Setting that Increases the Speed of Exchange Update Installations

I was installing Exchange 2007 SP2 Update Rollup 4 the other day at one of our network support client's sites. This particular customer has 6 exchange servers that needed the update. The first couple of servers took forever to install the update rollup. It really shouldn’t take 30 minutes to install a 50 MB download. After two servers the other guys working the maintenance window were already waiting on me so I had to make up some ground. After some searching (I didn’t have to look far…its posted on the “how to install exchange updates” page -> http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee221147%28EXCHG.80%29.aspx) I found that during the install, if setup can’t connect to the CRL web site, the installation takes an abnormally long time to finish.

The reason is that each time the installer compiles an assembly, it has to check the code signing certificate used to sign the assembly against the CRL. If that connection can’t be made, each attempt must time out before moving on to the next assembly. Ok, so why can’t the CRL be downloaded? At this particular customer location, the problem was due to a Barracuda web filter that requires authentication. The attempts to download the CRL come across as anonymous and are blocked. It could also happen if an ISA server is in place and only certain groups of users are allowed internet access via security group membership. Whatever the reason, the work around is to turn off “Check for publisher’s certificate revocation” option in Internet Explorer. There is a registry key you can change, but I found the option in IE.  [more]

  1. Start IE
  2. Go to Tools -> Internet Options
  3. Click on Advanced -> Security
  4. Click to clear the “Check for publisher’s certificate revocation” check box
  5. After the update is installed, reverse your change

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