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Exchange 2010 To Get Third Service Pack

If you want to run Exchange 2010 on Windows Server 2012, you'll need Service Pack 3, which may not arrive until the first half of next year.

I'm sure Windows Server 2012 product managers (all 100 of them, if I were to guess) aren't happy with the wait. That means Windows Server 2012 must be quite a bit different than Windows Server 2008. It also means these product managers are going to have a hard time selling their new server to shops with Exchange, which is nearly every Microsoft shop I know of.

It may be that this service pack will ship around the time Exchange 2013 releases, which some are guessing could be in February (but others expect later).

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Posted by Doug Barney on 09/28/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Tue, Oct 2, 2012 Andre Vermont

We run Kerio Connect. I really like it. It is easy to install, stable, and provides just about everything that Exchange does, for less money. I never have to deal with corrupted databases or any of the other headaches I hear Exchange techs complain about. It was a no brainer for us since I didn't need to go get trained on Exchange for $2,500, or whatever it was. I already had sufficient experience working with other mail servers to not need further training, plus, Kerio Connect is nowhere near as complicated to setup as Exchange is. Perhaps the larger enterprises need that complexity but us smaller companies don't.

Sat, Sep 29, 2012 Chris

We implement server upgrades and replacements based on business needs, not Microsoft sales requirements. While Server 2012 is being tested, there are no immedeate plans to implement them in production, despite an enterprise contract that will provide licensing to do so.

Fri, Sep 28, 2012

I'd be really surprised to read that it would be possible any sooner. In my quarter-century in Microsoft-centric IT, it's been the same story: A handful of machines are (at least potentially) upgradable or migratable on the day the OS is released. But most have to wait for 3rd-party ISVs, or MS themselves, to catch up. Then add the IT planning and coordination that's required. Enterprise upgrades don't happen overnight. The bulk of remaining Win XP machines with IE6 at this point are probably enterprise machines. Every-other-version upgrades are more the rule than the exception. Exchange upgrades, in particular, are always a big project, involving big, complex architecture changes across multiple servers, and neither Exchange nor its underlying OS ever upgrade-in-place. I don't think anyone responsible for WS2012 or EX2010 is really sweating this. If EX2010 SP3 is ready in 1H2013, there will be plenty of Exchange sites that will run SP3 on WS2008 or WS2008 R2 for many, many more months after that. MS: Don't listen to Doug. Please make EX2010 on WS2012 right; don't make it fast.

Fri, Sep 28, 2012 Dan Iowa

I think the whole premise that IT won't buy Server 2012 until Exchange 2010 has a service pack is silly. That may be true for small IT shops, but most large IT shops need to get their hands on Server 2012 now. They have enough other servers to worry about that by the time they are ready to migrate their Exchange servers to 2012, the SP and probably the next version of Exchange will already be out.

Fri, Sep 28, 2012 Chris Florida

If IT shops have been around for more than 5 seconds, they know not to run out and install a new MS server product on day 1. Just wait a few months and enjoy not pulling your hair out. For my company, we are an MSP, most of our clients run SBS so it doesn't matter anyway.

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