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Exchange 2013 Server installation – Part 1

Posted by Alan McBurney on November 3, 2012

This is the first of a multi part blog post on the setup and configuration of Exchange Server 2013

The Exchange environment will be split out over 4 servers (2x Client Access & 2x Mailbox)

The backend mailbox will be configured in a DAG and the front end will be load balanced using a Kemp Virtual Load Master

All servers are running Windows Server 2012 RTM in vSphere 5.1

The lab is setup as per the table below

Kemp VLM

Ill will not be covering the initial OS configuration and all servers have been joined to the domain

In part 1 here we will deal with installation of the Client Access Server. (Configuration guides will come in later posts)

So with that in mind lets start the installation of Exchange Server 2013.


The Client access server requires some pre requisites before we can launch Exchange setup

These prereqs are the Windows Server Foundation feature and Microsoft Unified Communication API 4.

To install the Windows Server Foundation open PowerShell and run the following commands

Import-Module ServerManager (No need to import modules when running PowerShell v3 or v4 on Server 2012)

Add-WindowsFeature Server-Media-Foundation

Shutdown –r –t 00 Restart-Computer (Restart the PowerShell way)


When the server comes back up after its reboot install Microsoft Unified Communications API 4.0 Runtime


With all the pre requisites now installed we can finally launch the Exchange Setup routine.

The following screenshots walk though the installation.

CAS Setup 1CAS Setup 2CAS Setup 4CAS Setup 3aCAS Setup 5CAS Setup 6CAS Setup 7CAS Setup 7aCAS Setup 8CAS Setup 9CAS Setup 10

And that’s part one finished. This process is repeated for the installation of CAS02

In part 2 I will be covering the installation of the Mailbox Server


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