Exchange 2013 Initial Configuration Settings: Enter product key (part 7)

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This will be a quick post and one of the easiest steps in setting up your Exchange environment. In this seventh part of the series I’ll look at where to enter the product key for Exchange 2013.

Unless you deploy lots of Exchange 2013 servers, licensing an Exchange 2013 server may be something you only do once so here’s a quick guide on applying the license key in the Exchange admin center and via the Exchange Management Shell.

Once the license is applied you’ll need to restart the Information Store.

In the Exchange admin center select servers form the left hand menu.

Exchange 2013 - exchange admin center - serversIn the middle pane highlight your Exchange server and then click on the Enter Product Key link on the right hand side.

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Type in your product key and click save.

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Read the warning message and click ok.

Exchange 2013 - warning - the product key has been validated and the product id has been successfully created. This change wont take effect until the information store service has been restarted.

Press Windows Key + R and type services.msc.

servicesScroll down to Microsoft Exchange Information Store, right click and select Restart.

Exchange 2013 - Services -Microsoft Exchange Information Store - RestartIt’s probably worth noting here just how many more services there are now in Exchange 2013, compared to previous versions.

You have now licensed your Exchange 2013 server.

Exchange Management Shell

To perform the same tasks with PowerShell in the Exchange Management Shell youll need the following cmdlet: Set-ExchangeServer

Set-ExchangeServer -Identity OX-EXCH1 -ProductKey 12345-12345-12345-12345-12345

set-exchangeserver -identity -productkey

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