Installing Exchange 2013 On Windows 2008 R2 SP1

Exchange 2013 can be installed on either Windows 2008 R2 SP1 or 2012. In this article, I will go through the steps to install 2013 on a 2008 R2 SP1 server.

Before touching the Exchange 2013 ISO, all prerequisites have to be met. Read my previous article (here) and prepare the server for the new version of Exchange.

Once the prereqs are installed, run the setup from the Exchange 2013 dvd/iso. Make your selection for checking the updates and click Next.

Exchange 2013 Install Check for updates_1

The setup will start copying the 2013 files. Click Next when done.

Exchange 2013 Install Copying files_2

You will be presented with the Introduction page, click Next.

Exchange 2013 Install Introduction_3

Accept the license and click Next.

Exchange 2013 Install Accept License_4

Make your selection on reporting the errors to Microsoft and click Next.

Exchange 2013 Install Error Reporting_5

Setup will check whether all prerequisites are met and click Next if they are installed.

Exchange 2013 Install Checking prereqs_6

Select the server roles you want to be installed. Note that Management Tools and the option to automatically install roles & features are enabled by default.

Exchange 2013 Install Server Role_7

Select the folder in which you want Exchange to be installed.

Exchange 2013 Install Location_8

Give a name for your Exchange Org & select whether you need split permission model. Note that the preview version of Exchange 2013 doesn’t co-exist with 2007 or 2010.

Exchange 2013 Install Exch Org_9

Something new in 2013, the malware protection is build into the product.

Exchange 2013 Install Malware Protection_10

Configure the CAS with the url to be used for Exchange services.

Exchange 2013 Install Configure CAS url_11

Select whether you want to be part of the customer experience improvement program & Click Next.

Exchange 2013 Install Customer Exp_12

Setup goes through the final readiness check and click Next once the checks are successful.

Exchange 2013 Install Readiness Check_13

The setup will start installing Exchange 2013. There are 15 steps and it will take a while. Go get a coffee at this stage Winking smile

Exchange 2013 Install Setup_14

Click Complete when the installation finishes.

Exchange 2013 Install Setup Complete

Reboot the server, login and you will have the Exchange 2013 Toolbox (yes, no more EMC) and Shell.

Exchange 2013 Tools

The 2013 toolbox has only four tools in it.

Exchange 2013 Toolbox

This completes the installation of Exchange 2013 on a Windows 2008 R2 SP1 server.

5 thoughts on “Installing Exchange 2013 On Windows 2008 R2 SP1”

  1. What are the pre-requisites for Server 2008 R2 if I only want to install the Exchange Management Tools?

    So Far I’ve installed Management Framework 4.0, .NET 4.5.2 and Windows Indentity Foundation, but its still failing.

  2. Hi Rajith Enchiparambil,

    I am not getting client access server option.While installing exch 2013.And also i am useing windows 2008 R2 sp1.Please help me out.


  3. No more EMC, this has got to be a joke?? I wonder what’s gonna happen to all the users who don’t understand Powershell. Microsoft are clearly going in the wrong direction.

    • Hi Soren,

      That is correct, no more EMC. But, the Exchange Control Panel is the new EMC. The GUI client is now web based. I am writing about it at the moment, check the blog later on for more info.


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