Installation of Exchange 2013

Microsoft release Exchange 2013 Preview last week. Here are some notes from my first installation.

Active Directory

  • The current version of Exchange 2013 do not support upgrade from Previous versions. This feature will be added later.
  • A new AD forest was created with Windows Server 2012 core. (Instructions)

OS Installation

  • The Exchange environment was build with Windows 2012 Server Core to test all the funtionality with in the environment.
  • After Installation of all Pre-Requisites the Installation of Windows Server Core was upgraded with the full GUI.
  • Remove the Windows Server 2012 GUI to save resources in the Exchange 2013 environment.

Server Requirements

  • Server will install with 1 vCPU upgrade to 4 vCPU after the installation finished
  • Even do there is no guidance on RAM 6GB looks to be the minimum amount to have a working environment.


Installation Pre-Requisites on Mailbox and Client Access Role

  • Login to your Server
  • Open a PowerShell Window
  • Install required roles by typing: Install-WindowsFeature AS-HTTP-Activation, Desktop-Experience, NET-Framework-45-Features, RPC-over-HTTP-proxy, RSAT-Clustering, Web-Mgmt-Console, WAS-Process-Model, Web-Asp-Net45, 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-Ext45, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Server, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-Static-Content, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-WMI, Windows-Identity-Foundation
  • Install the additional software for Exchange 2013.
  • After the installation finishes remove
    • Open Control Panel > Programs and Features.
    • Select Visual C++ 11 Beta Redistributable (x64) – 11.0.50531 and then click Uninstall.
    • In Microsoft Visual C++ 11 Beta setup, click Uninstall.
    • When Microsoft Visual C++ 11 Beta is uninstalled, click Close.

Installation of Exchange 2013

  • The account used to install Exchange 2013 must be part of the Enterprise Admins and Schema Admins roles in Active Directory
  • Installation Screens


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