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XP SP2 Implementation via GPO

By wiggledbits ·
Hi All,
I am trying to implement SP2 on our XP machines via GPO. I have checked twice and everything looks good but on reboot the machines I have added to the group **** past the the install straight to the logon screen. I know I have the Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon set to enabled in the GPO's Computer Configuration\Administrative\Templates\System\Logon object but it still blows right past it to the logon screen. I can tell because I see the dialog boxes for applying the securty setting and SP2 install just before the logong dialog.

Anyone run into this? WHat did you do to slove it? Will the security seeting in the GPO apply if I have to use auto update?


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Same Here

by BlitzSonik In reply to XP SP2 Implementation via ...

Haven't found a fix yet, but I will post if I do.

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gpo and xp sp2

by obiwan kenobi In reply to XP SP2 Implementation via ...

Not so much of a fix, but a work around. not practical if you have more than 5 pcs on the go.
You have to disconnect pc from the network. Log on as Administrator and turn off the firewall. This is turned on as part of the installation, and then it stops anything else from installing.
When you turn off firewall, reconnect to the network and reboot pc.

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by SandyM In reply to gpo and xp sp2

Best thing is to disable the firewall with a GP before you start. You may need to get the template for this from Microsoft as it's fairly new.

If you have a hardware firewall (e.g. Cisco PIX) you *may* find it appropriate to permanently disable the desktop firewall by applying the GP at domain or site level.

We have done this and are rolling out SP2 without problems in conjunction with SUS. The only issue was the amount of time (even at LAN speeds) it takes to download the service pack to a PC - if it's not totally downloaded before the scheduled install time, the install won't happen until the first of same time next day or next reboot (you can schedule it to start x minutes after a reboot).

Good Luck!

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