Install Exchange 2007 SP3 in Windows Server 2008 R2

Exchange 2007 SP3 now supports installation on Windows Server 2008 R2. Major improved features are improved password reset functionality and updated search functionality. This article shows steps to install Exchange 2007 SP3 in Windows Server 2008 R2. There are few requirements for Exchange 2007 installations, 

  • The server where Exchange 2007 will be installed must be domain-joined with static IP address. 
  • Domain functional level of Active Directory must be Windows Server 2000 or higher. 
  • Active Directory with Global Catalog and/or Schema Master role must be running Server 2003 SP1 or higher. 

Install Exchange 2007 SP3 in Windows Server 2008 R2

The diagram below shows simple scenario for our Exchange 2007 installation. Open Windows PowerShell as Administrator. 

Install Exchange 2007 SP3

In this scenario, there is MBG-DC01 server with Active Directory and DNS server role installed. The Active Directory domain is, mustbegeek.local. MBG-EXCH01 server is running Windows Server 2008 R2. Exchange 2007 SP3 will be installed on MBG-EXCH01 with Hub, CAS and Mailbox server roles. 

Logon to MBG-MBX Server with domain administrator account. Open Windows PowerShell as Administrator and run following cmdlets, these are prerequisites for installing CAS, Hub and mailbox in one server, 

Import-Module ServerManager
Add-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS,Web-Server,Web-Metabase,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console,Web-Dyn-Compression,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Digest-Auth,RPC-Over-HTTP-Proxy;

Once installation is successful, you will get page shown below showing successful installation of each component. And restart the server. 

Install Exchange 2007 SP3

After the restart of  MBG-EXCH01, these are some cmdlets that should be run based on the roles you want to install on the Exchange server. 

For Hub server role

Add-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS,Web-Metabase,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console

For CAS server role

Add-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS,Web-Server,Web-Metabase,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console,Web-Dyn-Compression,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Digest-Auth,RPC-Over-HTTP-Proxy

For Mailbox server role 

Add-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS,Web-Server,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-Metabase,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Windows-Auth;

For unified Messaging server role

Add-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS,Web-Metabase,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console,Desktop-Experience;

For Edge server role

Add-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS,ADLDS;

For CAS and HUB server role

Add-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS,Web-Server,Web-Metabase,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console,Web-Dyn-Compression,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Digest-Auth,RPC-Over-HTTP-Proxy;

Download Exchange 2007 SP3 and extract the binaries on the MBG-EXCH01. Run the Setup.exe from the extracted folder. 

Once you click the setup.exe file Exchange installation wizard opens up. Click “Install Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP3” from the menu. 

The wizard welcomes you to the introduction page. Click Next

Accept the license agreement and click Next.

Choose your prefered option for error reporting and click Next

Now choose typical installation option. This option will install Hub Transport, Client Access and Mailbox server roles. Click Next

Enter name for this Exchange Organization and click Next

Choose Yes if you have users using Outlook 2003 and No if you have users using Outlook 2007 or newer. Click Next

Setup will now go through readiness checks. If all is green like shown above, click Install. Installation of Exchange 2007 will now start. 

Install Exchange 2007 SP3

After the installation is successful, choose option “Finalize installation using the Exchange Management Console” and click Finish. Now restart the Exchange server and setup mail flow, mailboxes and databases. Installation of latest Exchange Update Rollup is strongly recommended. In this way you can install Exchange 2007 SP3 in Windows Server 2008 R2

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