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Windows XP, Codename: Defiler 2001-04-16 10:03:18
by stale
Here's an excerpt from my company's newsletter this week:

Do Not Plug WXP In Your Cisco Network Yet: Crash Warning

Computer Reseller News reported something 'interesting'. MS found out about an incompatibility between Windows XP and Cisco Systems' Catalyst 5000 switch. The conflicts can cause your corporate networks to crash. The unexpected incompatibility sits between the 802.1x wireless security feature in Windows XP and the Cisco switch software that has a bug. Cisco has a fix on its website.

This week, Redmond sent an e-mail to all of Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) to not plug Windows XP machines into any network without explicit approval of the client's IT department. What seems to have happened is that a Microsoft consultant plugged a laptop running Windows XP into a site and took the entire company down.

Some adventurous souls in Xerox did the same, and brought the whole network down. Xerox sent an email to all 50,000 employees and told them that if they plugged in WXP and brought the network down, they would pay for the damage out of their paycheck. Sounds like they mean it. More at:

I guess crashing the PC it was installed on just wasn't enough.