Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 service pack 2 is out today

Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 service pack 2 is out today. You can download a full network version from Microsoft at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a4dd31d5-f907-4406-9012-a5c3199ea2b3&DisplayLang=en . Note that the complete Network install is 348.3 Megabytes in size. If you do not want to download the full service pack, you can use Windows Update website to grab the update. This article also details some of the improvements and features included with Service pack 2

Service Pack 1 is a pre requisite to running Service pack 2, hopefully most of you are already on service pack 1. Some of the new features promised in service pack 2 are:

- Added support for Blu-Ray burners

- Better support for Wi-Fi networks

- Speedier Windows Search function

- Added support and PNP functionality for extra hardware

- Application compatibility improvements (such as programs like Zone Alarm, SpySweeper now work with POP3 accounts)

- Improves Windows Media Center in content protection for TV

- Removes the limit of 10 half open Outbound connections, with SP2 there is no limit

- SP2 for Windows Server 2008 provides Hyper-V virtualization environment as fully integrated feature

- Improved power management for servers and desktops that can be configured using group policies

- SP2 improves backwards compatibility for Terminal Server license keys