service pack, although later service packs correct 'minor' Y2K issues. This service pack also included the MDAC and IE 4.10 SP1 update. There is also post SP4 hotfixes that we are applying to SP4 to finish the Y2K issue for our company. I am not sure where they are located, but they are somewhere on Microsoft's website or in technet. Good luck!

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by Don Christner In reply to Is sp3 Y2K compatable

Hi Gary,
The latest info. that I can find says:
For customers who elect to remain on Service Pack 3, Microsoft recommends downloading the Year 2000 Update for Windows NT 4 Service Pack 3 (SP3). Microsoft intends to maintain Windows NT 4.0 withService Pack 3 at the Compliant with Minor Issues rating through January 1, 2001. Year 2000 issues have been identified and updated in the Microsoft Windows NT 4 SP3. Please refer to the Microsoft Windows NT 4 SP3 Y2K Product Guide for details, recommendations and updates to address known issues.

The biggest issue, perhaps, is that User Manager doesn't recognize 2000 as a leap year. Therefore, you can't enter February 29 of the year 2000 as the expiration date for a user account. Some of theother Y2K issues that can be corrected by installing SP4 or the Y2K hot fix are:
Q183123: The date fields in the Find/Files or Folders feature will show incorrectly when the system date is 2000 or greater.
Q180122: After changing the time through Control Panel, Wind

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by MCSE Lee In reply to Is sp3 Y2K compatable

SP3 (even with the Y2K Updates) still has a few Y2K issues. Your best bet, because of the Notes problem, is SP4; according to MS, it is fully Y2K compliant. Make sure you get the revised SP4, not the original, or you're really asking for trouble!

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by rkclarke In reply to Is sp3 Y2K compatable

SP4 or higher is where you should be. When you load SP4 the first log in takes longer than usual due to a utility which checks your NT installation and recommends updates. I have used SP5 on about 175 client machines and have had no issues. SP4 makes a change to the tcpip stack that some applications don't like (a hotfix is available which is included in sp5).

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by Dave Edwards, MCP In reply to Is sp3 Y2K compatable

MS's official answer is that SP4 is the Y2K compliant solution, as SP3 has bugs in areas such as User Manager for Domains with respect to the leap-year and similar problems. Details of the SP4 fixes are in the MS Knowledge Base (www.support.microsoft.com/search) and search for "Q194303"

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