Quick Guide to Exchange server 2010 Installation

This document describes how the exchange environment for ExchangeDictionary.com is installed. This includes the steps by step process of installing exchange in a new environment.

Exchange and AD Environment Pre-requirement 

  • Ensure that the Active Directory® service is in 2003 Native mode. If Active Directory is not in native mode, we will not be able to install Exchange 14.
  • Ensure that the schema master is running Windows® Server 2003 Sp2 or later.
  • Apply Exchange Server 2007 Sp2 to the existing environment. If the environment contains Exchange 2007 servers the best way to upgrade is to install SP2 to all existing Exchange 2007 servers. 
  • Migrate and Remove Exchange 5.5 or Exchange 2000 servers in the organization. Exchange 2007 cannot coexist with Exchange 5.5 and Exchange 2000 server in the same Exchange organization.

Note – It is always recommended to run an ExBPA to ensure the current environment is error free(if you are installing the exchange 14 to the existing organization.

Operating System Requirement
Yes, we have to complete the pre-requisites for the smooth installation of exchange 2010. The below table gives the operating system requirement for installing exchange 2010:

Exchange 2010 component

OS Requirement

Exchange Server 2010

(Note: 64 bit System is mandatory

  • 64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008 Standard or Enterprise with Service Pack 2.
  • 64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard or Enterprise

Exchange 2010 Management Console only

(Note – 64 bit system is mandatory)

  • Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 or later.
  • Windows 7.

Now let us look at the step by step installation of Exchange 2010. I have used Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise edition for my ExchangeDictionary.com exchange server 2010 lab.

First Note: Disable IPv6 if you got any error with hub transport role installation.



DWORD (32-bit) Value –> 0xffffffff


  1. Install Windows 2008 r2 operating system and join it to the domain
    (here it is exchangedictionary.com).
  2. Open Windows PowerShell console window (click on Start and navigate to All Programs\Accessories\Windows PowerShell\Windows PowerShell)
  3. Enter Import-Module ServerManager and hit Enter.



4.      With the help of Add-WindowsFeature cmdlet, install the required windows features for the Exchange  14 installation. The Below table gives the straight forward commands for adding windows features for each combination of exchange 2010 server.

Role Combination

Add-WindowsFeature command

Client Access, Hub Transport, and the Mailbox role

Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework,RSAT-ADDS,Web-Server,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Metabase,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console,WAS-Process-Model,RSAT-Web-Server,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-Digest-Auth,Web-Dyn-Compression,NET-HTTP-Activation,RPC-Over-HTTP-Proxy

Client Access Role

Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework,RSAT-ADDS,Web-Server,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Metabase,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console,WAS-Process-Model,RSAT-Web-Server,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-Digest-Auth,Web-Dyn-Compression,NET-HTTP-Activation,RPC-Over-HTTP-Proxy

Hub Transport

Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework,RSAT-ADDS,Web-Server,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Metabase,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console,WAS-Process-Model,RSAT-Web-Server

Edge Transport

Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework,RSAT-ADDS,ADLDS

I have chosen the features for typical exchange server(Hub, CAS and Mailbox installation)

The installation start immediately after the execution of the above command, see the status bar below.

The status of installation windows continues below, most of the feature addition requires the server reboot(status below).



















you will have to restart the machine to continue with the installation.

5.    Set the start up type of Net.Tcp Port Sharing Service to automatic(this is required for successful completion of CAS role installation)Type the command Set-Service NetTcpPortsharing -Startuptype Automatic on Windows Powershell and hit enter.






Note – This can be done from services mmc console(as per your comfort level).

6.  Install the filter pack (this is required for MBX and CAS installation)
















7.  Browse Exchange server source CD and start the installation (setup.exe)

8.  Click on Choose Exchange Language option and then select only from DVD option(this will install only US English).

9.   Click on Install Microsoft Exchange(step 4 in the below screen shot)

10.  Click Next

11.   Accept the License Agreement and click on Next

12.   Select on appropriate error reporting option and click Next

13.   Highlight the Typical Exchange Server Installation(Hub, CAS, MBX and Management Tools) and click on Next

Note – you also have option to change the default installation directory if required.

14.   Type an Exchange Organization name(here I have typed ExchangeDictionary) and click on Next

15.   Select the appropriate client setting and proceed with Next

16.   Type the OWA access URL and click on Next

17.   Select the right choice for CEIP and click on Next

18.   Now exchange will start the readiness check

19.   On successful completion of the readiness check, proceed with the installation by clicking on Install button on as shown below.

20.   Installation progresses !

21.   Below screen shows the successful installation of Exchange 2010.


Yes, you are done! now your exchange server is ready for operation!!! Write your comments to me!

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