> If your PC is not connected to a domain, you see in the SP2 Security Center:
> * A list of alert settings for the popup warnings
> * Pop up warnings appear in the taskbar system notification area such as
> "Your antivirus may be out of date."
> As soon as you connect your PC to a domain, all these warnings disappear.
> Microsoft in its infinite wisdom has not heard of domain users who aren't
> plugged into the domain all the time, such as laptop users, or network
> outages, or any other circumstance in which users of machines which are
> plugged into the network might have their machines fail to continue to be
> updated with automatic updates, or fail to receive antivirus updates.
You can turn it on again with a Group Policy setting.
From a previous post by me:
If the computer is member of a domain, the Security Center is
default disabled, and you will see this entry in the Application
event log (Source: SecurityCenter, Event ID: 1807):
"The Security Center service has been stopped. It was prevented
from running by a software group policy."
For a domain computer, this is normal and by design, the Security
Center is default turned off (and you will get the message mentioned
above in the event log). There is a Group Policy setting available
if you want to turn it on (domain wide or just for your computer
using Start/Run--> gpedit.msc).
Take a look at the chapter for the Security Center in
What settings are added or changed in Windows XP Service Pack 2?
Group Policy settings (page 26 for me)
06_CIF_Maintenance.DOC ("Changes to Functionality in Microsoft Windows XP
Service Pack 2, Part 6: Computer Maintenance") can be downloaded from here:
<a rel="nofollow" style='text-decoration: none;' href="http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7bd948d7-b791-40b6-8364-685b84158c78&DisplayLang=en" target="_blank">http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7bd948d7-b791...b6-8364</a>
Note: WinXPSP2_Documentation.zip contains all the .doc downloads...
> It's a little much to expect any support from MS either for what is a new
> product. There appears not to be one single security document or any useful
> information on the Security Center.
In addition to the "Security Center" chapter in 06_CIF_Maintenance.DOC:
Frequently asked questions about Windows Security Center
<a rel="nofollow" style='text-decoration: none;' href="http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=883792" target="_blank">http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=883792</a>
torgeir, Microsoft MVP Scripting and WMI, Porsgrunn Norway
Administration scripting examples and an ONLINE version of
the 1328 page Scripting Guide:
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