Service packs keep Exchange running right

Discusses necessary conditions to have a proper installation of Exchange service packs.

Service packs keep Exchange running right
Adesh Rampat

This tip, as its title implies, is about installing Exchange service packs. We want to have as many Exchange tips as we can get; they help all searchWin2000 members. You can send us your own tip easily by following this link.


The installation of an Exchange Service Pack is pretty much straightforward, and it is always advisable to have the latest service pack installed to have Exchange functioning properly.

Some network administrators take a very cautious approach when installing service packs for Exchange, because so many things can go wrong after the installation. But if you just take the necessary precautions, everything should go fine.

Service pack installation updates vital Exchange services such as the information store, so it is advisable that you do a full backup before the installation.

Restart the Exchange Server before installing a service pack. This ensures that all services are both shutting down and restarting properly.

Communicate with vendors of any third party applications installed to verify the application's compatibility with the service pack.

Getting Ready to Install The Service Pack

You should:

  • Disable any anti-virus application that maybe running.
  • Disable any backup application that may be running.
  • Disable any other application that may be running and is not needed for the installation of the service pack.

After the completion of the service pack installation, restart the Exchange Server and enable all third-party applications. As an option, you can run the Exchange Performance Optimizer to ensure proper operation of Exchange.


Adesh Rampat has 10 years experience with network and IT administration. He is a member of the Association of Internet Professionals, the Institute for Network Professionals and the International Webmasters Association. He has also lectured extensively on a variety of topics.

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Related Book

Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server Administrator's Guide
Author : David McAmis
Publisher : Prima Publishing
Published : Dec 2000
Summary :
Whether you are administering an Exchange Server for 10 users or 10,000, this book provides you with the technical information you'll need to successfully manage Exchange 2000 Server. This invaluable resource is perfect for you, the system administrator, who installs and manages the day-to-day operations of Exchange Server.


This was first published in July 2001

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