Partners won't face as many headaches deploying Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 as they encountered with Windows XP SP2. But there's no guarantee they won't face problems in the field.
Windows Server 2003 SP1--now in Release Candidate 2 stage and set for release within weeks--is undergoing rigorous in-house testing at the Redmond, Wash., company. Yet some ISVs are running into application incompatibilities.
Although Microsoft has tested its own and the most popular third-party server applications, it cannot guarantee compatibility for all 10,000 server applications on the market, Microsoft executives said.
"We're happy with the application compatibility testing we've done and where we stand. We have done hundreds of applications and only had a handful of issues," said Samm
DiStasio, a director in the Windows server management product group. "RC2 testing is going really well and there are no showstoppers we've seen. It's ready to go."
ScriptLogic, a Boca Raton, Fla., ISV that develops
Windows server management products, ran into compatibility problems when initially testing one of the SP1 release candidates against its software. It has since fixed the device driver problem, but ScriptLogic executives advise other ISVs to start testing and have patches ready.