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Client Access servers are the first server role to update, and you should begin with the internet-facing site if you have multiple sites in your organization.

As a result, when Mailbox servers are upgraded to Exchange 2010 SP3, the databases are upgraded to the Exchange 2010 SP3 version of the database schema…

…During the upgrade, the database is dismounted, and all mailboxes in that database are taken offline.

This seemed to be a major issue to me until I performed the upgrade in my test lab.

Microsoft has released Service Pack 3 for Exchange Server 2010.

This is a significant release that delivers some key functionality to customers such as support for Windows Server 2012, support for co-existence with Exchange Server 2013 CU1, and general bug fixes and security updates.

If you are planning to upgrade your Exchange 2010 servers to SP3 you should be aware that there is an Active Directory schema update involved.If that is a concern for your environment, but you still want the bug fixes and security updates, you might consider sticking with Service Pack 2 and applying Update Rollup 6 instead.At the time of this writing there are some points in the various release notes that aren’t correct or fully updated yet that Microsoft are still working on or that are worth some clarification: You should also plan to update any management tools installations you have on admin workstations or servers, and also check your third party applications that integrate with Exchange in case they also need updated management tools.I’m going to walk through the upgrade process in some more detail next, and also provide some general guidance afterwards about the Service Pack 3 installation steps as well as what to expect in terms of timing and service interruptions.If you have an AD forest topology with multiple domains, or process restrictions that require schema updates to be managed a certain way, you can apply the Exchange 2010 SP3 schema update on a 64-bit domain controller that is in the same AD site as the Schema Master, using an account with Schema Admins and Enterprise Admins rights.Otherwise the schema update will be applied when you upgrade the first Exchange server.

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