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Windows® XP Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, and Windows Vista

Their Impact on Diskeeper® Corporation Products

Service Pack 2 for Windows XP (SP2), Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2003, and Windows Vista contain a number of security-related enhancements to their respective operating systems. Some of these enhancements affect the operation of certain network functionality in Diskeeper Corporation's Diskeeper, Undelete® and Sitekeeper® products.

Important Note: These changes are not necessary if you are using Diskeeper or Undelete locally, i.e., not using the "networking" features such as PushInstall or remote control connections.

Specifically, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1, and Windows Vista increase the default security levels for the Windows Firewall (previously known as Internet Connection Firewall). Additionally, the default security settings for the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) facility and the Distributed Common Object Model (DCOM) facility have been changed to more effectively "lock down" computers running these service packs.

As a result of these changes, it is necessary to modify some of the new default security settings within Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 in order to allow the networking features Diskeeper, Undelete or Sitekeeper to function properly. Diskeeper Corporation has created guidelines and tools to help our customers properly configure their applicable computers to work with our products. These solutions are based on information provided by Microsoft Deployment Guides and Knowledge Base articles.

The following documents and tools are available to help you configure your Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server SP1 systems to work with Diskeeper, Undelete and Sitekeeper:

White Papers:
  Diskeeper_Corporation_Products_and_Windows_Service_Packs.pdf

This white paper presents an in-depth discussion of the specific changes in Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1 and Windows Vista, and how they affect the various Diskeeper Corporation products. It also discusses special script files that automate the process of changing your Windows configurations for compatibility with Diskeeper Corporation products.

Diskeeper_and_Windows_Service_Packs.pdf

This white paper details how Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1 and Windows Vista affect Diskeeper. It also discusses special script files that automate the process of changing your Windows configurations for compatibility with Diskeeper.

   
Article: Diskeeper_Corporation_Group_Policy_Config.pdf
  This article gives step-by-step instructions for using the Group Policy Editor within Microsoft Active Directory® to make the network-wide configuration changes to Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1 and Windows Vista systems necessary for compatibility with Diskeeper Corporation products.
   
Tools:
  Diskeeper Administrator Windows Service Pack configuration utility

This downloadable package, specifically for Diskeeper Administrator, is a self-extracting executable file containing a batch file (or script) that automates the steps necessary to configure Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 SP1 systems for compatibility with Diskeeper Administrator. This script can be run individually on each Diskeeper Administrator machine, or can be pushed out via Group Policy as a login script for these machines.

Diskeeper Client Windows Service Pack configuration utility

This downloadable package, specifically for the various Diskeeper Professional and Server editions, is a self-extracting executable file containing a batch file (or script) that automates the steps necessary to configure Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1 and Windows Vista systems for compatibility with Diskeeper. This script can be run individually on each Diskeeper machine, or can be pushed out via Group Policy as a login script for the affected machines.

Undelete 4.0 Client Windows Service Pack configuration utility

This downloadable package, specifically for Undelete 4.0 or later Professional and Server editions, is a self-extracting executable file containing a batch file (or script) that automates the steps necessary to configure Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server SP1 systems for compatibility with Undelete or to allow them to receive an Undelete package delivered by PushInstall. This script (Undelete_Firewall_Config.bat), can be run individually on each Undelete machine, or it can be pushed out via Group Policy as a login script for the affected machines.

Sitekeeper 3.5 Windows Service Pack configuration utility

This downloadable package, specifically for Sitekeeper 3.5, is a self-extracting executable file containing a batch file (or script) that automates the steps necessary to configure Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 SP1 systems to allow the communication needed by Sitekeeper. This script can be run individually on each computer that is managed by Sitekeeper, or can be pushed out via Group Policy as a login script for these machines.
 

 
   

As mentioned earlier, if you are not using any of the networking features of Diskeeper or Undelete, you do not need to take any special steps to configure your Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1 and Windows Vista systems for compatibility with these products.