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  • Patch Lady – Server patches for Exchange

    Posted on June 20th, 2018 at 21:33 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Patching focus:  Server Admins – does not apply to stand alone computer users

    Impacting Exchange 2010, 2013 and 2016.

    Geek level:  High

    For those that still run your own mail server (they really are out there) this post is for you.  Out this week are patches for the various supported Exchange platforms – the interesting thing of note is that VC++ 2013 runtime library is required – as noted “The component provides WebReady Document Viewing in Exchange Server 2010 and 2013 and Data Loss Prevention in Exchange Server 2013 and 2016. Setup will enforce the installation of the pre-requisite on Exchange Server 2013 and 2016 when a cumulative update is applied”.

    The best way to install patches on Exchange is to:

    1. Manually download the patches and install from a command line
    2. Shut down the Exchange services before patching.  As part of the install process the installer will stop the Exchange services, and in fact disable them, install the updates and then turn them back on upon completion.

    There are times that the process doesn’t turn the services back on so thus don’t panic when you find that the services are still disabled upon reboot.  I’ve often seen this side effect and all you have to do is to reenable the services and all it well.

    I have not seen any side effects to Exchange 2010 on SBS 2011, Exchange 2013 or Exchange 2016.

    As Michael B. Smith points out in his blog about the prior quarterly updates, you want to be methodical about updating Exchange.  Reboot servers first, check your systems and test ahead of time.