Installing Exchange 2007 Beta 2

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 /prepareAD

setup /prepareSchema

setup /preparedomain or setup /preparealldomains

Note: Make sure you have installed the .Net framework 2.0 and the Monad Shell (Powershell), 
         Your domain must be native Windows 2000 or above and the schema master must be a Windows 2003 (SP1)

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

Windows Powershell

Internet Information Service (IIS)

Microsoft Management Console (MMC) 3.0

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.

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