Installing Exchange 2013


1.   Install Remote Tools Administration Pack (RSAT- ADDS). To do this we will be using Windows PowerShell run as Administrator with the following commands.

Install-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS

Note: It will tell you that you need to restart, but do not do it yet. We will do it in the next two steps.



2.   Install all the roles needed for Exchange before the setup requires. This saves a lot of time. We will be using Windows PowerShell run as Administrator to install the following roles.

Install-WindowsFeature AS-HTTP-Activation, Desktop-Experience, NET-Framework-45-Features, RPC-over-HTTP-proxy, RSAT-Clustering, RSAT-Clustering-CmdInterface, 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


3.    Reboot the system after you have installed the roles. To do this we will be using Windows PowerShell with the following command.




Now we have the roles installed, but we the following x64 software to install:

4.   Install Microsoft Unified Communication Managed API 4.0 from the link below.

Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0 Runtime


5.  Install Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack x64 from the link below.

Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack x64


6.  Install Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack SP1 x64 from the link below

Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack SP1 x64



Once the above files have been installed it is time to finish the prerequisites. Note the below doesn’t need to be done, but it does save a lot of time on the install process.


7.   Preparing Active Directory

Browse to the location of the install (I stored mine on the C:\Exchange)


.\setup /Preparead /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms /OrganizationName:”Enter Exchange Org Name”


8.   Preparing Schema

.\setup /PrepareSchema /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms


9.   Preparing Domain

.\setup /Preparedomain /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

NOTE: After doing this a few times. I have noticed that the percentage doesn’t always add up. The best way to check on the percentage is by just hitting the enter key for it to refresh. The down side is that it will create a lot of null entry points.

After finishing the prerequisites, it is time to install Exchange 2013.

10.    Navigate to the CD or folder structure to install the setup.exe.

11.    The first screen will check for any updates. You can choose not to check as well. Click Next.


12.    If no updates are found you will see this. Click Next.

13.   Now it will copy files to a temp directory. This could take some time depending on the speed of the machine. If you did steps 7-9 it will take no time at all. Click Next.3414.    Now it is time to start the installation process. Click Next.


15.    Accept the License Agreement and click Next


16.    Going to accept the default for Recommended Settings. Click Next.


17.    Select Mailbox and Client Access role. Click Next.

18.     Leave it on the default install location. Click Next.

19.    Name your Exchange Organization or leave it default. You will not see this screen if you did step 7. Click Next.



20.    Do you want Malware protection on or off? If you plan to install a third party application you want to turn it to Yes, but if you are not leave it at No. Click Next.


21.    Now Exchange will check your system to make sure it is ready to install. If you ran the PowerShell steps it will not give you any errors. If you didn’t it may tell you to install or make sure the user who is installing has admin rights. If you installed it on a Domain Controller it will also give you a warning message. Note: This can take up to 1 hour depending on your hardware.

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23.    Now you can launch Exchange 2013 or choose not to. We will not run it at this time. Click Finish.


24.   After clicking Finish it is suggested to do a Windows Update and restart the machine.

25.   Once the machine comes back up, navigate to  https://exchange/ecpLogin with the user who created Exchange.


26.    Now you are at the Exchange Admin Center.



Exchange 2013 Installed Successfully!!

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