Installing Exchange 2010 on Windows 2008 SP2 (not R2)

Step 1: Prepare AD

Raise Domain Functional Level:

  • Open Active Directory Users
  •  and Computers.
  • Right click on your domain  and select Raise Domain Functional Level
  • select Windows Server 2003

Raise Forest Functional Level:

  • Open Active Directory Domains and Trusts
  • Right Active Directory Domains and Trusts and select Raise Forest Functional Level. NB – Do not right click on your domain this needs to be done at the top level.

Raise Exchange Operational Mode:

  • Open Exchange system  (on exchange 2003 server)
  • Change from Mixed mode as shown below

Step 2: Install Pre-requisites on Exchange Server

Install filterpack

 Install the following from server manager

Install the “web server” role (and pre-reqs) with

  • IIS6 compatibility
  • IIS management scripts and tools
  • IIS6 management console
  • Basic and windows authentication
  • .net extensibility (and pre-reqs)
  • dynamic content compression
  • digest authentication

Under the .net framework 3.0 features add

  • HTTP activation (under WCF activation)

Open windows powershell (run as administrator)

  • Set-Service NetTcpPortSharing -StartupType Automatic

I would then run a windows update and install any available updates before running the Exchange 2010 setup

Run exchange setup


Post install

Make sure you run download the latest updates. Install microsoft updates and check for windows updates.

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