Sunday , August 2 2020

Upgrading Exchange 2010 RTM to Exchange 2010 SP3

I had to Upgrade a SBS Small Business Server from Exchange 2010 RTM to Exchange 2010 Sp3


Downloaded Exchange 2010 Sp3 Setup

Extracted it to “C:\Exch 2010 sp3”

Taken a Full Bare metal backup for safety

Browse command prompt to setup location

Skipping /pl (no Exchange 2003 Exists)

Skipping /preparealldomain (no child domain exists)

Preparing Schema /prepareschema


Preparing Root domain /preparedomain


Preparing AD /prepareAD


Download and install –

Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs

Make sure IIS 6 WMI Compatibility Role service is added to IIS

If not add it

Add Role Services for Webserver – IIS 6 WMI Compatibility


Downloaded Hot fix and installed it


Setup cannot continue with the upgrade because the ‘SMEX_SystemWatcher’ () process (ID: 748) has open files. Close the process and restart Setup.
Click here for help…

Install hotfix Microsoft Knowledge Base article 2550886 from to improve Windows Failover Cluster transient communication instability when deploying stretched Database Availability Groups across datacenters.

Disabled all Trend Micros Services

Rebooted the server


Now run the setup again


SP3 upgraded successfully

About Satheshwaran Manoharan

Satheshwaran Manoharan is an Microsoft Office Server and Services MVP , Publisher of Specialized in Office365 / Microsoft Exchange / Virtualization , Sathesh is an Messaging Expert supporting/Designing/Deploying many medium size businesses to large enterprises when it comes to Corporate messaging and Virtualization Infrastructure

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  1. Fernando Hernandez

    After upgrade to SP3, OWA give error “440 login timeout” any idea??? I search the web and try a lot of suggestion but nothing work.

  2. what if i have two servers , one for cas and hub and one for mailbox ? how i run the install

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