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  • Question

  • I'm currently running 2010 SP1 RU3v3 and tomorrow I have a maintenance window scheduled.

    Now, other than BES Express there is nothing that is "linked" to Exchange beyond our regular Outlook/ActiveSync/Webmail clients.

    I'm inclined to go to SP1 RU6 for now, and jump to SP2 in the next maintenance window (we don't work weekends so scheduling one is not a big deal).

    I guess my question is, assuming you don't have a dependency on a particular version, what is Microsoft's best practise on where to be in terms of Service Pack + Rollup level please?

    Thanks,

    Paul

    Saturday, July 28, 2012 12:09 PM

Answers

  • I'm currently running 2010 SP1 RU3v3 and tomorrow I have a maintenance window scheduled.

    Now, other than BES Express there is nothing that is "linked" to Exchange beyond our regular Outlook/ActiveSync/Webmail clients.

    I'm inclined to go to SP1 RU6 for now, and jump to SP2 in the next maintenance window (we don't work weekends so scheduling one is not a big deal).

    I guess my question is, assuming you don't have a dependency on a particular version, what is Microsoft's best practise on where to be in terms of Service Pack + Rollup level please?

    Thanks,

    Paul

    "Best practce" in this case, is what you're comfortable with. SP1 UR6 is pretty safe and 2010 SP1 is still in "Mainstream" support. But an update rollup isn't a service pack, and a servce pack comes with it's own set of things to deal with (that's why there are release notes) that you usually encounter with an update rollup.

    If you look through the SP2 docs, and the update rollup docs for RU1, 2, and 3, and you're okay with the differences to what you're running now, then running SP2 and UR3 would probably be *Microsoft's* idea of where you should be.


    --- Rich Matheisen MCSE+I, Exchange MVP

    Saturday, July 28, 2012 3:46 PM
  • We recommend that you always upgrade to the latest service pack and roll up. Currently, that's Service Pack 2, Roll Up 3. Information on RU3 is here - http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2012/05/29/released-update-rollup-3-for-exchange-2010-service-pack-2.aspx


    Senior Technical Writer - Exchange. This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

    Saturday, July 28, 2012 3:49 PM

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  • I'm currently running 2010 SP1 RU3v3 and tomorrow I have a maintenance window scheduled.

    Now, other than BES Express there is nothing that is "linked" to Exchange beyond our regular Outlook/ActiveSync/Webmail clients.

    I'm inclined to go to SP1 RU6 for now, and jump to SP2 in the next maintenance window (we don't work weekends so scheduling one is not a big deal).

    I guess my question is, assuming you don't have a dependency on a particular version, what is Microsoft's best practise on where to be in terms of Service Pack + Rollup level please?

    Thanks,

    Paul

    "Best practce" in this case, is what you're comfortable with. SP1 UR6 is pretty safe and 2010 SP1 is still in "Mainstream" support. But an update rollup isn't a service pack, and a servce pack comes with it's own set of things to deal with (that's why there are release notes) that you usually encounter with an update rollup.

    If you look through the SP2 docs, and the update rollup docs for RU1, 2, and 3, and you're okay with the differences to what you're running now, then running SP2 and UR3 would probably be *Microsoft's* idea of where you should be.


    --- Rich Matheisen MCSE+I, Exchange MVP

    Saturday, July 28, 2012 3:46 PM
  • We recommend that you always upgrade to the latest service pack and roll up. Currently, that's Service Pack 2, Roll Up 3. Information on RU3 is here - http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2012/05/29/released-update-rollup-3-for-exchange-2010-service-pack-2.aspx


    Senior Technical Writer - Exchange. This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

    Saturday, July 28, 2012 3:49 PM
  • Thank you both - I'll likely stick with SP1 RU6 for now.

    Just to confirm as well, I have a bunch of Windows Updates for 2008 R2 that need to be installed.

    Many relate to .net - anything to be wary of with regard to Exchange 2010?

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2540222 is all that I can find.

    Saturday, July 28, 2012 4:07 PM
  • On Sat, 28 Jul 2012 16:07:27 +0000, Paul Hutchings wrote:
     
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    >Thank you both - I'll likely stick with SP1 RU6 for now.
    >
    >Just to confirm as well, I have a bunch of Windows Updates for 2008 R2 that need to be installed.
    >
    >Many relate to .net - anything to be wary of with regard to Exchange 2010?
    >
    >http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2540222 is all that I can find.
     
    There's no need to install a newer release of .Net so don't do that.
    All the rest of it is just the same as any other set of hot fixes and
    security update -- install them on lab servers first. That'll give you
    a fighting chance of finding the really obvious problems. like the one
    described in that KB.
     
    ---
    Rich Matheisen
    MCSE+I, Exchange MVP
     

    --- Rich Matheisen MCSE+I, Exchange MVP
    Saturday, July 28, 2012 9:26 PM
  • Thanks Rich, we didn't have .net 4.0 on the server so I didn't install it (and nor did Microsoft/Shavlik suggest it).

    I went to SP1 RU6 and I'll pull the trigger on SP2 RU3 in a couple of weeks once I've read up on any gotcha's as that one does seem like there's no way back - thanks very much :)

    Sunday, July 29, 2012 11:54 AM