Installing Exchange 2010 SP1 on a Windows 2008 R2 – A typical installation

The complexity of Exchange makes even the typical setup a long (and laborious if done for the first time) task. But with a little bit of help from “Exchange 2010 – A practical approach” (thank you XLA for this), a bit of guesswork and the installer of Exchange itself these are the steps that worked for me:

  • Install Windows 2008 R2 64bit on the machine. Remember, Exchange 2010 does not run on 32bit.
  • Install all operating system updates.
  • Via the Features wizard add .NET 3.5.
  • Download and install the ASP.NET Ajax extensions.
  • Download and install the Office 2010 Filter Pack.
  • Check Windows Update (again).
  • Although it is recommended that the Exchange Server is not installed on the Domain Controller, this is not a luxury I have in the current setup. Run dcpromo then.
  • Install the following hotfixes from Microsoft:
    • 979099
    • 982867 (Download the Windows 7 64bit version)
    • 979744
    • 983440
    • 977020
  • Check Windows Update (again).
  • The ISO image for the Exchange 2010 SP1 is bigger than the typical DVD disk. WinCDEmu to the rescue. Mount the image and copy its contents to a USB stick. Use this to install Exchange.
  • Prepare the server for a typical setup. Change to the SCRIPTS directory and via the command line issue ServerManagerCmd.exe -InputPath Exchange-Typical.XML.
  • Run SETUP.EXE to start the Exchange installer. If there are any prerequisites missing the installer will inform you about them. You can stop the process, install the missing components and then run SETUP.EXE again. It will give you the option to continue from where you stopped the previous time.
  • I chose to perform a typical install, allowed the installer to automatically install any needed server roles and features and chose not to split the administration groups for Exchange and Active Directory since this was a relatively small installation.
  • Check Windows Update (again).

Thanks to Catastrophic Failure, for a set of notes that I’ve kept from a course she’s given on the subject reduced my installation time.

If you have any questions / suggestions that will help refine this document, please do so in the comments.

An alternate take:

Due to an 8007EE2 windows update error, I performed the following steps:

  • Install Operating System
  • Install ASP.NET Ajax extensions
  • Install the Office 2010 Filter Pack
  • Install Windows 3.5 .NET
  • Install the hotfixes
  • Run ServerManagerCmd -InputPath Exchange-Typical.XML
  • Run the Exchange installer
  • Perform updates afterwards. Be careful to include non-operating system updates too.

3 thoughts on “Installing Exchange 2010 SP1 on a Windows 2008 R2 – A typical installation

  1. Γιώργο μη μου πεις ότι βάζετε Exchange στη δουλειά ;;;

    1. Ναι, για ένα μικρό και με συγκεκριμένες ανάγκες υποσύνολο χρηστών.

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