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I had previously mentioned that Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 would be coming this year – and it’s here! I’m pleased to announce the availability of Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 which is ready to download.

We’re delighted to continually add value to Exchange as part of our ongoing release rhythm and the enhancements in this Service Park are largely due to your feedback. SP2 includes much anticipated features such as the Hybrid Configuration Wizard, Address Book Policies, Outlook Web App Mini and Cross-Site Silent Redirection for Outlook Web App as well as customer requested fixes and rollups released prior to Service Pack 2.

As we did with SP1, Service Pack 2 is a fully slipstreamed version of Exchange with 13 server languages and 66 client languages (including English) available in a single package. There is no separate download for client and server languages; you’ll only need to download and install separate language packs if you have Unified Messaging.

Please check out the features in more detail or download SP2 and try them out yourself.

I had also announced that we would support the on-premises configuration of Exchange in a multi-tenant environment. In order to receive support, we’ll publish a follow-up blog shortly that will outline some scenarios and point to our detailed guidance. Please stay tuned.

Thanks again to our TAP participants and you, our customers for all of the great feedback that you provide us!

Kevin Allison
General Manager
Exchange Customer Experience

Updates

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Hurry up with those release notes and what's new pages :)

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Please check out the features in more detail or download SP2 and try them out yourself.

--> Link Check out the features not working :-(

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Nice timing as I complete a deployment.  Let's see the bug fixes ;)

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Vish - Read the end of the post, they said the links won't be available on TechNet right away...

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Already have it in production to resolve some outstanding issues. Only problem is the Exchange Management Console will not launch correctly in our production environment. Unexpected error while executing command 'Get-LinkedRoleGroupForLogonUser'. Error on all the exchanage servers, and with different accounts. Works fine in my test environment. Production does have an empty root domain however.

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CAS Prerequisites SETUP error:

The "IIS WMI Compatibility" component is required.  Install the component via the Web Server Manager.

Above is already installed (ticked and greyed out)

Ideas?

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Perfect timing, haven't finished building our production environment yet, so there's still time to load SP2 in the dev environment, and make sure we're ready when we setup the production environment.

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CAS Prerequisites SETUP error:

The "IIS WMI Compatibility" component is required.  Install the component via the Web Server Manager.

Above is already installed (ticked and greyed out)

RESOLUTION (Tony Redmond):

thoughtsofanidlemind.wordpress.com/.../installing-exchange-2010-sp2

Import-Module ServerManager

Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework, RSAT-ADDS, Web-Server, Web-Basic-Auth, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-Metabase, Web-Net-Ext, Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console, WAS-Process-Model, RSAT-Web-Server, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-Digest-Auth, Web-Dyn-Compression, NET-HTTP-Activation, RPC-Over-HTTP-Proxy, Web-WMI –Restart

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I just had to do this

Import-Module ServerManager

enable-windowsfeature web-wmi

And installation went with no problems (on 5 servers in my LAB)

Vojin

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Thanks for the release notes ! I just upgraded my lab ;-)

To upgrade without Setup error :

setup.com /m:upgrade /InstallWindowsComponents

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Here's the detailed multi-tenancy and hosting guidance for anyone that's looking for it:

www.microsoft.com/.../details.aspx

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Thanks

been waiting for this thing

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Is there a schema change when installing SP2 in an exchange 2010 environment with SP1?

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@Schema Change???: Yes, there's a schema change, as mentioned in the announcement:

Announcing Exchange 2010 SP2.

In order to support these newly added features, there will be a requirement for customers to update their Active Directory schema. We’ve heard the feedback loud and clear from our customers on multiple occasions regarding delays

that can be caused to deployment as a result of needing to update your schema and as such with the release of Exchange 2010 SP2 are communicating the required changes ahead of release in order to assist our customers with planning their upgrade path ahead

of time.

Additionally, you can find schema update details in

Exchange Server Changes to the Active Directory Schema, which outlines schema changes from Exchange 2003 through Exchange 2010 SP2.

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Will you provide a step-by-step instructions about how to achieve multi-tenancy with Exchange 2010 SP2 ?

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@nawaral: As indicated in the post, we will outline some multi-tenant scenarios and point to our detailed guidance.

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Thanks, quick question, does schema change require for Auto-Mapping?

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@andy: A schema change is required to install SP2. Please refer to the schema change doc on MSDN (link in my previous comment and now also in the Updates section in the post).

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can someone confirm if KB2579172 is included in SP2?

technet.microsoft.com/.../hh672189.aspx

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You link to technet.microsoft.com/.../bb691354.aspx as the prerequisites for Exchange 2010 sp2.

Note that it's dated:  Topic Last Modified: 2011-09-20

These are the OLD prerequisites.... where's any NEW prereq's for Exchange 2010 sp2?

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Where is the standalone version of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP2 Help ?

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Do you need to install the SP1 PreReqs such as KB979099, KB979744, KB983440, KB977020 and KB979099 if setting up a new EXCH2010 SP2 from scratch?  

In other words, are you basically preparing the server for SP1 (but then using the EXCH2010 SP2 media to update the AD schema)?

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I should clarify, if you're installing EXCH2010 SP2 from scratch on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, what are the prereqs other than AD schema changes?

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I just tested if he error with the delay deleting elements in OLK 2003 in online mode is fixed with SP2.

The good news is, as far as, I can say until now: this seems to be fixed.

What's not that nice is, that it took 53 seconds (stopwatch) for a sent messsage to disappear of the outgoing folder.

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I have tried SP2 on one machine which has Management Tools only. The Exchange Management Console is now unusable: "Initialization failed" "The following error occurred when retrieving user information for... The term 'Get-LinkedRoleGroupForLogonUser' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program."

Now does that mean that an SP2 console doesn't work without SP2 servers to connect to? Or has something broken?

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I have an environement has exchange 2007 sp3 and I thinking of installing Exchange 2010 sp2 but I have question is Can I install Exchange 2010 sp1 after installing Exchange 2010 sp2 ??

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@Susan and @tork247 - The SP1 pre-requisites still apply to SP2.  In addition, as indicated in the release notes for SP2 you need to install additional IIS components.

Ross

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Nice job, looks like some great new features. With regards to address book policies, any plans to implement a parameter such as 'isDefaultAddressBookPolicy'. Very similar to 'IsDefaultGlobalAddressList' or IsDefaultPolicy (ActiveSync). I believe it would bring value to have the ability to create a ABP that all users inherit by default.

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Thanks Exchange team for bringing SP2 out. I do however have a question. Does this SP2 includes the Recommended Windows Hotfix for Database Availability Groups running Windows Server 2008 R2 hotfixes that were mentioned just two articles ago? If not do i apply them first before installing SP2 or after installing SP2.

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Are UDP issues resolved for O2003 Online mode?

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RobK: The recommended hotfix for DAGs in a Windows hotfix, not an Exchange hotfix.  Thus, it is not included in Exchange 2010 SP2.  The order in which you install these two items (the hotfix and SP2) typically does not matter.  However, we would recommend that both be installed.

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Anyone heard on RIM support for SP2 (BESEXPRESS 5.03)

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@Scott - the issue is on a SBS box Exchange 2010 sp1 already was on there and it was the product team that installed the hotfixes.  Just confirming that none of these are new ones, if we had them before, either us installing them on standalone servers or the sbs dev team, there are no new ones to be installed.

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@Sean C -

The UDP notification work we delivered has been working correctly since its release in E2010 SP1 RU3.  The underlying issue that many customers have seen with Online Mode clients has been due to view change notification issues; specifically that view change notifications are not returned in the same RPC buffer that included the move/deletion RPC operation response.  This issue affected all Outlook versions operating in online mode.  In the case of OL2003, this results in extra roundtrips for a client to pull notification information from the server as the original call has completed, so the RPC Client Access service has to fire a UDP notification to get the client’s attention that a change within the folder has occurred.

We have addressed this view change notification issue in E2010 SP2.

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@ Kris - A default ABP does sort of exist really, in that the GAL shown is the one set as IsDefaultGlobalAddressList (assuming it is left as default filter-wise), and there is a default OAB, and all AL's are shown by default. So the fallback/default is, the default pre-sp2.

I get the suggestion, and we did did consider it, but we decided to make the default ABP effectively the default that you see when you have no ABP's at all.

We did make sure we added the ABP picker to the new-mailbox wizard to make sure that an ABP can be assigned on creation, as we think that's important once ABP's are in use. Obviously the cmdlets support that too.

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@Neil Flanagan - Yes, you need SP2 servers to connect to in order to resolve your issue.  When EMC is opened it establishes a connection over Remote Powershell.  The cmdlet which is being called is new in SP2 and thus if your EMC session attaches to an SP1 server, the server won't understand how to respond appropriately and cause an EMC failure.

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Can you tell me if the issue described in the thread below is fixed in SP2? At the bottom of the thread, there's a link to the issue in the Microsoft Partner Forums where we were told the issue was scheduled to be fixed in SP2.

social.technet.microsoft.com/.../fb176b60-a30f-484f-97a8-65bee0f22bf9

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Don't install SP2 if you set powershell execution rules in GPO. Seems this allready happened with SP1. Just blew up an exchange server...

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I hope this post that applied to repair exchange after failed SP1 Installation with that problem will help now too. Luckily I tried it out in a test deployment.

www.spad.co.uk/blog

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Is this recommended for SBS 2011?

I will be rolling out several SBS 2011 installations in the near future. Is there a way to install SP2 during the initial install of SBS, or must it be applied as a patch to the stock installation of Exchange 2010?

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Is there a list of any additional fixes that were done post RU6 and included in the SP2?

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Should be worded: Install the Exchange 2010 SP1 Hotfixes for Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM

SP1 for Server 2008 R2 includes all of the mentioned hotfix prerequisites.

Is this true?  It's a comment on the Technet article for Prerequisites.

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@Jonathan the Exchange sp2 cannot be slipped into the install of SBS 2011.  It has to be done afterwards.  Asking the SBS sustained engineering folks to blog their guidance for SBS.

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It is buggy! The installation faild and nothing is working anymore!

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We had an transport agent assembly that worked fine in SP1 but apparently didn't work once SP2 was installed and the Transport Service would start, but stop a few seconds later.  We uninstalled the transport agent and the Transport Service started working again, but perhaps the Transport Service should should be coded such that a failing Transport Agent assembly wouldn't crash the Transport service.

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Is there a separated SP2 for a UM languages packs?

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@ Daniel: All that you should have to do in that case is remove the policy as per the KB article and then re-run SP setup. That being said - it is not very obvious what is going on and we are evaluating how to deal with this in the future.

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"I just tested if he error with the delay deleting elements in OLK 2003 in online mode is fixed with SP2.

The good news is, as far as, I can say until now: this seems to be fixed.

What's not that nice is, that it took 53 seconds (stopwatch) for a sent messsage to disappear of the outgoing folder. "

I can confirm this as well. It's better but the outbox folder takes a while to update. 55 seconds is about right. I wish this was resolved. OTher than that thanks for the update.

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Where can I get a detailed list of all the fixes included in SP2?

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Hi

Could you give us an example of what configuration steps need to be made in order to set up two generic tenants ?

Thank you