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  • Do I have to have SP2 if running on 2003 R2?

    We are about to move Exchange 2003 Sp1 to Windows Server 2003 R2 from 2000 Server.

    I read in a post here that SP2 is recommended/required when running Exchange 2003 on Server 2003 R2. Is it essential and if not can I expect any problems by not running it?

    Thanks
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    Re: Do I have to have SP2 if running on 2003 R2?

    Why don't you want to install SP2?
    Cheers,

    Daniel Petri
    Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
    MCSA/E, MCTS, MCITP, MCT

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    • #3
      Re: Do I have to have SP2 if running on 2003 R2?

      Originally posted by danielp
      Why don't you want to install SP2?
      Errr honest answer.... im scared!

      I have enough on my plate changing e-mail servers that i dont want something else. Plus it means more interuption. I suppose i could. Don't want extra hassle!
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      • #4
        Re: Do I have to have SP2 if running on 2003 R2?

        Listen, there are no major issues with SP2 that one should worry about. I think it's a safe bet right now, I usually apply it without thinking any further.
        Cheers,

        Daniel Petri
        Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
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        • #5
          Re: Do I have to have SP2 if running on 2003 R2?

          Originally posted by danielp
          Listen, there are no major issues with SP2 that one should worry about. I think it's a safe bet right now, I usually apply it without thinking any further.
          So should i update all my existing Exchange 2003 SP1 servers to sp2 then bring up my new server, or should i just leave the existing ones at sp1 and only the new ones at sp2? Cheers
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          • #6
            Re: Do I have to have SP2 if running on 2003 R2?

            That's a bit like saying you have some Windows 2003 servers with SP1 and some without SP1 installed. Why would you want to have different SPs installed on different servers?
            1 1 was a racehorse.
            2 2 was 1 2.
            1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
            2 2 1 1 2

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            • #7
              Re: Do I have to have SP2 if running on 2003 R2?

              Bring up you're new server and apply SP2 for exchange.
              Move mailboxes, bring you're old server down, and you're ready right? Then upgrade al other exchange servers. (they can communicate with each other (sp1 and sp2).


              And the database size can be set up to 75 GB (if you have the standard version) and it's more secure, and you can push mail etc to mda's etc. etc....

              I don't see any reason why not upgrading.
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              • #8
                Re: Do I have to have SP2 if running on 2003 R2?

                Originally posted by Dumber
                Bring up you're new server and apply SP2 for exchange.
                Move mailboxes, bring you're old server down, and you're ready right? Then upgrade al other exchange servers. (they can communicate with each other (sp1 and sp2).


                And the database size can be set up to 75 GB (if you have the standard version) and it's more secure, and you can push mail etc to mda's etc. etc....

                I don't see any reason why not upgrading.
                This is the plan i was hoping to see. Thanks Marcel.

                But instead of upgrading the old servers to Sp2, they are going to be decommisioned.

                BTW we have enterprise but thanks for the info.
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                • #9
                  Re: Do I have to have SP2 if running on 2003 R2?

                  My simple rule is that new builds go to the latest of everything - service packs etc unless I am aware of a third party application that doesn't like the service pack. Introducing a new server is the perfect time to test things - if you haven't put any production data on to the server if something doesn't work you can back out.

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