Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Installing and Configuring Exchange 2013 Server


Exchange 2013 server is newer exchange server from Microsoft. There are many changes in new Exchange 2013 if compared to previous version of Exchange namely Exchange 2010/Exchange 2007.
Exchange 2013 is also role-based but it also includes support for different kind of topology- On-Premises and Hybrid setup.
One major change in Exchange 2013 is that there is no hub transport role and it is a set of service residing on other roles. All client connection must come through client access server.
In this article we will install an Exchange 2013 server in a step-by-step manner. We will deploy a single exchange 2013 server single forest with one domain controller.

Server OS                        Roles                              Name                         IP Address

Windows 2008 R2 Sp1        AD, DNS, CA                    WebtechAD      

Windows 2008 Sp1             Exchange 2013 RTM          EXCH2013        

  1. Hardware requirement


    • Processor:       64 bit Processor (Both Intel and AMD)

    • Memory:        Minimum 4GB for any role. 8 GB is multiple roles are on same server.
    • Disk space:     32 GB minimum  
  2.   Operating System Requirement


    • Windows 2008 R2 -  Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter
    • Windows 2008 R2 SP1 -  Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter
    • Windows 2012   -   Standard and Datacenter
    • Windows 2012 R2  -  Standard and Datacenter
  3.  Software prerequisites 


    • .Net Framework 4.5.2
    • Windows Management Framework 4.0
    • Install Remote administration tool for ADDS
               Add-WindowsFreature RSAT-ADDS
    •  Add Windows Features

      Import-Module ServerManager


      Desktop-Experience, NET-Framework,NET-HTTP-Activation, RPC-over-HTTP-proxy, RSAT-Clustering,RSAT-Web-Server, WAS-Process-Model, Web-Asp-Net, Web-Basic-Auth, Web-Client-Auth, Web-Digest-Auth,  Web-Dir-Browsing, Web-Dyn-Compression, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Http-Redirect,  Web-Http-Tracing, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Filter, Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console, Web-Metabase, Web-Mgmt-Console, Web-Mgmt-Service, Web-Net-Ext, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Server, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-Static-Content, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-WMI

      If required restart the server.
  4. Other Software requirement


    Install UCMA Core Runtime 64 bit  for Exchange 2013.

UCMA Core Runtime 4.0 Installation Wizard

UCMA Core Runtime 4.0 License Agreement

Complete the Licence Agreement and click "Install".

Installation progress shows what's getting installed

Installation completes immediately.

Finish the Installation

Install Windows Identity Foundation.

Install Following Hot-fixes

  1. Microsoft Security Advisory: Insecure library loading could allow remote code execution
  2. A hotfix is available to enable the Association Cookie/GUID that is used by RPCover HTTP to also be used at the RPC layer in Windows 7 and in Windows Server2008 R2 

    Note: Windows 2012 and Windows 2012 R2 has most of the software prerequisite built-in    

    Installation Exchange 2013 server  


    Start the installation by running the setup.exe fron your Exchange 2013 installation media. The Exchange 2013 installation wizard opens up. Click “Don’t check for updates right now” or update option if you want to download updates. Remember that this option requires internet connection.

    Check for Updates

     Click 'Next' to continue with the installation. Now the setup starts copying files.

    Setup start copying files

    Setup now Initializes 

     Exchange 2013 is not ready to install.

    Introduction to Exchange 2013 setup

    Exchange 2013 License Agreement

    Now select the to "I accept the terms in the license agreement" and click 'Next' to continue with the installation. 

    Recommended Settings

    Use recommended settings for Exchange server and click "Next" to continue with the installation

    Select the Exchange Role that you want to install

    Select the Exchange 2013 role that you want to install. If you choose more than one role to install then you have to make sure that you have enough  system resources. 
    Suppose if we choose Mailbox role and Client Access role than 8GB RAM requirement.

    Select the Installation Path

     Select  the correct path for exchange installation.

    Malware Scanning options

     Select the malware scanning options if you want or click 'No' to skip this option. This requires download and delay the installation. Select 'NO' to skip the option.

    Setup does a Readiness Check

    Setup now progress through 1 to 14 steps  to complete the installation.

    Setup Progress through steps

     Once setup is complete then click 'Finish' to complete the setup.

    Finish Setup


    The exchange 2013 installation setup may not go smoothly sometimes. Make sure that you go through the official Microsoft document and under the requirements as per your topology.

    Once we have a complete understanding of requirements and features that we want to use, we can begin installation confidently.

    There is another approach which some admins use, that install the setup in a test lab environment. This installation has been done in a test environment and now that we know what is required for a successful installation, it is easy to repeat the process.
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