Exchange 2016 CU4 Released


Exchange 2016 CU4 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.

Download Exchange 2016 CU4

This is build 15.01.0669.032 of Exchange 2016 and the update is helpfully named ExchangeServer2016-x64-CU4.iso which allows us to easily identify the update.  Details for the release are contained in KB 3177106.

 

Updates Of Particular Note

CU4 contains the latest time zone updates.

Exchange 2016 CU3 added support to install onto Windows Server 2016.  However, there was an issue with Windows which required that DAG based installations were paused.  The required fix has been released by Windows in KB3206632.  This update is required on Windows 2016 servers with Exchange 2016 installed.  CU4 will check if the update is installed, and will block the install if KB3206632 is missing.

The fix for the recent public folder indexing issues is included with CU4.  This was an issue introduced in both Exchange 2013 CU14 and Exchange 2016 CU3.  This is discussed in KB 3202691 – Public folders indexing doesn’t work correctly after you apply latest cumulative updates for Exchange ServerNote After you install this update on either version of Exchange Server, you should move the public folder mailbox to a new database to make sure that all items are indexed correctly.

CU4 supports .NET framework 4.6.2 – while this is an optional upgrade at this time, it makes sense to plan the .NET upgrade as it will become a required pre-requisite for the next CU.

On net-new installs the Desktop Experience feature is no longer required, since Windows has refactored how the components are installed in the newer versions of Windows.  This allows net-new installs of Exchange 2013 CU15 and Exchange 2016 CU4 to install less components than before as only the Media Foundation feature will be installed when using the /InstallWindowsComponents setup switch.  Since this is for net-new installs, upgrades to existing servers using either of the two aforementioned CUs will not change the installed OS components.  If you desire, you can add Media Foundation and remove the desktop experience after installing these CUs. This is optional.

 

Issues Resolved

KB 3202691 Public folders indexing doesn’t work correctly after you apply latest cumulative updates for Exchange Server

KB 3201358 Set-Mailbox and New-Mailbox cmdlets prevent the use of the -Office parameter in Exchange Server 2016

KB 3202998 FIX: MSExchangeOWAAppPool application pool consumes memory when it recycles and is marked as unresponsive by Health Manager

KB 3208840 Messages for the health mailboxes are stuck in queue on Exchange Server 2016

KB 3186620 Mailbox search from Exchange Management Shell fails with invalid sort value in Exchange Server 2016

KB 3199270 You can’t restore items to original folders from Recoverable Items folder in Exchange Server 2016

KB 3199353 You can’t select the receive connector role when you create a new receive connector in Exchange Server 2016

KB 3193138 Update to apply MessageCopyForSentAsEnabled to any type of mailbox in Exchange Server 2016

KB 3201350 IMAP “unread” read notifications aren’t suppressed in Exchange Server 2016

KB 3209036 FIX: “Logs will not be generated until the problem is corrected” is logged in an Exchange Server 2016 environment

KB 3212580 Editing virtual directory URLs by using EAC clears all forms of authentication in Exchange Server 2016

 

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…

  • After you install this cumulative update package, you cannot uninstall the cumulative update package to revert to an earlier version of Exchange 2016. If you uninstall this cumulative update package, Exchange 2016 is removed from the server.
  • Place the server into maintenance mode prior to installing, confirm the install then take the server out of maintenance mode
  • Restart the server after installing the CU
  • 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.
  • Once server has been restarted, re-enable file system antivirus.
  • Note that customised configuration files are overwritten on installation.  Make sure you have any changes fully documented!
  • CU4 does not contain new AD Schema updates for your organisation, though depending upon which version of Exchange you are upgrading from, changes may be required.

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.

Cheers,

Rhoderick

Comments (13)

  1. Sultan Rayes says:

    Does CU4 support .NET framework 4.6.2 on Windows Server 2012R2 ? or this is only for Windows 2016?

    1. Hi Sultan,

      On all supported platforms

      Cheers,
      Rhoderick

      1. Filip Herman says:

        Hi Rhoderick,

        Where can I find the TechNet article that says that Windows 2012r2 support .NET 4.6.2 in combination with Exchange Server 2016?

        Thanks, Filip

      2. Filip Herman says:

        In this TechNet article: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa996719(v=exchg.160).aspx, 4.6.2 is only supported in a combination of Windows Server 2016 and Exchange Server 2016.
        What about us running Exchange Server 2016 on Windows 2012R2, thus not able to upgrade to CU5 (when it becomes available) since it will only support 4.6.2?

        1. Hi Filip,

          I’m following up on that for you. Let me see what I can get.

          In the msexchange release post:

          Support for .Net 4.6.2
          Exchange Server 2013 and Exchange Server 2016 now fully support .Net 4.6.2 on all supported operating systems. Customers who have already updated their Exchange servers to .Net 4.6.1 can proceed with the upgrade to 4.6.2 before or after installing the cumulative updates released today. Customers who are still running .Net 4.5.2 are advised to deploy Cumulative Update 4 or Cumulative Update 15 prior to upgrading to .Net 4.6.2.
          The upgrade to .Net 4.6.2, while strongly encouraged, is optional with these releases. As previously disclosed, the cumulative updates released in our March 2017 quarterly updates will require .Net 4.6.2.

          Cheers,
          Rhoderick

  2. Fred Proos says:

    I upgraded our Exchange 2016 CU2 to CU4. I also upgraded .net framework to 4.6.2 . All servers run on Windows server 2012R2
    After upgrade public folder mailboxes stopped replicateing hierarchy.
    If i try to force manual replication with command
    Update-PublicFolderMailbox -Identity -InvokeSynchronizer
    I get Error
    Failed to sync public folder hierarchy. MapiExceptionIllegalCrossServerConnection: Mailbox [] with application ID [Client=PublicFolderHierarchyReplication] is not allowed to make cross-server calls from [] to []

    From user point of view it means that if user creates a new public folder in Outlook, they wont see it. If they try to recreate the public folder they get error “Cant create public folder because it already exists”

    Any advice?

    1. Fred Proos says:

      My workaround to my probleem was to move all public folder mailboxes to the same server where the primary hierarchy public folder mailbox is. Looks like this CU broke cross-server hierarchy replication.

  3. Victor Lambert says:

    After installing CU4, we have the lagged copies of most of our DBs are now Autosuspended (but not Failed)
    A Comment in this link references that maybe this is an “undocumented feature” of CU4.
    Any additional information would be appreciated

    1. Which link are you referring to please Victor?

      Cheers,
      Rhoderick

  4. Reading between the lines of the .NET requirements table in https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa996719(v=exchg.160).aspx, I’m left wondering if Exchange Server 2016 CU5 will be supported on Windows 2012 R2 servers?

    The combination of footnotes makes it sound like CU5 will only support .NET 4.6.2, and that .NET 4.6.2 on Windows 2012/2012 R2 will not be support by CU5. Is this just ambiguous writing or do we need to be preparing to rebuild Exchange 2016 servers on Windows 2016 in order to move to CU5?

    1. Hi Devin,

      Already asked about that – thanks for the reminder, have followed up again.

      Cheers,
      Rhoderick

      1. TechNet needs to be updated – request submitted.

        Go with what the release blog has please for now

        Cheers,
        Rhoderick

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