Exchange 2010 SP3 Released

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Exchange Team has released service pack 3 for 2010 deployments.

The service pack was scheduled for Q1 of 2013 and the wait is over now! Exchange 2010 SP3 allows 2010 servers to coexist with Exchange 2013 CU1, which is also scheduled to be released in Q1 2013.

2010 SP3 brings update to AD & database schema. As a result, when mailbox servers are upgraded to Exchange 2010 SP3, the databases are upgraded to the SP3 version of the database schema. After a database has been updated to the SP3 schema, it can’t be mounted on a pre-SP3 mailbox server.

A DAG member that is running an older version of Exchange 2010 can move its active databases to a DAG member running a newer version of 2010, but can’t do the reverse. After a DAG member has been upgraded to SP3, its active database copies can’t be moved to another DAG member that’s running pre-SP3 code.

The Exchange Team blog says that SP3 can be run on Windows Server 2012.

ExTeam Blog

But, the release notes says that it can only run on Windows 2008 SP2 or 2008 R2 OS.


One of them has to be wrong ;)

Download Exchange 2010 SP3 here.

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6 comments… add one

  1. vivek sharma

    The documentation is correct but your blog post is somewhat misleading. You will need to run SP3 in your exchange environment first and only then can you install Exchange 2010 on a Windows 2012 OS. Please refer Exchange supportability matrix for more details

    1. Thanks for the clarification Vivek. Would make life easier if MS spits out what they have in their mind :-)

  2. Let me put it in this way how I understand….

    Exchange 2010 Service Pack 3 – Can “only” be installed on OS running Windows Server 2008 with SP2 / R2

    Exchange 2010 with Service Pack 3 – You can install and deploy Exchange Server 2010 on computers that are running Server 2012.

    1. Looks like it was a typo by MS. Exchange 2010 SP3 supports Windows 2012.

  3. vedhapuri

    Hi ,

    How to Rename the Default Exchange 2010 database name, can you explain it its help full for us.

    1. Rajith Jose Enchiparambil

      Hi Vedha,

      You can launch EMC, go to Org Management node, select the database -> right click and select Rename. Give a name of your choice and click OK. That is all.

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