In this blog we will be installing Exchange Server 2013 in an Active Directory Site Re-designed. If you already have an Active Directory which has Exchange Server 2010 with improper design. Plan to fix it before deploying Exchange Server 2013, since AD Sites and Services plays a major role for mail routing and other Exchange related communications.
Before We Begin
The account with which we are going to install Exchange Server 2013 should be a member of Enterprise Admins Group and Schema Admins Group.
Member Server : MBX (Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1)
Domain Functional Level : Windows Server 2008 R2
Forest Functional Level : Windows Server 2008 R2
Install Pre-Requisites software in the sequence mentioned here.
Post installation prepare schema by running the following command as shown below.
Figure 1.1 : Prepare Schema
Figure 1.2 : Prepare AD
Figure 1.3 : PrepareAllDomains
Active Directory is prepared for Exchange Server 2013 installation.
Figure 1.4 : Introduction
Figure 1.5 : License Agreement
Figure 1.6 : Recommended Settings
Figure 1.7 : Server Role Selection
Figure 1.8 : Installation Path
Figure 1.9 : Protection
Figure 1.10 : Readiness Checks
Figure 1.11 : Setup Progress
Figure 1.12 : Setup Completed.
Figure 1.13 : EAC Logon Page
Figure 1.14 : Able to create Mailbox
How to check if Exchange Server is able to discover Active Directory Topology.
Open Event Viewer and check below event id.
Figure 1.15 : 2080
In figure 1.15 event id 2080 clearly states that Exchange Server is able to locate local and remote site DC’s.
I hope that I have made it very clear and simple to understand why Active Directory is so important.
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