Windows Updates Exchange Server 2010 Win2k8 R2 SP1

Hi experts,

I`d like to install the Schannel Update on an exchange server 2010 (on Win2k R2 Sp1).
On this server haven`t windows updates been installed since about 5 months.

What I would do now is following:
- Check online for updates
- Choose critical updates
- Install critical updates

Do you know any updates that should not bei installed on Windows Server 2008 R2 Sp1 when Exchange 2010 ist installed? Do you know any issues?

How do you handle windows updates on your Exchange Servers?

Thanks in advance!
SystemadministrationAsked:
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SreRajCommented:
Hi,

You could refer following TechNet Blog for latest Service Packs and Cumulative Updates released for Exchange Servers. It also have information regarding reported issues after installing SP/CU.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/

It is advised to install Exchange patches separately. It is found that if you install Exchange Updates along with Windows Updates, some of the Exchange Services will be in disabled state after reboot.

Exchange being installed on a server does not require additional patches on the server. You will have to patch components like .Net. As you have mentioned, You could do a search from Windows Update and it will show all available patches for the server.
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SystemadministrationAuthor Commented:
OK, thank you that is what I wanted to do.
First apply Windows updates and then in some weeks install the latest Update rollup for Exchange.
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SreRajCommented:
This will be fine.
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SystemadministrationAuthor Commented:
It`s always a bit tricky with backup/restore of an Exchange Server when doing updates.

How do you solve that?

We have the opportunity to make a VM-Backup (our Exchange is virtual).
I would stop (and disable) all incoming and outgoing mail, disconnect all Outlook Clients and would perform a VM backup.
Then I would start the updates and reboots of the Server.
What if I find problems? Would I be fine to restore the whole VM?

How do you solve that?
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SreRajCommented:
You should be taking backup using an Exchange Aware Backup Solution. It will clean database log files after backup. You could take Full Backup during weekends and Incremental Backups during weekdays. Both Full & Incremental backups clears log files after successful completion of backup. This combination will help you to restore database to the date where failure has happened. VM Backup will not allow you to restore Exchange Database.
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