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Verify an Exchange 2010 Installation

Applies to: Exchange Server 2010

Topic Last Modified: 2009-12-07

After you install Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, we recommend that you verify the installation by running the Get-ExchangeServer cmdlet and by reviewing the setup log file. If the setup process fails or errors occur during installation, you can use the setup log file to track down the source of the problem.

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For information about the Exchange services that are installed and their status after you install Exchange 2010, see Overview of Services Installed by Exchange Setup.

To verify that Exchange 2010 installed successfully, run the Get-ExchangeServer cmdlet in the Exchange Management Shell. A list is displayed of all Exchange 2010 server roles that are installed on the specified server when this cmdlet is run.

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The Edge Transport server role can't share hardware with another Exchange 2010 server role.

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Get-ExchangeServer.

You can also learn more about the installation and configuration of Exchange 2010 by reviewing the setup log created during the setup process.

During installation, Exchange Setup logs events in the Application log of Event Viewer on computers that are running Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Review the Application log, and make sure that there are no warning or error messages related to Exchange setup. These log files contain a history of each action that the system takes during Exchange 2010 setup and any errors that may have occurred. By default, the logging method is set to verbose. Information is available for each installed server role.

You can find the setup log at <system drive>\ExchangeSetupLogs\ExchangeSetup.log. The <system drive> variable represents the root directory of the drive where the operating system is installed.

The setup log file tracks the progress of every task that is performed during the Exchange 2010 installation and configuration. The file contains information about the status of the prerequisite and system readiness checks that are performed before installation starts, the application installation progress, and the configuration changes that are made to the system. Check this log file to verify that the server roles were installed as expected.

We recommend that you start to review the setup log file by searching for any errors. If you find an entry that indicates that an error occurred, read the associated text to determine the cause of the error.

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