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You have been eagerly waiting, and we have been working hard over the summer to deliver the latest Exchange Server 2010 enhancements as soon as possible. I am extremely happy to announce the availability of Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1, ready for download here.

We released the SP1 beta at Tech Ed North America in June. We also shared some of the SP1 enhancements in Yes Virginia, there is an Exchange Server 2010 SP1 back in April. Since then, almost 500,000 SP1 mailboxes have gone into production in Technology Adoption Program (TAP) customer environments.

Rather than recap all the SP1 features, I want to let a few of our Exchange TAP customers tell you what they loved.

Exchange has been the most resilient and trusted solution for enterprise Email for many years now and when Exchange 2010 originally RTM’ed, I thought, what else could be improved… But the Exchange product group and the TAP group members have done just that in Service Pack 1.

From improvements to manageability for both administrators and users to better control and resiliency within the SMTP stack, and fantastic improvements in Unified Messaging, the list of improvements and features in Service Pack 1 amazes even an old Exchange guy like me (who has worked on Exchange since early 4.0 days). Of all the improvements in SP1, my favorite so far is the Audit Logging improvements available in the Exchange Management Shell and the Exchange Control Panel.

All I can say is, “Great job Microsoft Exchange Product Group on another fantastic product!”

Gary Cooper, Horizons Consulting

Calendar publishing is awesome. When working with people outside our organization, instead of fumbling around in multiple emails or phone calls “Is Tuesday at 3 PM good? How about next Wednesday at 9:30?” I can just send them a link to my calendar. Now if more organizations would get to Exchange 2010 and federate their free\busy (including Microsoft)....

Joseph Nguyen, University of Oklahoma

One of the most common criticisms from our customers regarding Exchange and OWA had been its lack of cross-browser and open systems support. Although we saw major improvements in Exchange 2010, SP1 has built upon this and taken things to the next level. SP1’s OWA experience is now class-leading and the addition of open standards calendar sharing is a feature we’ve been asked for many times - and have now been able to deliver. With SP1, our users can choose to share their Calendar in HTML and iCal formats, enabling real time sharing with external colleagues or access to their calendar from platforms and clients without Exchange support.

In addition to the OWA improvements, we’ve been delighted with some of the other new features. On the client side features like auto mapping of shared mailboxes to user’s Outlook 2010 profiles will remove a support headache.

In the datacentre, the support for online archives on a separate database from the primary mailbox is the green light for archiving implementation. Finally the ability to import and export PSTs without needing Outlook installed are a welcome addition and will be particularly useful when we begin importing archive PSTs back into Exchange for online archiving.

Steve Goodman, Aston University

And a word from Dimension Data, one of Exchange’s Global Partners.

Exchange 2010 SP1 is a great example of how Microsoft is rapidly responding to customer and partner feedback. We believe these new enhancements to the archiving functionality, improved Outlook Web App experiences, and expanded mobility capabilities can only accelerate the already strong customer demand we’ve seen for upgrades. And, the continual innovation delivered by Microsoft Exchange enables our business to maintain strong relationships with our customers by always having the ability to offer them new, next generation scenarios to consider and deploy.

Peter Menadue, Group General Manager, Microsoft Solutions at Dimension Data

Once again, a huge thank you to all of our customers, TAP participants, and EHLO readers for downloading the SP1 Beta, and the constant stream of great feedback. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Kevin Allison
GM – Exchange Customer Experience

151 Comments
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Hip hip hoorayyyy!!
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Wohooo! Congrats to the Product Group!
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Excellent work as always by a dedicated team!
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Cheers!
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Has SP1 addressed address list segregation?  Last I saw a white paper was still in the works to migrate address list segregation from E2K7 SP3.
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Can Exch2010 SP1 Beta be upgraded to the RTM?
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Kudos to the Exchange team for a FABULOUS release! It has many of the features we really, really wanted, including archive and primary mailboxes on different databases.

Any news on the Outlook 2007 update to allow archive access?

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@ Kelvin - we do not have new Address List Segragation guidance yet. Please stay tuned for additional information on the subject.

@ itKansas - this is not a tested scenario; we do not support Beta products in production environment. I fthis is the lab that you are talking about, I'd suggest joining other SP1 machine into it, and move mailboxes etc.
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GREAT WORK !!!! congrats to Product Group!!!!!!
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To answer Kelvin question of "Has SP1 addressed address list segregation?  Last I saw a white paper was still in the works to migrate address list segregation from E2K7 SP3."

Status has not change we are still looking at this issue and will have more info on this in a later post, but no SP1 does not address addressed list segregation the support statment is the same.  
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Great Newsssss
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@Jeff Sullivan (explanation expanded for the benefit of the rest of the readers) - In my April blog announcing the capabilities that are included in SP1, I also announced our plans to introduce an update to Outlook 2007 which enables users to access the Exchange Server 2010 Personal Archive.  We are excited to have been able to bring you SP1 so quickly this summer rather than later in the year as we originally forecast.  We are still committed to delivering the Outlook 2007 capability and this update will be made available along with a broader set of updates for Outlook in the first half of 2011.

-Michael Atalla
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@matalla: Thanks for the update. Are we talking later in the first half of 2011?
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@Jeff Sullivan - as soon as we can provide a more precise delivery date, you can be confident we'll share via this blog.
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I'm excited to install this and start utilizing the archiving improvements.  In the article, one of your customers states "On the client side features like auto mapping of shared mailboxes to user’s Outlook 2010 profiles will remove a support headache."  What is auto mapping of shared mailboxes and where can I find more info on this?
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Congratulation! Great work!
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Awesome news and great timing! I will be able to coordinate an upgrade to SP1 prior to my implementation of a Cisco CallManager VoIP system over the next couple months! :) I feel like it's Christmas come early!
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Hi

I'm a bit baffled, that my lab-computer (Server 2008 R2 Standard, domain controller, exchange 2010 mbx, cas & hub-role) needs to install updates from 4 different KBs
It's the CAS-role that requires the following:
http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/KB982867
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=3052&kbid=979744
http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/KB983440
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977020

3 of them (if I count correct) refers to being applicable to Windows 7 - Now I know that it's basically the same codebase as server 2008 r2, but honestly - One of the hotfix'es aren't even available as a download-link without first contacting MS-support :( aaaand it's patches from 3 different microsoft sites! As if, they're not quite done and thoroughly tested yet.

For further info, I can say I have MySQL running on it, together with PHP5 ISAPI-plugin to IIS (but that shouldn't have anything to do with the ASP.NET-issues I reckon.

Have anyone else run into this? I'm gonna wait with upgrading to SP1 now until given enough time, that I actually want to install these updates :D So, this is just info from me saying.. hey.. if you have that problem too, then, you're not alone! :D

Anyway, good news - Looking forward to having SP1 installed eventually :)
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Cheers!
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I just downloaded the new SP1. I'm look forward to see all the benefits from it!!! A question that come to my mind is, why the download page states the following? : I have several Exchange 2010 in place already and I have plans to install some more. Thank you!

Expiration Notice
For new installations, this time-limited, free version of Exchange Server 2010 SP1 will end 120 days after installation.
Current licensing information will be preserved if the SP1 update is applied to existing installations of Exchange Server 2010
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It requires a filter pack update to 2010 and _4_ Hotfixes not published to Windows Update or any service packs yet.  Makes for pretty messy pre-req downloading via code.msdn.microsoft.com.

Hopefully these will be pushed to windows update soon?
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wheres the missing updates required for unified messaging?
(windows server 2008 R2)
Thanks
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Upgrade failed in our environment during Install-MailboxRole due to not being able to resolve the "Discovery Management" group, even though it does exist. I've posted the full error on the forum. We're running all roles except Edge on a single machine in a single domain forest. We were upgrading from Rollup 4 on Windows Server 2008 R2.
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Justin can you elaborate on your post?

Justin King said:
It requires a filter pack update to 2010 and _4_ Hotfixes not published to Windows Update or any service packs yet.  Makes for pretty messy pre-req downloading via code.msdn.microsoft.com.
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Great news, is it possible to migrate from Exchange 2007 with multi-tenant configuration to 2010 SP1 hosted ?

Thx ;)
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@Jo - I assume you mean migrating from HMC to /hosting?  Yes it is possible to migrate, but you must move to a new forest in the process and the guidance is not yet released.  In your planning you should also consider that there are some features that cannot be used in multi-tenant mode.  See this for starters:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff923272(EXCHG.141).aspx
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This is awesome..  we are in 2010 pilot right now and were holding off on full deployment until SP1 comes out since we are doing the upgrade for the new archive features.  You guys just made my day.  We will probably let it bake a month before deploying it but thank you for getting it out much earlier than you expected.
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@Scott Landry : Yes i was talking about HMC :) Ok so we need to create a new forest with new DC ?

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Now that SP1 is out, personal archive is finally able to deliver the features needed for me to yank EV out, but when are we going to see the patch to make it usable in Outlook 2k7?
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@Art, I got this, which is what he was talking about:

Warning:
This computer requires the Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs. Please install the software from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=191548

Client Access Role Prerequisites
Failed

Error:
Install hotfix Microsoft Knowledge Base article 982867 from http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/KB982867.
Click here for help... http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/library/ms.exch.err.default(EXCHG.141).aspx?v=14.1.218.11&e=ms.exch.err.Ex28883C&l=0&cl=cp

Error:
This computer requires the update described in Microsoft Knowledge Base article 979744 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=3052&kbid=979744). Please install the required update to proceed.
Click here for help... http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/library/ms.exch.err.default(EXCHG.141).aspx?v=14.1.218.11&e=ms.exch.err.Ex28883C&l=0&cl=cp

Error:
Install hotfix Microsoft Knowledge Base article 983440 from http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/KB983440.
Click here for help... http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/library/ms.exch.err.default(EXCHG.141).aspx?v=14.1.218.11&e=ms.exch.err.Ex28883C&l=0&cl=cp

Error:
This computer requires the update described in Microsoft Knowledge Base article 977020 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977020). Please install the required update to proceed.
Click here for help... http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/library/ms.exch.err.default(EXCHG.141).aspx?v=14.1.218.11&e=ms.exch.err.Ex28883C&l=0&cl=cp
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@Will: Please take a look at Michael Atalla's response in comments above.
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Agree with Justin.

This is a messy one with a bunch of hotfixes that have not been regression tested. Why?
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@Exchange Alright -- So I know its not "supported" but SP1 Beta folks do exist.  Since its not supported, its up to the community at large to do the work.  Of course I recommend taking backups of the store prior to any upgrade, especially this one.  That being said, I had no problem apply the update from SP1 Beta to SP1 RTM.  Store has mounted, I ran an integrity check, all is good.  All functions (mail flow, client access, OWA, etc) are testing fine.  Offline defrag and remounted, all good.  So for those who are running SP1 Beta, at first glance, the upgrade to SP1 RTM seems to be fairly easy and pain free.  Of course, your results may vary and again, backup backup backup, prior to starting it.
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I agree with the filter pack and 4 hotfixes. At least bundle them with the SP1 install!
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Great newz. is CAS to CAS proxying issue been resolved? EX2010 users were unable to set OOF from OA. Hope this is been addressed.
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Finally! Hopefully the beta experiences will be fully confirmed in this RTM!
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I noticed on the list of discontinued features is the free antispam updates.  It refers me to a link to Forefront.  Last I checked, Forefront wasn't free.  All I need is lightweight SPAM handling like Exchange 2003 has done for years and Exchange 2010 RTM has done for the past few months.  Why have you removed this feature?
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This error was being reported when trying to install SP1

Client Access Role
Failed

Error:
The following error was generated when "$error.Clear();
Start-SetupProcess -Name "iisreset" -Args "/noforce /timeout:120"

" was run: "Process execution failed with exit code 1062.".
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Cool, we are waiting for this release.

Thanks
KAmal K. Paliwal
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Great,
Has anything been changed to the UDP notification (problem with Outlook 2003) ?
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Nice. Calendar sharing is a welcome add-on, but noticed that the url given to users is on a http protocol and not https. This is unfortunate as our owa server is not available on http. Manually changing the url to https works, but would be nice if this could be set in the configuration.
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Exchange 2010 RTM Version:
AdminDisplayVersion : Version 14.0 (Build 639.21)
Exchange 2010 SP1 Version:
AdminDisplayVersion : Version 14.1 (Build 218.15)

Why the build version is totally different?
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I'm busy doing a transition from Exchange 2003 to exchange 2010 (both sigle server), is it usefull to upgrade Exchange to sp1 or to wait after the Exchange 2003 server is completely removed from the enviroment?
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I have remote domain called "Default" with "*" as domain name. After upgrade I see warning:
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Microsoft Exchange Warning
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Warnings

Get-RemoteDomain
Completed

Warning:
The object Default has been corrupted, and it's in an inconsistent state. The following validation errors happened:

Warning:
You can't specify the "*" domain as the Target Delivery domain.



Get-RemoteDomain  -Identity '3b49610a-ac82-4344-8370-bf5930fcd39f'
Completed

Warning:
The object Default has been corrupted, and it's in an inconsistent state. The following validation errors happened:

Warning:
You can't specify the "*" domain as the Target Delivery domain.


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OK
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Can You explain this?
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Awesome…Great work done by Exchange Product Team....
Many-many congratulations and thanks to this team.
There are many cool features and visible enhancement in Exchange 2010 SP1 and these enhancement starts form its installation itself.
Like the Exchange pre-requisite installation which is always time consuming and user always misses one or more items. So now with SP1 new installation wizard, which bundles pre-requisites installation step  and allows users to install all the pre-requisites needed for Exchange 2010 except the filter pack and 4 hotfixes. I hope Microsoft will bundle all the missing filter pack and needed hotfixes in the update service very soon.

Kamal K. Paliwal
Advaiya Solution Pvt. Ltd.
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Outlook Cross-Site Connection Behavior
Awesome work team well done, I am in the middle of a new deployment of Exchange 2010 in a multiple site DAG solution ,  one feature I looked forward to in SP1 was the Outlook Cross-Site Connection Behavior, is this missing from this release?

Colin Giles
Business Systems Group
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Got an "AuthorizationManager check failed" halfway through the mailbox server upgrade and now the server is totally screwed. I had to delete my windows profile just to get powershell to work again and now I can't do an install, upgrade, uninstall or /RecoverServer - looks like a total rebuild to get it working again :(
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SP1 is out, personal archive is finally, but where ist the patch to make it usable in Outlook 2007? What is the KB number? Give it a Beta Release of the Outlook 2007 patch?
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Where ist the personal archive patch to Outlook 2007?
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Congratulations to the whole team! I must say I dind't expect to release this SP1 so soon. However, where do we find a list with all fixes and upgrades that brings SP1?
For example, does SP1 resolves the OAB issues: "OABGen could not generate full details for some entries in the offline address list for address list 'Global Address List'." ?