Applying Exchange Server 2010 Service Packs and Rollups

I have Exchange Server 2010 (Version 14.02.0247.005) running on MS Server 2008 R2 Standard. It is a small 40-50 user system with a single database/server. There is a second server (Server 2008 R2 Standard) running AD, DNS, DHCP and file/print services.

I have never applied any Exchange SPs or rollups. I would like to implement system wide archiving which appears from what I have read to require some later level SPs in order to work properly.

1. Does anyone have experience with taking an Exchange server from this level up to Exchange SP3?

2. Can I simply apply SP3 or do I need to install prior SPs before SP3?

3. Can anyone recommend a link to procedures for accomplishing this?
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Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
You need to apply the SP first and then CU (Cumulative updates).  If your Exchange is multiple servers then I could update cas/hub/edge and then mailbox server.  Enough you have good backups.
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
1. Does anyone have experience with taking an Exchange server from this level up to Exchange SP3?
Yes I do.

2. Can I simply apply SP3 or do I need to install prior SPs before SP3?
Yes you can go directly to SP3. Service Packs are cumulative so the Service Pack 3 will have all of the fixes that were introduced to SP2 and SP1.

The link below outlines exactly how to accomplish this and in what order.

You will need to make sure that when you are installing SP3 that your account is part of the Enterprise Admins and Schema Admins group in Active Directory, because SP3 requires a Schema update.

Rollup are also the same as Service Packs as the are cumulative. So you can install the most recent Rollup for Exchange 2010 SP3 Rollup 9.
See the link below for all Rollup details and downloads.

@Mohammed -
CU (Cumulative updates).  
CU updates relate to Exchange 2013. Rollups are strictly for Exchange 2007/2010.

Not the confuse the asker.


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GreenWingRiderAuthor Commented:

Thank You for actually reading my entire post and responding to each of my questions (as so many on this site tend NOT to do).

One other question. Am I right in thinking I should apply SP3 before trying to implement archiving?
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
I would definitely make sure that all of your Exchange Servers are on the same service pack level along with the same RollUps as well.

Do this first before implementing Archiving.

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