How to Install Exchange Server 2010 SP3 on a Windows Server 2012

Installing Exchange Server 2010 SP3 on a Windows Server 2012 is little different as we have seen in the past. In this article we will be sharing as to how to complete the setup without any errors.

Estimated Time : 60 Minutes

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Ensure that the server is updated with all latest updates. .Net Framework 3.5 Setup might fail.

Post which Insert Windows Server 2012 Setup Media to the DVD drive and run the following command.


Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework-Core,RSAT-ADDS,Web-Server,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Metabase,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console,WAS-Process-Model,Web-Mgmt-Tools,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-Digest-Auth,Web-Dyn-Compression,NET-HTTP-Activation,Web-Asp-Net,Web-Client-Auth,Web-Dir-Browsing,Web-Http-Errors,Web-Http-Logging,Web-Http-Redirect,Web-Http-Tracing,Web-ISAPI-Filter,Web-Request-Monitor,Web-Static-Content,Web-WMI,RPC-Over-HTTP-Proxy –Restart


Figure 1.1 : Windows Feature Installation

Download filter packs and install them.

Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs

Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs Service Pack 1

Post installing Filter packs. Download Exchange Server 2010 SP3 and extract it.


Figure 1.2 : Prepare Schema


Figure 1.3 : Prepare AD

In figure 1.2 and 1.3 we have prepared the forest. Since this is a brand new setup this steps are required. If you already have an existing environment then you can go ahead with schema preparation and then start directly with core setup.


Figure 1.4 : 2010 SP3 Setup


Figure 1.5 : Setup Completed.

I have skipped few steps since they are self explanatory.


Figure 1.6 : EMC with Version showing as 14.3


Figure 1.7 : Shell Output showing as 14.3


Points to remember

  • Windows Update can help move the setup easily
  • Before beginning the setup ensure that Windows Server 2012 Setup media is ready.



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Comments: 5
  1. Sabarish Venkatraman

    Excellent Article.


  2. Shyam

    Seems no need of installing language packs before updating to a SP3.Because in earlier version such as in E2k10…we need to install the language packs before upgrading to a sp3.

    Please let me know.

  3. Sunder

    Thank You

  4. Jayanand Aroskar

    Excellent Article !!!

  5. Sunder

    If you are doing an inplace upgrade on windows server 2008 R2 then you will already have the existing language packs.

    The above is for windows server 2012 and it supports only SP3 recommended.

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