This week, Microsoft Connect testers received the RTM-Escrow build of Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, Ars has learned. The company is letting testers grab it as a standalone installer package (all languages) as well as slipstreamed versions in English, Spanish, German, French, or Japanese. As always, there are 32-bit, 64-bit, and ia64 versions available, but for some reason Microsoft has not included a patch to allow testing for the release via Windows Update, as it usually does.
For those interested, the build string is "6002.17043.090312-1835" and Microsoft claims the service pack includes 793 individual hotfixes (the official list on TechNet
still talks of the RC build). Assuming no more drastic changes, this is the number of patches we can expect to see included in SP2 when it arrives sometime next month.
Full Story: http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/03/testers-get-rtm-escrow-build-of-sp2-for-vista-server-2008.ars