How to install Exchange 2010 SP3 on SBS 2011

Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP3 Installation Walk through

Exchange 2010 SP3 was released yesterday, here is a very quick walk through of the installation process in case you don’t have a test environment to hand.

The whole SP3 installation tool under 30 minutes from start to finish on a vm workstation based SBS 2011 server with 8GB of Ram and a single vCPU. Granted my Exchange database size is small at only a few 100MB, but looking at the release notes unless you are upgrading from the RTM version is shouldn’t take much longer.

Edit: Review the notes on how to install Service Packs and Update Rollups for Exchange here: Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 1 Installation tips.

1. Download the Service pack from here.

Exchange 2010 SP3 Download1a. Close the SBS Console.

2. Run the Exchange2010-SP3-x64.exe and extract the files.

2a. Stop any Backup Exec services if you have it running locally.

3. Browse to the location where the files are and run setup.exe

4. Click the Install Microsoft Server Upgrade link.

Exchange 2010 SP3 install start

5. Accept the license agreement and click next.

Exchange 2010 SP3 install - license

6. Wait for the Readiness Checks to complete.

Exchange 2010 SP3 install - readiness check

7. Click Upgrade.

Exchange 2010 SP3 install - upgrade

8. Once complete, check the setup log, and click Finish.

Exchange 2010 SP3 install complete

9. Finally check the version of Exchange is correct, and email services are working correctly.

Exchange 2010 SP3 Version

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8 thoughts on “How to install Exchange 2010 SP3 on SBS 2011

  1. SahaluS

    Good blog. I will bookmark it.

    Just heads-up, you also have to close the SBS Console else the install will fail.

    1. Mike Wood

      May be a good idea to temporarily disable or redirect your inbound port 25 while doing the upgrade. If you are running Trend WFBS on the box, the prereq’s will hang on the SMEX Master service so if you’re shutting down Trend (or whatever security product), disabling port 25 during the upgrade seems prudent to me. Just don’t forget to re-enable your firewall port afterwards! Great write-up, accurate step-by-step.

  2. Paul Stainton

    Hi, nice instructions

    one question, In my SBS installation my Exchange Database lives on another partition
    I moved it using the SBS Wizard, to keep it of C:

    Will this have any effect upon the upgrade from SP1 to SP3?


  3. yggdrasil42

    I also had to stop the “Windows SBS Manager” service to pass the Readiness Checks. It complained that the DataCollectorSvc process has open files.

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