Monday, January 04, 2010

Exchange 2007 SP2 and SBS 2008

Well, after 4 months of slaving over hot keyboards, the SBS team has managed to come up with 601 KB of code that works as a wrapper for the Exchange 2007 SP2 update that was released back on 29 August, 2009.  4 months to release a wrapper that we were initially told wouldn't be needed as SBS 2008 uses standard Windows and Exchange code - which obviously proved to be plain misleading (see, that was politically correct).

So, for anyone who didn't read my previous blog post and try to manually work through the steps to get Exchange 2007 SP2 installed on SBS 2008, now you can go to this site and download this wrapper.  Please be aware that you'll first need to have Exchange 2007 SP2 (x64) downloaded and extracted, then install and run this wrapper.

I've installed this on a number of SBS 2008 systems and so far, it has worked on all of them - just like the manual install did on some test installs of SBS 2008.

Don't forget to perform this update (like all updates, ESPECIALLY Service Packs) when there's nothing else happening - in particular, no backups being made!

Oh, and budget about an hour for the upgrade - it takes 40 minutes for the actual upgrade, not counting the extraction, stopping and starting of services.


The Outspoken Wookie


Hilton Travis said...

Just a comment to add to this post about Exchange. Bill had the wrappered update fail at the end with "Finalizing Setup Failed Error: The process cannot access the file 'C:\ExchangeSetupLogs\ServiceControl.log' because it is being used by another process." and then was getting no mail flowing.

I got him to reboot, still no mail flowing, run ExBPA (all fine) and he also ran the Mail Flow Tool (again, all fine) and then to just stop and restart the Exchange Services even though he'd rebooted the computer.

So, the tickle made it happen. He's getting mail flowing fine now.

My reasoning behind the restarting of Exchange Services even though the system had just rebooted is: "Sometimes, just as old men do, Exchange needs a finger up its arse to get its gear functioning properly". :)

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