As I will test some of the new features of Exchange 2007 Beta 2 I am installing some new Windows Servers in my Virtual Server Environment.
I have my domain controller running and a member server where I will install Exchange 2007 Beta 2.
Before installing Exchange you need to prepare the forest, schema and domain you can do that within the command prompt:
setup /preparedomain or setup /preparealldomains
The next step is to install Exchange 2007 on the member server. You can either choose to have a command line setup or use the GUI. I will stick with the GUI for now.
The pre-requisites for the actual Exchange server are:
.Net Framework 2.0
Internet Information Service (IIS)
As you can see on the screenshot(s) the Exchange setup checks the pre-requisites before the actual setup can be done.
I had some troubles installing Exchange with the GUI so I moved on to the command line:
setup /m:Installation /r:C,M /OrganizationName MSFT
The setup started to copy files, checking the pre-requisites for each role (Client Access role and Mailbox Role) we want to install.
After the setup we are ready to go with the new Exchange 2007 environment I will obviously start with some Monad scripting. Yes I know its Windows Powershell but I still love Monad more then ....
Next week I will be deploying new Vista machines using the BDD 2007 framework with the WAIK and WDS tools. I will certainly blog about that.
Important to know is that Exchange 2007 32 bit version is only supported in testing or training environments and NOT in production environments.