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    SIMS Spring 2011 & XP SP2

    Hi everybody

    Has anyone tried the SIMS Spring 2011 update on a workstation with Windows XP SP2 rather than SP3?

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    SP2 isn't supported by Capita. I've not tried it, and would advise anyone who is running SP2 to update ASAP as they're running an insecure system and then allowing access to their most sensitive data on it. I may even go as far as to say that by doing so, the school wouldn't be ensuring the security and integrity of the data as they should be doing under the DPA!

    Can I ask why you want to do this?

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    We've got an RM CC3 network that's still only on SP2. Going vanilla over the summer so wondering if there's any point risking RMs SP3 update in the mean time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beast_gts View Post
    We've got an RM CC3 network that's still only on SP2. Going vanilla over the summer so wondering if there's any point risking RMs SP3 update in the mean time.
    My response to that would be 'yes, update asap', as you've got gaping security holes in your system at the moment. SP3 has now been out 3 years... And Microsoft stopped support SP2 almost a year ago.
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    I started at this school since September and in the first holiday applied three years worth of updates to the system. The problem is for every one thing I fix/update/patch/install two things break! The Senior Leadership Team want the Spring 2011 so they can do the May returns but don't want to make any changes to the RM system.

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    You're stuck between a rock and a hard place then I see. Well, the problem you have is that Capita doesn't support SIMS on SP2 any more as far as I know, Microsoft doesn't support SP2 any more and the Data Protection Act states you must take all reasonable security measures to protect the personal data that you hold. Using an unsupported, insecure system doesn't do that.

    I'd suggest putting it in that way to the SLT, as using SIMS.net on an outdated and unsupported system just seems like it would be bad practice to me. Also, IIRC .Net 4 requires SP3, and I believe Spring 2011 requires .Net 4 full.

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    Looking at 'SIMS Hardware Spec - March 2011' (http://www.capita-cs.co.uk/SiteColle...dware_spec.pdf) the .NET Framework 4.0 has been pushed back to the Summer Release.

    Looking forward to a fun SLT meeting :-)

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