We are running Exchange Server 2007 SP3 on our two new SBS 2008 SP2 integrated setups.
The first server to receive the service pack is an Intel Server System SR1630HGPRX with an Intel Xeon X3450 CPU and 16 GB of ECC Kingston RAM. Three 300 GB 15K RPM Seagate SAS drives are configured in a RAID 5 array via an Intel RS2BL040 RAID controller with a battery backup attached.
Note that this is a vanilla SBS install in that we have not yet run the Getting Started Tasks but do have SBS Backup configured and taking backups. So, no mailboxes on this one yet.
The MSIEXEC process has one of the cores on this server pinned with the process indicating 12% CPU utilization.
In the end, the entire process did not take that long at all:
- Intel SR1630HGPRX with Intel Xeon X3450, 16 GB RAM, 600GB 15K SAS RAID 5:
- Elapsed Time: 00:25:36
The second server is an Intel Server System SR1625URR dual Xeon E5620, 24 GB RAM, 146 GB 15K 2.5” SAS RAID 10 array consisting of 6 drives (438 GB usable storage) plus two hot spares attached to an Intel RS2BL080 RAID controller with battery backup.
Again, the MSIEXEC process had one core pinned:
And again the process did not take that long:
- Elapsed Time: 00:25:05
Now that we have an idea of what a vanilla SBS/Exchange install time will be we will go on to service pack some of our smaller SBS 2008 installs. So far, the feedback we have been seeing on running the service pack 3 update on SBS 2008 has been pretty positive.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book