Exchange 2016 CU12 has been released to the Microsoft download centre! Exchange 2016 has a different servicing strategy than Exchange 2007/2010 and utilises Cumulative Updates (CUs) rather than the Rollup Updates (RU/UR) which were used previously. CUs are a complete installation of Exchange 2016 and can be used to install a fresh server or to update a previously installed one. Exchange 2013 has the same servicing methodology.
This is build 15.01.17131.005 of Exchange 2016 and the update is helpfully named ExchangeServer2016-x64-CU12.iso which allows us to easily identify the update. Details for the release are contained in KB 4471392.
Exchange 2007 is no longer supported, updates are not provided once a product has exited out of extended support.
Exchange 2010 will transition out of support on the 14th of January 2020.
Updates Of Particular Note
This update provides a security advisory in Microsoft Exchange. For more information, see Security Advisory ADV190004. It also resolves some vulnerabilities, see Microsoft Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures CVE-2019-0686 and Microsoft Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures CVE-2019-0724.
Note that there are changes in Exchange EWS functionality with this release, so please review all of the notes contained within the release post.
Also pay attention to Decreasing Exchange Rights in the Active Directory. This is covered in KB 4490059 — Reducing permissions required to run Exchange Server by using Shared Permissions Model. In order to apply these changes, a directory admin will need to run the cumulative update setup program with the /PrepareAD parameter. When multiple Exchange versions co-exist in a single Active Directory forest, the cumulative update matching the latest version of Exchange deployed should be used to run /PrepareAD
- 4487596 Emails are blocked in moderator mailbox Outbox folder when you send large volumes of emails in Exchange Server 2016
- 4456241 You receive a meeting request that has a "not supported calendar message.ics" attachment in Exchange Server 2016
- 4456239 New-MailboxRepairRequest doesn't honor RBAC RecipientWriteScope restrictions in Exchange Server 2016
- 4487591 The recipient scope setting doesn't work for sibling domains when including OUs in the scope in Exchange Server 2016
- 4468363 MRM does not work for mailboxes that have an online archive mailbox in Exchange Server
- 4487603 "The action cannot be completed" error when you select many recipients in the Address Book of Outlook in Exchange Server 2016
- 4487602 Outlook for Mac users can still expand a distribution group when hideDLMembership is set to true in Exchange Server 2016
- 4488076 Outlook on the Web can't be loaded when users use an invalid Windows language in operating system in Exchange Server 2016
- 4488079 Exchange Server 2016 allows adding Exchange Server 2019 mailbox server into a same DAG and vice versa
- 4488077 Can't configure voice mail options when user is in different domain in Exchange Server 2016
- 4488263 X-MS-Exchange-Organization-BCC header isn't encoded correctly in Exchange Server 2016
- 4488080 New-MigrationBatch doesn't honor RBAC management scope in Exchange Server 2016
- 4488262 Delivery Reports exception when tracking a meeting request that's sent with a room resource in Exchange Server 2016
- 4488268 Disable the irrelevant Query logs that're created in Exchange Server 2016
- 4488267 Test-OAuthConnectivity always fails when Exchange Server uses proxy to connect to Internet in Exchange Server 2016
- 4488266 Client application doesn't honor EwsAllowList in Exchange Server 2016
- 4488265 "There are problems with the signature" error occurs for digital signature message if attachment filtering is enabled in Exchange Server 2016
- 4488264 Mailbox that has a bad move request can't be cleaned up from destination mailbox database in Exchange Server 2016
- 4488261 Event ID 1002 when the store worker process crashes in Exchange Server 2016
- 4488260 New-MailboxExportRequest and New-MailboxImportRequest don't honor RBAC management scope in Exchange Server 2016
- 4488259 MailTip shows wrong number of users for a distribution group if the users are in different domains in Exchange Server 2016
- 4488258 OAuth authentication is removed when saving MAPI virtual directory settings in EAC in Exchange Server 2016
- 4490060 Exchange Web Services Push Notifications can be used to gain unauthorized access
- 4490059 Reducing permissions required to run Exchange Server using Shared Permissions Model
Some Items For Consideration
Exchange 2016 follows the same servicing paradigm for Exchange 2013 which was previously discussed on the blog. The CU package can be used to perform a new installation, or to upgrade an existing Exchange Server 2016 installation to this CU. Cumulative Updates are well, cumulative. What else can I say…
Customers with a hybrid Exchange deployment, must keep their on-premises Exchange servers updated to the latest update or the one immediately prior ( N or N-1).
Test the CU in a lab which is representative of your environment
Review this post to also factor in AD preparation which is to be done ahead of installing the CU onto the first Exchange server
Follow your organisation's change management process, and factor the approval time into your change request
Provide appropriate notifications as per your process. This may be to IT teams, or to end users.
After you install this cumulative update package, you cannot uninstall the cumulative update package to revert to an earlier version of Exchange. If you uninstall this cumulative update package, Exchange is removed from the server.
Place the server into SCOM maintenance mode prior to installing, confirm the install then take the server out of maintenance mode
I personally like to restart prior to installing CUs. This helps identifies if an issue was due to the CU or happened in this prior restart, and also completes any pending file rename operations. 3rd party AV products are often guilty of this
Restart the server after installing the CU
Ensure that all the relevant services are running
Ensure that event logs are clean, with no errors
Ensure that you consult with all 3rd party vendors which exist as part of your messaging environment. This includes archive, backup, mobility and management services.
Ensure that you do not forget to install this update on management servers, jump servers/workstations and application servers where the management tools were installed for an application. FIM and 3rd party user provisioning solutions are examples of the latter.
Ensure that the Windows PowerShell Script Execution Policy is set to "Unrestricted" on the server being upgraded or installed. See KB981474.
Disable file system antivirus prior to installing. Do this through the appropriate console. Typically this will be a central admin console, not the local machine.
Verify file system antivirus is actually disabled
Once server has been restarted, re-enable file system antivirus.
Please enjoy the update responsibly!
What do I mean by that? Well, you need to ensure that you are fully informed about the caveats with the CU and are aware of all of the changes that it will make within your environment. Additionally you will need to test the CU your lab which is representative of your production environment.