Hot on the heels of the Exchange Server 2010 SP2 release in December, Microsoft announced the availability of the first rollup update that includes a whopping 58 fixes.
Some administrators and IT managers may be surprised at both how quickly the rollup was delivered as well as the sheer number of fixes included. Among some observers, there appears to be two schools of thought.
“When I looked at the fixes included in this rollup, there wasn’t anything that grabbed my attention. It just seems to be clearing up various errors,” said Tony Redmond, an Exchange expert.
Another analyst had a different take.
“I was very surprised by the number of fixes. There were double the amount of fixes that rollups usually include. It almost makes it seem like the product is unstable,” said Rob Sanfilippo, an Exchange analyst with Directions on Microsoft, an independent analysis firm based in Kirkland, Wash.
Microsoft has addressed several crash issues in this release. To name two: the Exchange Control Panel would crash if an RBAC assignee attempted to manage another user’s mailbox prior to the rollup. Also, the Microsoft Exchange Information store would crash in an Exchange 2010 environment.
But Redmond points out that Exchange admins shouldn’t be too concerned with the application itself and what might appear to be serious problems. “Crashes happen all the time and these are mostly all edge cases that have been fixed,” he said.
One thing both agreed on was that any and all rollup update skepticism should be put to bed.
“Quality control has obviously been improved from both a testing and rollout standpoint,” said Sanfilippo. “This rollup is indicative of the attention paid after [Microsoft's] past two fiascos,” Redmond said.
Other important fixes in Exchange 2010 SP2 RU 1 include:
- Prior to Exchange 2010 SP2 RU 1, a user could still open an IRM-protected email message after he was removed from the associated AD RMS rights policy template. This was a security issue that could have led to confidential information being leaked.
- Microsoft applied numerous fixes for mixed environments. Many companies still rely on older versions of Exchange working in in conjunction with Exchange 2010. If that includes you, then this rollup is important.
- An Exchange Server 2010 database store will no longer grow inexplicably large. The fix imposes limits on the size of Exchange Server 2010 database stores.
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