Monday, April 16, 2012

Exchange 2010 SP2 Update Rollup 2 Available

An update for Exchange 2010 SP2 has just released and can be downloaded at: Exchange 2010 SP2 Update Rollup 2 Download.

This will take you Exchange version up to

For a description of all the included fixes, see KB 2661854

For those of you running DAGs, please see the following article: Applying Updates to Exchange 2010 SP1 and SP2

If you are running third party products (like anti-virus, etc), it is important that you disable them before updating.

Exchange 2007 SP3 Update Rollup 7 Available

An update for Exchange 2007 SP3 has just released and can be downloaded at: Exchange 2007 SP3 Update Rollup 7 Download

This brings the build number to:

  • For a description of all the included fixes, see KB 2655203

If you have a clustered environment, please see this article: Applying Exchange 2007 Update Rollups to Clustered Mailbox Servers

Remember to disable or remove all third party software during the upgrade (like antivirus, backup agents, disclaimers, etc.)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Two Great FREE Lync Training Opportunities


Microsoft is sponsoring two different Lync virtual training sessions.  This is a great opportunity to become more familiar with Lync and to get certified.  Here are the details…go register.

Deploying, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Lync Server 2010

When: April 17-19, 9:00A – 4:00P PST

More Info and Registration

Planning and Designing a Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Solution

When: April 24-26, 9:00A – 4:00P PST

More Info and Registration

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Three Ways to Determine What Version of Lync Server Components are Installed

Microsoft releases updates to Lync components periodically and only updates the version level of the components that actually get the update.  Because of this, various components of your Lync infrastructure will be running at different versions.  To help with keeping the components at the latest versions, Microsoft has released a single tool to perform updates to your Lync environment.  If you download and run the LyncServerUpdateInstaller.exe, this will check your Lync server and install the updated components that are needed.  Note, that you will need to periodically download the latest version of the installer as the download doesn’t actively check for updates.

So how do we determine the exact versions of the Lync components that we are running?  There are basically three different ways:

  1. Powershell
  2. Run the LyncServerUpdateInstaller.exe tool
  3. Check Windows “Programs and Features”


There isn’t a great native one-liner within Lync to gather this information.  You would think running Get-CsServerVersion would return this, but it only returns the base version level:

Lync Version - Get-CsServerVersion

Premal Gandhi blogged a while back about a powershell command that can be used to find this information by using WMI to query the different Lync components.  A commenter to the post modified the original command that I am using below.  The versions can be found by running:

Get-WmiObject –query ‘select * from win32_product’ | where {$ –like “Microsoft Lync Server*”} | ft Name, Version –AutoSize

Lync Version - PS Table

This will list all components associated with Lync Server, even the tools installed like the Resource Kit and Best Practices Analyzer.

Run the LyncServerUpdateInstaller.exe

Why not use the tool itself to see what components and versions are installed on a server?  When running the LyncServerUpdateInstaller.exe, it will list what versions are installed and what versions need to be updated.  Sure, this tool can be used to actually update the components, but can also be used just to see what versions are installed.

Lync Version - installer - markup

Check Windows “Programs and Features”

You can also see what versions of Lync components are installed by opening “Programs and Features” within Windows.  By scrolling down to the “Microsoft Lync Server 2010” section you can view the version installed.

Lync Version - Programs and Features - markup

Hopefully this helps you get some clarification on what exact versions of Lync components are installed in your environment.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Lync March 2012 Server and Client Updates Released

This round of updates came quicker than normal.  The Lync team has released server and client updates for March 2012. Here are all the details of what was updated this round:

Server Updates (7577.197) – DownloadKB 2493736

Note: Use the cumulative LyncServerUpdateInstaller.exe to install the updates to make sure all needed updates are applied.

Clients (7577.4087)