When Microsoft Windows XP ends its Offical Update Support on April 8, 2014, is there any way of updating re-installed clients, offline? Like keeping a copy of Service Pack 3 for Windows XP and all of the additional updates for future use?
I could keep a copy of the hard drive in a GHOST IMAGE, but that would not be practical.
Any way of spoofing Windows Update so you could still get all updates since Service Pack 3 in lets say 10 years? Long after Windows XP is useful. For anything but my locked in business? Anyway of updating Windows XP without a internet connection? Of curse currently the system only connects to the internet when it is time for updates. Getting the source setup/updates file and burning them on a CD/DVD?
My business will still be needing Windows XP in 10 years.
It's the same for Windows Server 2003 but I'm prioritizing Windows XP.
Anything you can do will help! Some tips and tricks would be helpful...
Thank you everyone! Your response has been great, I'm now making sure my current business environment will out last Microsoft End of Support.
And your ides for continuation of my current environment to a virtual machines is being discussed with a virtualization expert. But my lock-in consist of hardware that might not be able to be used in a virtual environment.
But with my current environment secured for the foreseeable future. I'm in talks with a opensource software development company to maybe switch from Microsoft Environment to one based on Linux or maybe FreeBSD/NetBSD/OpenBSD. It seems they can write the necessary drivers and management software so that my hardware lock-in would not end up being a problem. Essentialy never ending up with "End of Life" or "End of Support".
Will certainly stop by serverfault again with some questions about Linux and *BSD
Bye and thanks to all of you!