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Exchange Server 2013 Preview installation in Windows Server 2012 (Part1)

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Process of Exchange Server 2013 Preview installation in Windows Server 2012.

The new Exchange Server 2013, split in 2 roles Client Access Server and Mailbox Server (In addition, Exchange 2013 Preview works with the Exchange 2010 Edge server role.) The Mailbox server includes all the traditional server components found in Exchange 2010:
the Client Access protocols, Hub Transport service, Mailbox databases, and Unified Messaging. The Mailbox server handles all activity for a given mailbox. The Client Access server provides authentication, redirection, and proxy services. The Client Access server itself doesn't do any data rendering. The Client
Access server is a thin and stateless server. There is never anything queued or stored on the Client Access server. The Client Access server offers all the usual client access protocols: HTTP, POP and IMAP, and SMTP.

Before we proceed, we need to check the prerequisites for Exchange Server 2013, let’s see what we need to check before we begin:

  • Make sure that the functional level of your forest is at least Windows Server 2003, and that the schema master is
    running Windows Server 2003 with SP1 or later.
  • The full installation option of Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 must be used for all servers
    running Exchange 2013 Preview server roles or management tools.
  • You must first join the computer to the appropriate internal Active Directory forest and domain.
  • Some prerequisites require you to reboot the server to complete installation.

To prepare Active Directory for Exchange 2013 Preview, you must install the following software on the computer that will be used to prepare Active Directory:

After you install the software, open Windows PowerShell and install the Remote Tools
Administration Pack.

On a Windows Server 2012 computer, run the following command:
Add-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS


OS prerequisites for both the CAS and Mailbox roles:
Do the following to install the required Windows roles and features:

  1. Open Windows PowerShell.
  2. Run the following command to install the required Windows components.

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


After you've installed the operating system roles and features, install the following
software in the order shown:

  1. Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0, Core Runtime 64-bit
  2. Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack 64 bit
  3. Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack SP1 64 bit

For Exchange 2013 Preview, you must also uninstall Microsoft Visual C++ 11 Beta Redistributable
(x64). This must be done after you've installed UCMA, but before you run Exchange 2013 Preview Setup.
To uninstall Microsoft Visual C++ 11 Beta Redistributable (x64), do the following:

  1. Open Control Panel > Programs and Features.
  2. Select Visual C++ 11 Beta Redistributable (x64) - 11.0.50531 and then click Uninstall.
  3. In Microsoft Visual C++ 11 Beta setup, click Uninstall.
  4. When Microsoft Visual C++ 11 Beta is uninstalled, click Close.


To be continue....

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