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Install Exchange Server 2010

Applies to: Exchange Server 2010

Topic Last Modified: 2011-03-19

This topic explains how to use the Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Setup wizard to perform an installation of Exchange 2010. For more information about planning and deploying Exchange 2010, see the following topics:

You must ensure that any server on which you plan to install Exchange 2010 meets the appropriate prerequisites and system requirements before you begin your installation. To understand the prerequisites for all server roles, see Exchange 2010 Prerequisites. For more information about system requirements, see Exchange 2010 System Requirements. For more information about server roles, see Overview of Exchange 2010 Server Roles.

To perform the following procedure, the account you use must be delegated membership in the Schema Admins group if you haven't previously prepared the Active Directory schema.

If you're installing the first Exchange 2010 server in the organization, the account you use must have membership in the Enterprise Administrators group.

If you've already prepared the schema and aren't installing the first Exchange 2010 server in the organization, the account you use must be a member of the Delegated Setup management role group or the Organization Management management role group. For information about preparing Active Directory for Exchange 2010, see Prepare Active Directory and Domains.

On the Start page, make sure that you've completed Steps 1 through 3. If you haven't already installed the components discussed in those steps, Setup will link you to the appropriate sites where you can download the components. For more information about Windows PowerShell installation, see Install Windows Management Framework.

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If you're installing Exchange 2010 on Windows Server 2008 R2, don't use the downloadable .NET Framework package. Instead, use Server Manager in Windows Server 2008 R2 or run ServerManagerCmd -i NET-Framework.

For information about Exchange language options, see Exchange 2010 Language Support.

  1. The Introduction page begins the process of installing Exchange into your organization. It will guide you through the installation. Click Next to continue.
  2. On the License Agreement page, you can accept the agreement, and then click Next.
  3. On the Error Reporting page, select whether you want to enable or disable the Exchange Error Reporting feature, and then click Next.
  4. On the Installation Type page, select whether you want a typical Exchange Server installation or a custom Exchange Server installation, and then click Next. Note that, if you choose the Typical Exchange Server Installation option, the Hub Transport, Client Access, and Mailbox server roles plus the Exchange Management Tools will be installed. You will not be able to install the Unified Messaging server role or Edge Transport server role. You can add additional server roles later if you choose not to install them during this installation.
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    For e-mail messages to flow correctly, you must install both the Mailbox server role and the Hub Transport server role in the same Active Directory site. You can also install the Mailbox server role, the Hub Transport server role, the Client Access server role, and the Unified Messaging server role on the same computer or on separate computers.
  5. On the Server Role Selection page, click Next. You can add additional server roles later if you choose not to install them during this installation. The Edge Transport server role can't coexist on the same computer with any other server role. You must deploy the Edge Transport server role in the perimeter network and outside the Active Directory forest. Also, the Exchange management tools aren't installed by default. Therefore, select Management Tools to install the Exchange Management Console and the Exchange cmdlets for the Exchange Management Shell. The management tools are installed automatically if you install any other server role.
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    You will not see this page if you choose a typical Exchange installation.
  6. If this is the first Exchange server in your organization, on the Exchange Organization page, type a name for your Exchange organization. The Exchange organization name can contain only the following characters:
    • A through Z
    • a through z
    • 0 through 9
    • Space (not leading or trailing)
    • Hyphen or dash
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      The organization name can't contain more than 64 characters. The organization name can't be blank. If the organization name contains spaces, you must enclose it in quotation marks.
  7. If this is the first Exchange server in your organization, on the Client Settings page, click the option that describes the client computers in your organization that are running Microsoft Office Outlook.
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    If you have client computers that are running Outlook 2003 or earlier and you select Yes, Exchange 2010 will create a public folder database on the Mailbox server. If all your client computers are running Outlook 2010, public folders are optional in Exchange 2010. If you select No, Exchange 2010 will not create a public folder database on the Mailbox server. You can add a public folder database later. For example, if you add client computers that are running Outlook 2003 and you need a public folder database, you can create one on the Exchange 2010 Mailbox server. You must then configure the offline address book for public folder distribution, and then restart the Microsoft Exchange Information Store service before client computers that are running Outlook 2003 and earlier will be able to connect to the server.
  8. On the Configure Client Access Server external domain page, enter a domain name to use to configure your Client Access servers. For more information about configuring Client Access servers, see Managing External Client Access. Click Next.
    Configure Client Access Server external domain page
    Configure client access server external domain
  9. On the Customer Experience Improvement page, choose the appropriate selections for your organization, and then click Next.
  10. On the Readiness Checks page, view the status to determine if the organization and server role prerequisite checks completed successfully. If they haven't completed successfully, you must resolve any reported errors before you can install exExchange2010. You don't need to exit Setup when resolving some of the prerequisite errors. After resolving a reported error, click Retry to re-run the prerequisite check. Be sure to also review any warnings that are reported. If all readiness checks have completed successfully, click Install to install Exchange 2010
  11. On the Completion page, click Finish.
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