KB 948496 Patch Disables Scalable Networking Pack
Well, it appears that Microsoft has given in.
In today's patches, we see KB 948496, "An update to turn off default SNP features is available for Windows Server 2003-based and Small Business Server 2003-based computers".
As I've reported previously, here, here, and here; there have been many issues with the Scalable Networking Pack since its release in Windows Server 2003 service pack 2. Many people have made disabling it part of their standard server build. Now, Microsoft is disabling it for you.
I wonder how many developer and test hours were spent on this feature versus the agony it has caused in the field?
I also wonder if anyone is actually using the feature - successfully!
If you read KB 948496, you see a wider description of problem areas than I was previously aware of: including issues with copying files from Vista computers, issues with Exchange ActiveSync, issues with both NAT and NLB.
Ouch. So...get this one in, or turn off the feature!
Until next time...
As always, I hope you've enjoyed this article. If there are topics you are interested in and would like for me to cover, please send me an e-mail or post in the local forums.