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Patching Exchange servers

Posted on 2011-02-11
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Hi

I am due to install OS patches on some Exchange servers next week: Exchange 2007 SP2 running on Winwdows 2008 Server OS.

The server types are Mailbox, Hub and CAS.

Once the servers have been patched and rebooted I would like some way of confirming that Exchange functionality is working.

Test-ServiceHealth is the common test and was thinking of running Test-MAPIConnectivity on the Mailbox role servers, but what about the CAS and Hub? Can anyone recommend any tests?

For instance for:

Hub: Confirm that messages can be passed through it
CAS: Confirm OWA, Auto-discover

Does anyone know any other services that run from these servers and also how to test?

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Alan Hardisty earned 167 total points
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The best Exchange test site can be found at https://testexchangeconnectivity.com and you can test everything from mail-flow in and out to Autodiscover, Activesync and Outlook Anywhere.

It will soon become your favourite tool for testing Exchange : )

Alan
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by:Jian An Lim
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event log to see any odd one come out

usually you list down wat you want.

try send email fr gmail and to gmail

logon to owa to confirm it still work

check mobile whetheer actibesync still work
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Thanks for the answers.

We also are running an SCR target in another city for our SG's on the mailbox servers, what's the best way to check them? Is there a powershell command to test they came back up ok?

I guess we could check the copy status for each of the SG's, but anything else similar to test-servicehealth?
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by:Alan Hardisty
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No idea about SCR.  It wasn't part of the original question and I have no experience with SCR.
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