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If you want to block the SP2 download then Microsoft has a tool for you: Toolkit to Temporarily Block Delivery of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 [microsoft.com]
I had one server trashed when SP2 installed itself and refused to work with my software firewall driver. The server kept rebooting endlessly until a tech went in and uninstalled SP2 for me.
Also, if browscap.ini is important to you be sure to make a backup of it because SP2 will replace it with one that's about four years old. This was confirmed by my contact at Microsoft as a mistake that's too late to fix so they just issued a KB article about it.
Q. Is SP2 a mandatory update through Windows Update? [technet.microsoft.com]
A. No, SP2 is an optional update from Windows Update site. After 3 months on Windows Update site, SP2 will also be offered via Automatic Updates (AU). Even on AU, SP2 will not install automatically until the End User License Agreement has been accepted.
Customers who wish to test SP2 for a longer period and would like to prevent SP2 from installing from AU can download and install the SP2 Blocking Tool at the Microsoft Download Center. The tool will ensure SP2 is not offered from AU for 360 days. Organizations do not need to deploy the Blocker Toolkit in environments managed with an update management solution such as Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) or Systems Management Server 2003 (SMS). Organizations can use those products to fully manage deployment of updates released through Windows Update and Microsoft Update.
If SP2 installed itself was your AU setting at fault?
I had been testing SP2 here at the office and knew it wasn't ready to be installed on a production server. It's still not ready so I'm glad MS realizes it and that you posted that link to the program that will disable the installation of SP2. Thanks. :)