Want to win a PS4? Go Premium and enter to win our High-Tech Treats giveaway. Enter to Win


hotfixes for windows 2000 SP4

Posted on 2004-11-01
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
Hi All,

I would like to install a firewall on windows 2000 server.  I would like to know what are the patches that i should installed for a server running windows 2000 SP4.

The only application that i will use in the server is IE.  No others application (MS office) will be installed.

Thanks in advance.
Question by:eecw
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
LVL 32

Expert Comment

ID: 12470551
Hi eecw,

It's always recommended to install ALL patches. Mainly because of IIS running on the server by default (in which recently another security hole has been found which is being exploited at this moment) And, IE has the most patches of all programs in Win2k.
A better suggestion might be to use a completely different browser like Mozilla (http://www.mozilla.org)

About the firewall... it depends on what you need, a hardware firewall is always the best solution, you could combine it with an IDS. If you don't need that much protection and you just want a software firewall then there are a lot of options.


LVL 96

Expert Comment

by:Lee W, MVP
ID: 12470558
2000 does not have a firewall built in or as an optional add-on from MS.  You'd like need ZoneAlarm Pro or a similar "Pro" product as most "home firewall" products will recognize server and won't install.

Author Comment

ID: 12471277
Hi LucF and leew,

I think i had not make my question clear.  I will install a firewall (example Checkpoint) on a server that is running Windows 2000  Server SP4.  And the only application i will use is IE, I will disable the ISS during the installation.

There are a lot of patches release by microsoft after the SP4.  I dont think it is sensible to install all the patches.  I only want to install those critical patches only.

Thank you
Free Tool: Subnet Calculator

The subnet calculator helps you design networks by taking an IP address and network mask and returning information such as network, broadcast address, and host range.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.


Accepted Solution

cwkhang earned 270 total points
ID: 12471335
look for windows 2000 (Essential)
LVL 32

Assisted Solution

LucF earned 105 total points
ID: 12471469

Although your logic is okey. New security holes will always be found, so the best option is to enable "automatic updates" in win2k. This will of course also install the patches for other things than IE, but at least you can be sure they're installed as soon as possible.
Another plus on this is that you can always enable for example IIS in case you want to start running a website in the future as all patches will be installed allready.


Expert Comment

ID: 12471868
The patches are only there because they are needed. I strongly suggest you install ALL of them.
If your going to run checkpoint, then refer to checkpoint's FAQ's for any conflicts of patches / OS service pack levels.
If you were going to run ISA 2004, I grant you all patches should be installed.
Hope it helps.

Featured Post

Free Tool: Port Scanner

Check which ports are open to the outside world. Helps make sure that your firewall rules are working as intended.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

NTFS file system has been developed by Microsoft that is widely used by Windows NT operating system and its advanced versions. It is the mostly used over FAT file system as it provides superior features like reliability, security, storage, efficienc…
Explore the ways to Unlock VBA Project Password Excel 2010 & 2013 documents. Go through the article and perform the steps carefully to remove VBA Excel .xls file.
This course is ideal for IT System Administrators working with VMware vSphere and its associated products in their company infrastructure. This course teaches you how to install and maintain this virtualization technology to store data, prevent vuln…
How to fix incompatible JVM issue while installing Eclipse While installing Eclipse in windows, got one error like above and unable to proceed with the installation. This video describes how to successfully install Eclipse. How to solve incompa…
Suggested Courses

604 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question