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Hi Boffins,

I have 7 Exchange servers in my environemnt all running Exch 2010 SP1 at different sites in same domain- trust enabled. All the Exchange servers are holding Client Access, Mailbox and Hub transport roles, means we have setup the exchange with multi-role solutions.

As per the Article http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb629560.aspx "" Do not upgrade any Mailbox servers from one version to another until all Client Access servers within the Active Directory site have been upgraded to the target version." and article http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2010/07/22/3410475.aspx ""the fact that all of the Client Access role servers will be identified as part of the CAS array in a given Active Directory site (this is automatic). ""

Problem is I cant upgrade all the CAS servers at one go as it affects the bussiness.

With out changing the design say " changing the server roles and re-design" is it possible to upgrade the SP on the servers.

Current design overview:

Site 1 - Exchange server1
Site 2 - Exchange server2
Site 3 - Exchange server3
Site 4- Exchange server4, 5, 6 and 7

Here Exchange server 1, 2, 3 has the Mailbox database shared (copied) on local servers also on site 4 Exchange servers. Means we have mounted mailboxes on two servers for redundancy.

Initially I thought of upgrading sp  on sessions wise, doing Site 1 upgrade at one and wait until I get no issues confirmation and proceed with other sites. But after reading the articles I cant proceed as I need to upgrade all the servers at one go because of opting multi-role solutions.

Appreciate for quick response and happy to provide more information.

Thanks,
Saleem
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The following Exchange Blog article looks like it fits your scenario or may give you some options regarding how to proceed anyway.
http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2010/07/22/3410475.aspx
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To PYThePorkpie,

If you read m y question, I have already refered the article which you posted.

Thanks,
Saleem
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To Rancy,

Thanks for the tutorial, But I dont want to do all the CAS servers upgrade at one go..

Saleem
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You dont need to Upgrade all CAS at the same time but can do at a moment but if its CAS Array i would say better to but not at the same moment but one after the other and ensure everything is working fine on the Upgraded one.

If any doubts or concerns please feel free

- Rancy
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How about Schema update?

Please help how to check the current schema and how to check it requires update and what cases it requires update.

-Saleem
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Schema can never tell it requires update it mostly depends when you feel the need to update.

You can check the

Verify Exchange Server Schema Version « SMTP Port 25
http://smtpport25.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/verify-exchange-server-schema-version/

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/exchange2010/thread/d60ea3f9-9e38-4725-a08c-eb06cb099937

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Thanks for the articles Rancy..

Our exchange environment is on VMware i.e., Exchange servers are Virtual guests. As per the Microsoft we cant roll back the SP2 to Sp1. If we try to roll back it will completely remove the Exchange from the server.

Can I use the VMware snapshot option to roll back the settings if any thing goes wrong with SP2 upgrade?

-Saleem
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I got my own solution by planning upgrades on each role servers
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