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Now Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP3 has been released it provides support for Windows Server 2012 as the host operating system. In this blog we’ll run through the installation process.
The demo environment I am using includes a Server 2012 DC and a Server 2012 member server.
As this is a virgin demo environment as part of the installation the Exchange 2010 setup will upgrade the AD Schema, if this is an additional server in a migration scenario then the following won’t be necessary. To upgrade the Schema you have two options.
Option 1: Run the Exchange 2010 SP3 setup command with the PrepareAD and OrganizationName switches on the domain controller.
setup /preparead /organizationName:oxfordsbsguy
Then on the member server follow the instructions below to install Exchange 2010 SP3.
Option 2: Install the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) onto the member server you are installing Exchange onto so that the ldifde.exe is in the correct location that the Exchange setup expects it to be.
With that done, on to the install.
1. On a Server 2012 member server, run PowerShell as Administrator.
2. Run the following command to install the prerequisite Rolls required for a typical Exchange 2010 installation. (Source: Exchange 2010 Prerequisites)
3. Wait for the rolls to be completed. On my test server this took about 4 minutes. The server will restart automatically.
5. Install the Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack.
6. Install the Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack SP1.
8. Browse to the location you extracted the files to and run Setup.exe, then click on Step 4: Install Microsoft Exchange.
9. Read the introduction and click Next.
10. Accept the license agreement, and click Next.
11. Enable Exchange Error Reporting, and click Next.
12. Select the Installation Type. In our example we will use the Typical Option, deselect “Automatically install Windows Server roles and features required for Exchange”, click Next.
13. Enter the Organization Name, I’ve changed mine from the default First Organization in the picture below to OxfordSBSGuy.
15. Enter an external domain name to use with Exchange, click Next.
17. Resolve any errors, you should have none! Note Organization Prerequisites, this refers to the Schema upgrade highlighted at the start of this article. Click Next.
18. Watch the progress bars (or go and make a cuppa) as Exchange is installed. You can see it if fairly quick at just under 20 minutes. Click Finish to complete the installation.
19. Run WSUS or Windows update to install any patches that have been release since SP3. The latest Update Rollup for Exchange 2010 SP3 is UR 12. See the post Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 12 released and installation tips for installation tips and advice.
20. Reboot the server to complete the installation.
21. Once restarted log in to the Exchange Management Console and start configuring!