Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Slipstreaming Rollup Updates Into Exchange 2010 Installation

Hi folks,

If you are working on a large deployment of Exchange 2010 servers in addition to the latest service pack (SP) you will also need to have latest Rollup Update (RU) installed. Please note that Service Pack installations are the separate builds and there's no need to integrate them into Exchange installation files. So for example to install SP3 you simply need to extract files and run installation running setup.exe (for GUI) or setup.com (for unattended).

Back to RU now. Slipstreaming process is fairly easy. All you need to do is to place MSP file for the latest RU into the Update subfolder of your Exchange 2010 installation folders.

After that you run installation command and wait for the end of installation.

And here you go! In my case I have installed Exchange 2010 SP3 with RU5 without any additional effort.

And when you check Exchange version using Exchange Management Console (for some reason in 2010 PowerShell doesn't reveal RU version information) you are getting 14.03.0181.006 which corresponds to RU5 for SP3 (as it is my scenario). This may differ in yours.

Alternatively, you can find it in Windows Updates applet of Control Panel by running see Installed Updates.

Please note that you will need to keep this file structure available to you for any installs, uninstalls or updates of your Exchange build on a server you installed it at.

Finally, in Exchange 2013 the servicing model has been changed and you now have Cumulative Updates (CU) published every quarter and SP published every year. Every CU and SP is now a separate build, so they can be installed using Setup /m:Install on the new servers and Setup /m:Upgrade on the new servers.