Exchange 2013 Install

In the previous post Install Exchange Prerequisites we’ve gone through the process of installing necessary prerequisites to deploy Exchange 2013, in this post we will perform a fresh Exchange 2013 install.

Starting with Exchange 2013 Microsoft adopted a new servicing model through the release of cumulative updates which are Exchange full installers so just go to this link where you can download Exchange 2013 CU8 which is latest release at the time of this writing.

Once you have downloaded necessary software decompress it to a convenient location and launch Exchange 2013 install via the setup.exe file.

Exchange 2013 setup will ask if you want to connect to the internet to check for updates, if your server has access to the internet just allow the setup to check for updates and click on next, once setup has verified there are no updates available it will start copying files locally on the system to carry on Exchange 2013 install.

Just click next on the Introduction page and accept License Agreement, Exchange setup will ask you to use Recommended or Custom Settings for the lab we will use the second option finally the Server Role Selection page will display for the lab we will be installing both Mailbox and Client Access Role on the server together with necessary Management Tools :

Install Exchange 2013 - Server Role Selection

While leaving the Automatically Install Windows Server roles and features that are required to Install Exchange Server will take care of installing any missing feature we already installed all necessary Exchange prerequisites in the previous post so I’ve left it enabled for demonstration purposes only. In the lab I will be installing Exchange binaries on a dedicated disk and not the default path:

Install Exchange 2013 - PathNext you will be asked if you want to disable Malware scanning, which is enabled by default, for example if you’re using another security appliance in front of your Exchange server while discussion about this point would deserve a separate article just leave it enabled in the lab as it will not hurt:

Install Exchange 2013 - Malware SettingsOnce you’ve configured Malware Protection Settings Exchange 2013 install routine will perform a readiness check eventually displaying any error it encounters like a pending reboot or missing schema extension etc.

In the picture below you can see how the readiness check issued two warnings about the schema extension this because I used Exchange 2013 SP1 media to prepare my Active Directory environment so Exhcange setup will take care of updating my schema to the level required for CU8:

Install Exchange 2013 - Readiness Check

Once you have verified there are no errors/warnings you can just press the install button to begin Exchange 2013 installation, setup will go through multiple steps to install all necessary components on your server and, if necessary, prepare the organization.

Install Exchange 2013 - Setup

Once the setup is complete you will be given the option to launch Exchange Administration Center interface to configure some basic parameters like timezone and default language:

Install Exchange 2013 - Setup Complete

Install Exchange 2013 - Exchange admin Center

Install Exchange 2013 - Exchange admin Center Config

Being able to connect to the Exchange Admin Center is of course a good indication that setup went through smoothly anyhow you can review Exchange Setup logs that are created under the C:ExchangeSetupLogs path and where a verbose record of all taken actions are logged:

Install Exchange 2013 - Logs

The next step after installation would be configuring send connectors to allow Exchange to send mail messages with other systems.

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