Installation Notes for Exchange 2007 SP1 RTM

Thursday, November 29, 2007
In an earlier post I documented my installation notes for installing Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1 RC1. Now that Exchange 2007 SP1 has been released, I'm including my notes from installing the RTM version.

A recommended prerequisite is to ensure that .NET Framework 2.0 SP1 is installed. Check my previous article to determine which SP version is installed.


Upgrade the Edge Server First

  • First, you must disable Forefront for Exchange according to KB929080. When I followed this, the Microsoft Exchange Transport and FSCController services could not be stopped. I used Task Manager to end task the MSExchangeTransport and FSCController *32 processes.

  • Run the following command to disable Forefront:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Forefront Security\Exchange Server\fscutility /disableInstall SP1
  • Proceed with the installation of SP1. Here were my times:
  • UpgradePreparing Setup - 00:12
  • Removing Exchange Files - 01:33
  • Preparing Files - 00:01
  • Copy Exchange Files - 01:27
  • Edge Transport Server Role - 09:31
  • Management Tools - 00:30
  • Finalizing Setup - 00:15
  • Elapsed time: 13:32
  • Download and install Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server with Service Pack 1. Be aware that this requires a restart at end of setup.

  • Restart the Edge Server

  • Stop all Microsoft Exchange services

  • Run the following command to enable Forefront again:

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Forefront Security\Exchange Server\fscutility /enable

    • Ensure that the Forefront services are set to Manual startup (FSCController, FSCMonitor, FSCStatisticsService, FDEMailPickup, and FSEIMC)

    • Start the FSCController service (all other Forefront services will start)

    • Start all Microsoft Exchange services and test mailflow

    Upgrade Mailbox/HT/CAS Server (in my case, these roles are all on the same server)

    • Proceed with the SP1 upgrade. Times were as follows:
  • Organization Preparation - 01:05
  • Preparing Setup - 01:37
  • Remove Exchange Files - 05:18
  • Preparing Files - 00:02
  • Copy Exchange Files - 05:32
  • Hub Transport Role - 11:53
  • Client Access Role - 03:27
  • Mailbox Role - 06:21
  • Management Tools - 00:46
  • Finalizing Setup - 02:05
  • Elapsed time: 38:12
    • Check that all services are started and test mailflow again
    • Restart all servers because I'm anal and test again.

    Hope your SP1 upgrade goes as smooth as mine!