Microsoft has adopted a standardized naming schema for all
software update packages (patch or update) for Exchange Server that are created and
distributed by Microsoft. The new naming schema will go into effect for all
update packages in April 2003. Note
An Exchange Server software update is an executable (.exe) file that
contains one or more system files that you can apply to Exchange Server to
correct a specific problem. Software updates are distributed by Microsoft Product
Support Services (PSS) to customers who are severely affected by a specific
problem. Critical and recommended software updates are software updates that Microsoft
recommends for all customers. Critical or recommended software updates can be obtained
from the Windows Update site, the Microsoft Download Center, or from other
Microsoft Web sites.
Microsoft has adopted this new naming schema
for software update packages for the following reasons:
- It creates consistency across Microsoft software update
- It improves the ability to search for software update packages and
Microsoft Knowledge Base articles.
- It clearly notes the language of a software update package and the
intended operating system when applicable.
This article contains additional information about the new
standardized naming schema for Exchange Server software update packages.
New Schema for Naming Exchange Server Software Update Packages
Exchange Server software update packages are named using the following
The following list provides information about each attribute in
the new naming schema:
The full product name, including the product version
information. For Exchange Server hotfixes, this attribute will be one of the
This attribute indicates that an article exists in the
Microsoft Knowledge Base that is associated with the software update.
The ID number of the Microsoft Knowledge Base article that is
associated with the software update.
- Option (Optional attribute)
This optional attribute is used to differentiate software update
packages that address the same issue but are designed for different processor
platforms. These options include:
- x86 (for 32-bit processors)
- AMD64 (for x86-64bit AMD processors)
- IA64 (for 64-bit Intel Processors)
The standard language name abbreviation that represents the
language the software update package is intended for. For example, ENU (for English),
RUS (for Russian), JPN (for Japanese).
Note The abbreviation INTL is used in cases where the software update package
applies to multiple languages. In cases where the software update package applies to all
languages, no standard language name abbreviation is used.