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Installing Exchange Server 2013 Pre-Requisites on Windows Server 2012

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Exchange Server 2013 can be installed on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2, either Standard or Datacenter edition.

Windows Server 2012 will support any of the Exchange 2013 server roles. Unlike Windows Server 2008 R2, if you want to run Exchange Server 2013 Mailbox servers as members of a Database Availability Group you can still do so with the Standard edition of Windows Server 2012. Enterprise edition is not required for DAG members.

Note: Exchange Server 2013 CU4 (also known as Service Pack 1) added support for installing on Windows Server 2012 R2. For the purposes of this article any mention of Windows Server 2012 includes R2, and assumes that you will be installing the latest Exchange Server 2013 build.

As there are only two mandatory Exchange Server 2013 server roles there are only two combinations of pre-requisites required:

  • Mailbox servers, or combination Mailbox and Client Access servers
  • Client Access servers

Both of these server role installation scenarios are covered in this article.

For the third server role, Edge Transport, the pre-requisites are quite minimal. Find out more about installing Exchange 2013 Edge Transport here.

Installing Pre-Requisites for an Exchange Server 2013 Mailbox, or Mailbox and Client Access Server

For a Windows Server 2012 server that will host either the Exchange 2013 Mailbox server role, or both the Mailbox and Client Access server roles, the following PowerShell commands is used to install the required server roles and features.

Note: the Add-WindowsFeature command is quite lengthy and you will need to scroll across to be able to copy/paste all of it.

A restart is required after the roles and features have finished installing. To restart automatically, append -Restart to the command above.

Next, install the Unified Communications Managed API 4.0 Runtime, and the Visual C++ 2013 redistributable package.

Some documentation also references installing Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack 64 bit and Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack SP1 64 bit. Neither of those components are mandatory, however if you do not install them you’ll see a warning during setup (that you can ignore). For more information refer to this article.

Installing Pre-Requisites for an Exchange Server 2013 Client Access Server

For a Windows Server 2012 server that will host only the Exchange 2013 Client Access server role, the following PowerShell command is used to install the required roles and features.

Note: the Add-WindowsFeature command is quite lengthy and you will need to scroll across to be able to copy/paste all of it.

A restart is required after the roles and features have finished installing.

Next, install the following software. This is the same requirement as the Mailbox server role just without the Office Filter Pack.

The server is now ready for the installation of Exchange Server 2013.

Abdulsalam Garba

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