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Is there any known issue with SP1 on a domain controller?

A reader would like to upgrade to Windows 2003 Server SP1. But before he does, he wants to know if there are there any known issues with SP1 on a domain controller he should know about.

I run a network of about 2500 PCs and 200 servers. I have an Active Directory in native 2003 mode and I have 23 domain controllers (I only have one domain). I would like to upgrade to Windows 2003 Server SP1. Before I upgrade, are there any known issues with SP1 on a domain controller I should know about?
The majority of known issues surrounding SP1 involve trying to install it on an SBS server, see http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;897342 for more information. Aside from that, each individual upgrade process is unique based on the hardware and software that is installed on the domain controller – you should test the SP1 upgrade process in a test environment before deploying it on your production hardware. Microsoft KB article 889101 includes the Release Notes for SP1, which also details a few known issues to be aware of before upgrading.
This was first published in November 2005

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