Exchange 2010 SP2 RTM

Server 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2) has been released, raising the Exchange number to 14..247.5. You can download 2010 SP2 here.

For those still unaware, the 530Mb+ file (1,4 GB extracted) contains the full set of binaries; you can use it to upgrade existing RTM or SP1 installations or new 2010 SP2 installations.

Besides the usual set of hotfixes, SP2 introduces the following features:

Address Book Policies
Address Book Policies, also known as GAL segmentation, ABPs are meant to segmentize the address book, giving users a certain of the address book like Address List Segregation did for 2003/2007.

This will be a lightweight browser like OMA in the past, meant for simple browsers.

This wizard is to make the configuration of an on-premise and / more simple, reducing the steps required from 49 to 6.

Cross-Site redirection
This will allow clients to be silently redirected to the proper site if they log on to a CAS server located in a site different than the site where their mailbox is hosted and externalURL has been specified there.

After preparing your forest for 2010 SP2, the schema number will have changed. Check the Schema Versions page for information on the new ObjectVersion and RangeUpper values for 2010 SP2.

Note that SP2 introduces an additional requirement, which is the IIS 6 WMI Compatibility feature; you can add this feature using the GUI or by using the cmdlets Import-Module ServerManager followed by Add-WindowsFeature Web-WMI.

The proper method to upgrade mailbox servers that are a member of a Database Availability is described here.

The releases notes are not available at time of writing; we’ll this post when they become available.

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