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stable version of exchange 2010 with regards to service pack level and hotfix rollup level

Greetings,

I am about to order a new Dell Win2008 R2 SP1 server for a client, as the old one has reached its end of service life.   The current server has been running Windows 2003 Server Std w/SP2, and Exchange Server 2003 Std Sp2.  The system has been a model of stability, and I can't recall when I had to install a hotfix of any kind to the O/S or to Exchange 2003.  I should note that this is for a small workgroup, and for budget reasons they have not opted to go with any solutions for OWA for iPhone or BB sync.  So life there is simple there but, quite frankly, not terribly challenging on the IT side.

For the new server, I'll need to be implementing Exchange 2010.  I assume I should be going with SP2 for Exchange 2010.  My question is: what hotfix rollup level of Exchange 2010 server can be considered to be really stable?  In reviewing the issues that come with Exchange 2010 SP2 and various hotfix rollup levels I'm seeing a decent number of issues covering installation as well as operation of the different server components that are part of Exchange 2010.  Microsoft has always demonstrated an uncanny ability to break things even as they try to fix them with SP's, hotfixes, etc.  The latest incarnation of hotfix rollups, from what I can see, is Exchange 2010 SP2 rollup 7.  Should I just go with this latest release, or are there caveats on this that dictate that I should install a prior rollup level, and then wait until they "fix" whatever is not whole in rollup 7?

As this is more an advisory question, and is not an active technical issue affecting client operations, I'm assigning this 200 points.

Thanks in advance for your input.
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I'm using Windows 2008 R2 with Exchange 2010 with the newest updates and find it very stable compared to the earlier roll ups. I've had no issues. This of course is only my experience with my particular server, with is not the newest. So I would assume that on a good solid new Dell, you should be doing just fine.
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Windows 2008 R2 with Exchange 2010 SP2 is the best option or what i would say to be so you can get all features and can use them to the most.

I wouldnt suggest to proceed with any RU after SP2 as of yet for you and enjoi so you can always plan for it rest check for Exchange 2010 SP2 features and requirements.

- Rancy
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Thanks to all for your input.  Per comments by Akhater and Sembee2 I am understanding that Rollup 4V2 is stable and running well on your respective servers.  I'll be awarding the points to you both, and will be installing RU 4V2 on the new server.   Thanks again and best for the holidays.