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Earlier this week Microsoft confirmed that Service Pack 7 for NT 4.0, which has been MIA for some time, wasn't going to ship after all. Largely it seems to be a 'small earthquake, not many dead' kind of story, as the world seems to have been managing fairly well on the previous model, SP6a, withy the addition of a few hotfixes.

SP7 was intended to include a couple of things that could be regarded as enhancements, including an Active Directory client and improvements to the mechanisms for rolling out security fixes, but Microsoft is having quite enough trouble talking people out of using NT 4.0. We don't want to go encouraging them, do we?

For people using NT servers 'as is,' 6a plus any fixes from the intervening period, and any extra ones that come along (Microsoft will still be doing hotfixes) is probably enough. And if you wanted the simplicity of just applying 7 for new deployments, well, you're really not with the program, are you?

But inside Satan Central it does kind of look like some people aren't entirely with the program either. Take a look down the page as far as "Status" and you'll read: "This problem was first corrected in Windows NT Server 4.0 Service Pack 7 and Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition Service Pack 7."

Someone has a vivid imagination, and has convinced themselves SP7 really has shipped? Or maybe it's one of those things that was too all intents and purposes finished, but we decided to can at the last minute. If it does exist, we foresee a corporate black market in escaped code... ®

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