Saturday, February 18, 2012

Check Lists for Installing Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

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You have to consider hardware, domain and software compatibility of your environment before deploying Exchange Server 2010. I have just installed Exchange Server 2010 in my test environment. below is the Check lists I prepared before installing Microsoft Exchange Server 2010.

Hardware Checklists:

A server machine with x64 architecture
Minimum 4GB RAM for a single role. If all the roles are installed in a same server, minimum 10 GB of RAM is required.  The requirement of Main memory will increase depends on the number of mailboxes configured.
(The above configuration is regarding a production environment. I have installed Exchange Server 2010 all roles on a VM with 1 GB RAM!)
1.2 GB hard disk size to contain Exchange Server files.
All the hard disk which is hosting files related to Exchange Server should be set to NTFS format.

Domain Environment Checklists:

An Active Directory Domain
A fresh installed Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard or Enterprise edition (Exchange Server 2010 can also be installed also on Windows Server 2003 SP2)
Schema Master role must be running on Windows Server 2003 Operating System or later(I am running Widows Server 2008 R2 Domain Controller).
Global Catalog Server must be on Windows Server 2003 SP1 or later(My GC is on Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition)
Forest and Domain functional levels are recommended to be Windows Server 2008 or later.

Preparing the environment:

Prepare Schema: If you are installing a fresh Exchange Server environment, you have to run prepare schema.  Run this command on Domain controller holding forest functional level:

Setup /PrepareSchema

Prepare Active Directory: Run the below command on any Domain Controller in the Domain:

Setup /PrepareAD

Prepare Domain: You have to run this command in each Domain of the forest where you want to deploy the Exchange Server 2010 services:

Setup /PrepareDomain or Setup /PrepareAllDomains (This can be used if Exchange is being deployed in all domains of the forest)

Software Checklists:

Below software, roles, role services or features need to be installed on the server where you are going to deploy Exchange 2010:

Microsoft .Net Frame work 3.5 with SP1
WinRM 2.0
Windows Powershell v2 (available by default on Windows Server 2008 R2)
2007 Office System Converter Microsoft Filter Pack.
While installing Exchange Server 2010 in GUI mode, it will list the missing components and you can straight away install all required components before deploying Exchange 2010. 

A full screenshot of installation will be followed in my next post.

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