posted on Sep, 3 2004 @ 07:18 PM
I installed it at home. The new features are wonderful. I have installed it in a 2000+ (client systems) environment. No problems. You people will
not have many problems if you ACTUALLY READ the system requirements and do a little research before you install. Not EVERY system or software in the
world can be supported. These things take time. You must research before just blindly installing an upgrade from any manufacturer. Anyone
installing in a business environment especially needs to use a test lab to ensure a successful deployment. Now, which businesses with need the most
problems? They are the ones that do not employ strict standards in machines and software. The employees always complain that they want dell, compaq,
sony, HP etc etc etc... and complain when you only give them one choice. Here is a wonderful reason why standards are needed.
If you have standards, then a simple test lab and knowing your systems will end most problems with upgrades.
To ensure a successful upgrade:
Check for hardware compatibility issues
Check with the software manufacturers to any fixes or compatibility issues with their software.
Test this on your baseline system in your test lab.
Create reports on your network to ensure which machines meet or do not meet the standards or minnimum requirements.
Upgrade the systems that do not meet the standards or create another project to upgrade them slowly over time.
Install the SP on the machines that meet the standards.
Once you have followed this standard test, then you will not have any problems. In a business, documentation, testing and research is important in
any IT task. Too many administrators are more than happy to just upgrade without doing any test or research, then they blame the manufacturer. I
upgrade Mac, UNIX, Windows and LINUX machines in my environment. There are compatibility issues with any SP upgrade. RESEARCH is the key.
That is the same thing as buying a cup of coffee from McDonalds, taking the lid off the cup, putting it between your legs, then going for a drive.
Then spilling it on you and burning yourself, then blaming McDonalds.
If on your home computer, follow the same steps above, you just do not have a test lab to test it on. But, the test lab is only there to PROVE to
clients, management, executives or other folks, that you HAVE done your research. If research is done properly, the there will be no problems. For
the home users... This is YOUR HOME Machine, your family stuff on there. If you are like me you have thousands of Digital pics of your family friends
or many important documents for finances etc. Unless you are like me and back up your system to a few dvds every week..... Why would you not
research, especially when you could lose all those memories or important documents?
Just my thoughts.......
[edit on 3-9-2004 by JCMinJapan]