There are a few guides out and about on the web about how you can install the Release Preview of Exchange 2013 on either Windows 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate. I thought that I would provide another, but instead of going through all the steps in written form – I would do a video guide and throw in a few scripts that can help speed up the process.
First off – it is important to point out that (as the name suggests) Exchange 2013 is pre-release software – and therefore steps in this guide are subject to change. You must not install Exchange 2013 into your production environment.
Before you can install Exchange 2013 RP on Windows 2008 R2, as with previous versions of Exchange you need to install a number of Operating System prerequisites.
These are detailed here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb691354(v=exchg.150)#WS2008R2SP1. However for convenience I have created a script which you can download below that will install them for you based upon the roles that you would like on your target Exchange Server.
You should download the script to the server on which that you will be installing Exchange 2013 RP. Before you run the script – ensure that you have followed the steps in this article to allow for its execution.
To execute the script use the command line that is highlighted in RED below – you will then be prompted to make a choice between installing the Operating System prerequisites for Mailbox Server or the Mailbox Server and Client Access Server Roles – these options are highlighted in YELLOW below:
When you have made your choice the script will being the installation process – see below;
The Powershell script above is available for download below:
After executing the script you server will reboot so ensure that you have closed down or saved anything important.
Preparing the Server for Exchange 2013
Before we can install Exchange 2013 there are a number of pre-requisite software binaries that you need to install. These are detailed below.
- Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 RC
- Windows Management Framework 3.0
- Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0, Core Runtime 64-bit
- Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack 64 bit
- Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack SP1 64 bit
- Microsoft Knowledge Base article KB974405 (Windows Identity Foundation)
- Knowledge Base article KB2619234 (Enable the Association Cookie/GUID that is used by RPC over HTTP to also be used at the RPC layer in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2)
- Knowledge Base article KB2533623 (Insecure library loading could allow remote code execution)
You will need to download them to a location on your intended Exchange Server.
Video Overview – Installation Process
Please click on the following video to watch the installation process of the prerequisites.
In the next part of this series, I will go through the process of installing Exchange 2013.