Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 13 released and installation tips

Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 11 Installtion tipsEdit: Update Rollup 18 is now available for Exchange 2010 SP3 see the post Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 18 installation tips.

It been a busy couple of months with two Exchange migrations, one from SBS 2008 to Exchange 2013 and another from Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2016 so this post is a little late coming!

On 14th March Microsoft released the Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 13.

I installed Update Rollup 13 on my test SBS 2011 server this evening and it took just 9 minutes from start to finish, so I wouldn’t expect it to take much longer than this in production.

The new update was released today so please test before installing into your production environment. Maybe even wait a few days or a week or two 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.

The Update Rollup 13 for Exchange Server 2010 SP3 contains the fixes for the security issue that is described in KB3141339.

This update rollup fixes an issue in which “HTTP 400” error when you open a forwarded link in OWA in Exchange Server 2010 SP3 that has RU12 installed.

This update rollup includes the following changes:

  • A new Office 365 Hybrid Configuration wizard (HCW) is used in Exchange Server 2010 that was bundled in the Exchange Management Console (EMC). This change makes sure that EMC always runs the latest version of the HCW that contains up-to-date experience when the HCW is initiated from the EMC.
  • An updated Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) Control for Outlook Web Access. The control is signed to use a SHA-2 compliant code signing certificate. After you install this update, an updated version of the control on the Exchange server will be replaced. Users who have installed the earlier version of the control into a computer’s browser must log on to Outlook Web Access and download the updated control after the Exchange server updates are completed.

The update can be downloaded from here.

The official Exchange Team blog post can be found here.

While looking for others experience of installing the update rollup I’ve come across a few suggestions that might help speed the install up and a few best practice tips.

1. Reboot the server prior to installing the update rollup. If it has been up for a while a reboot will make sure it is in a know good state.

2. Run the update from an elevated command prompt.

3. In Internet Explorer, deselect “Check for Publisher’s certificate” and “Check for server certificate revocation”, from Internet Options, Advanced tab, Security options.

4. Disable antivirus software.

5. Have a full backup and a system state backup of the server.

6. Make sure the SBS console is closed if installing the update on SBS 2011.

7. Backup any OWA customisations you have in place.

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

While the update is installed it will automatically stop Exchange and IIS services, and restart them again once complete.

Once the update has finished, remember to undo the changes made in steps 3 and 4 above.

The Microsoft Technet is a useful articles you may want to check out for further reading prior to installing the update rollup.

In larger multi-server envrionments apply Exchange 2010 Service Packs and Update Rollups in the following order (source: Technet) :

1. Client Access server
2. Hub Transport server
3. Mailbox server
4. Unified Messaging server

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1. Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update installation tips and best practices

2. Office365 PowerShell: How to the find out mailbox sizes in Office365 (and Exchange 2016) using PowerShell

3. Exchange Server and Update Rollups Build Numbers

4. Exchange 2013 Initial Configuration Settings multi-part series

5. How to install Exchange 2016 (CU3 and beyond) on Windows Server 2016

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