How to Install Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 on Windows Server 2012

In this blog post we will be exploring Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Setup on a Windows Server 2012 Member server.

Minimum Permission Requisites

The account with which we are going to install Exchange Server 2013 should be a member of Enterprise Admins Group and Schema Admins Group.



DC Name : DC1

Domain Functional Level : Windows Server 2012

Forest Functional Level : Windows Server 2012

Single AD Site.

Exchange Server 2013 with all Roles

Step By Step Installation Guide

Preparing Active Directory


Figure 1.1 : Import-Module ServerManager

In Figure 1.1 post Importing Module we have to install windows feature by running “Install-WindowsFeature RSTA-ADDS”


Figure 1.2 : Installation of ADDS feature.


Figure 1.3 : Feature installed.

No restart is required post installing the RSAT-ADDS Feature.

Run the below command using shell for installing Windows Features for Mailbox Role and Client Access Role.

Install-WindowsFeature AS-HTTP-Activation, Desktop-Experience, NET-Framework-45-Features, RPC-over-HTTP-proxy, RSAT-Clustering, RSAT-Clustering-CmdInterface, Web-Mgmt-Console, WAS-Process-Model, Web-Asp-Net45, Web-Basic-Auth, Web-Client-Auth, Web-Digest-Auth, Web-Dir-Browsing, Web-Dyn-Compression, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Http-Redirect, Web-Http-Tracing, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Filter, Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console, Web-Metabase, Web-Mgmt-Console, Web-Mgmt-Service, Web-Net-Ext45, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Server, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-Static-Content, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-WMI, Windows-Identity-Foundation



Figure 1.4 : Installation of Windows Feature for Mailbox Role and Client Access Role


Figure 1.5 : Setup Completed and Restart is required for final completion.

After Restarting the server we have to install the below software’s in the following sequence.

1) Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0, Core Runtime 64-bit – Download


Figure 1.6 : Microsoft Unified Communication Managed API 4.0, Runtime Setup.


Figure 1.7 : Microsoft Unified Communications setup continued.

Select I have read and accept the license terms.

And select Install.


Figure 1.8 : Installation is Complete

Unified Communications Managed API 4.0 Runtime setup is completed.

We have to continue with Microsoft Filter pack 2.0.

2) Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack 2.0 – 64 Bit – Download


Figure 1.9 : Setup wizard for Microsoft Filter Pack 2.0


Figure 1.10 : Select I accept the terms in the License Agreement


Figure 1.11 : Setup completed.

Microsoft Filter pack 2.0 setup has completed successfully.

3) Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack SP1 – 64 Bit – Download


Figure 1.12 : Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack SP1 setup


Figure 1.13 : Setup completed.

So far we have completed software pre-requisites.

Now lets Prepare the Active Directory for Installing Exchange Server 2013 for the first time.

Running Prepare Schema by running the following command.


Figure 2.1 : Prepare Schema


Figure 2.2 : PrepareAD with Org switch.

Active Directory is now Prepared. Now lets start the installation of Exchange with GUI.