Install Exchange Server 2013 SP1 in Windows Server 2012 R2

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Microsoft released Exchange Server 2013 SP1 on Feb 25, 2014. With the release of Edge Transport server role, Exchange 2013 is finally a complete product. Exchange 2013 now has total of three roles, Mailbox server role, Client Access server role and Edge Transport server role. Exchange 2013 SP 1 also introduced many new features. In this post, I will show steps to install Exchange Server 2013 SP1 in Windows Server 2012 R2.

Install Exchange Server 2013 SP1 in Windows Server 2012 R2

Here, I will install Mailbox server role and Client Access server role on same server. There are different set of prerequisites you must follow depending upon your scenario before you can install Exchange 2013 SP1, so make sure you follow them. This scenario is pretty straight forward with single Domain Controller (MBG-DC01) and single Exchange Server (MBG-EX01) as shown in the diagram below.

Exchange Setup

Prerequisites of this type of installation are: –

  1. The Active Directory forest functional level must be at least Server 2003.
  2. The Active Directory site must contain at least one Global Catalog server and a writable domain controller.
  3. Exchange Server must be member of Domain Controller.
  4. Perform Windows Update and reboot the Mail Server.
  5. Install .NET Framework 4.5 and Windows Management Framework 4.0 in Mail Server. In most cases, this feature is installed by default.

Before beginning the installation of Exchange 2013 SP1, let’s install some pre-requisite applications. At first, install the remote server administration toolkit and other required components in mail server. Log on to Exchange server and open powershell. Type Install-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS to install RSAT tool as shown below.

1. Installing Prerequisites

Now, run the following command in Windows PowerShell to install other required components.
Install-WindowsFeature AS-HTTP-Activation, Desktop-Experience, NET-Framework-45-Features, RPC-over-HTTP-proxy, RSAT-Clustering, RSAT-Clustering-CmdInterface, RSAT-Clustering-Mgmt, RSAT-Clustering-PowerShell, 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

Download and install Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0, Core Runtime 64-bit in Mail Server. I got an error when I tried to install this application.

Media Foundation

To fix this error, install media foundation feature from Server Manager.

media foundation solution

Now try installing Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0 again. After installing all the prequisites, let’s begin the installation of Exchange 2013 SP1.

Exchange 2013 SP1 Installation Steps

Now run the Exchange 2013 SP1 installer. The setup will try to get Exchange updates, you can check and download the updates. But here, I will ignore and click Next.

1. Exchange Update

The setup will now take some time to copy the installation files and following Introduction page will appear. Read the page and click Next.

Install Exchange Server 2013 SP1 in Windows Server 2012 R2

Now you are asked to accept license agreement. Choose I accept and click Next.

Accept License Agreement

Here, do not choose the recommended settings and click Next.

Don't Use Recommended Settings

Choose Exchange Server roles and click Next. Here, I will choose Mailbox server role and Client Access server role.

Select Exchange Roles

Point the installation location and click Next. Choose other than C: drive. But here, I will choose the default.

Installation Location

Type the name for this Exchange organization. This could be your organization name. I will type MustBeGeek and click Next. Choose not to disable malware protection and click Next.

Don't disable malware

The server will now perform some prerequisite checks and if all good you can hit the install button. The setup will now start.

Installing Exchange

The setup will take some time to complete the installation.

Setup Completed

Check launch EAC and click Finish. Enter administrator credentials and login. You can also open the Exchange Admin Center by browsing the link, https://localhost/ecp in the browser of the Exchange Server itself.


You have successfully installed Exchange 2013 SP1. Don’t forget to check the latest updates and service packs. You can now create mailboxes. In addition, setup external and internal urls to use mailboxes using different client applications. Also, configure URL redirections. Then configure send connectors to send and receive emails from the Internet.

To check your current build of Exchange 2013 type following cmdlet in Exchange Management Shell.

[PS] C:\Windows\System32>Get-ExchangeServer | fl name,edition,admindisplayversion

Exchange Version

In this way you can install Exchange Server 2013 SP1 in Windows Server 2012 R2.


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