Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 16 installation tips

Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 11 Installtion tips

Edit: Update Rollup 17 is now available for Exchange 2010 SP3 see the post Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 17 installation tips.

Microsoft released the Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 16 on 13 December 2016.

I installed Update Rollup 16 on my test SBS 2011 server this evening and it took about 10 minutes from start to finish, so I wouldn’t expect it to take much longer than this in production.

Please test before installing into your production environment. Maybe even wait a few days or a week or two from the release date to make sure the QA is up to scratch on it.

For migrations to Exchange 2016, Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 11 is the minimum version that will be supported in a coexistance environment.

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Dell Server Update Utility SUU 16.12.00 released

Dell Server Update Utility

EDIT: Version 17.04 has now been released, see the post Dell EMC Server Update Utility SUU 17.04 released.

The latest version of Dell Server Update Utility (Dell SUU) 16.12.00 was released on the 15th December 2016. The Dell SUU is an application used to help patch Dell PowerEdge servers. It will compare currently installed drivers and firmware with those available on the mounted iso file.

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How to display external bandwidth reports in WatchGuard Dimension

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Here’s a quick WatchGuard tip. I had to do some analysis on bandwidth usage recently, but although I could see the live usage via system manager there was no report for external bandwidth utilisation in WatchGuard Dimension.

To be able to report on bandwidth utilisation in WatchGuard Dimension you need to enable Performance Statistics logging on the WatchGuard Firebox. Here’s how to do it.

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VMware ESXi Server Build Numbers

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I’ve been doing a fair bit of VMware patching recently so thought it would be useful to highlight the current and past versions of ESXi and how to check which version you are running. The latest version is 6.5 released 15th November, 2016. Since then there have been a few patches.

Below is a snapshot of the current versions as of 22 March 2017.

As with any new software test in a development environment first before upgrading to a new major version, let others lead the way on the bleeding edge and wait for Patch 1 to be released.

Version 6.5
Version 6.0
Version 5.5
Version 5.1
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WatchGuard Fireware v11.12 released

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Note: Fireware v11.12 Update 1 is now available, see here for details.

WatchGuard Fireware v11.12  and WatchGuard System Manager v11.12 was released on 17th November, 2016. This replaces the previous version of 11.11.4 Update 2.

Full release notes can be found here. Please read them before upgrading! Your Firebox must be running, XTM v11.7.5, v11.8.4 or v11.9 or higher before upgrading.

The software can be downloaded from here.

New features and functions include:

  • ConnectWise Integration
  • Threat Detection and Response
  • Geolocation Service
  • Dynamic VPN Tunnels to Azure
  • IPv6 Support in Services and Proxies
  • Services and Proxies Enabled by Default
  • Gateway Wireless Controller
  • FireCluster with DHCP on External Interface
  • X-forwarded Information from Header in Logs and Dimension

For more detailed information see the presentation below.
What’s New in Fireware v11.12

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How to resolve Microsoft Exchange Information Store not starting – Event ID 5003

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I was called on to troubleshoot an issue with Microsoft Exchange Information Store not starting recently. All other Exchange services were up and running, but the Information Store wouldn’t start and produced the following error:

“Windows could not start the Microsoft Exchange Information Store on the Local Computer. For more information, review the System Event Log. If this is a non-Microsoft service, contact the service vendor, and refer to the service specific error code – 2147221213.”

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