Install Exchange 2007 SP3 on Windows 2008 R2

Now with Exchange server 2013 scenario testing on the way it’s time again to install Exchange Server 2007 in our lab again. Since Windows 2008 R2 is fully supported with Exchange Server 2007 SP3 this is my preferred server.

The easiest way to install the prerequisite server roles and features is to use PowerShell. The first server you’re going to install (and that is going to change Active Directory) needs the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT). RSAT also includes Active Directory Users and Computers, it can be useful to install it on other servers as well. Use the following command to install RSAT:

Import-Module ServerManager
Add-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS
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Installing Exchange 2013 – Part I

Exchange server 2013 consists of two server roles, the Mailbox Server (sometimes referred to as the back-end) and the Client Access Server (sometimes referred to as the front-end). All clients connect to the CAS Server and the CAS Server proxies the request to the appropriate mailbox server.

It is possible to install the server roles on dedicated servers, multiple Exchange 2013 CAS servers with a hardware load balancer and multiple Exchange 2013 Mailbox servers with a Database Availability Group. This is the preferred way for large companies with lots of mailboxes, lots of servers and maybe multiple (global) datacenter. To be honest, this is where Exchange 2013 is designed for. But it is also possible for smaller organizations to install just two Exchange 2013 server with both roles on it, a DAG for mailbox resiliency and a hardware of software load balancers for the protocol resiliency.

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