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Handling Exchange Server updates can be tricky for IT admins, who often need to install them within a certain timeframe to avoid opening their systems to security risks. Furthermore, it can also be complicated to deploy updates because of the various components involved. Microsoft seemingly understands the complexities and wants to streamline Exchange Server updates by automating them.

Businesses unsure of the update demands of Exchange Server will often turn to Exchange Online instead and avoid the hassle.

Making it easier to handle Exchange Server updates is a natural upgrade Microsoft can make. The company is now conducting a survey asking IT pros about their environments and how complex and large they are.

This form also requests information on how frequently IT admins update Server instances and why they may not install new Security Updates (Sus) and Cumulative Updates (CUs). Microsoft also asks for suggestions to improve the methodology behind updates:

“Please share any suggestions you have for improving Exchange Setup or the update deployment process to help you stay up to date.”


While this is a positive step that shows Microsoft is at least open to automatically updating Exchange Server, it does not mean the company is ready to implement this change. Even so, it is good that Microsoft is gauging user opinion on the subject. If you want to give yours, the survey for Exchange Server can be completed here and is open until the end of this month.

Importantly, the survey is also anonymous.

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