Installing Exchange 2010 into a test lab

As a SCOM admin, I don't need to be an Exchange 2010 “expert”.  However, I do need to be familiar enough with the MP, and how it interacts with a live Exchange environment, to be prepared for when my company rolls out Exchange 2010.  SCOM admins have to touch just about every technology out there, and have some working knowledge of them.  

I recently installed Exchange 2010 into my test lab for testing the Exchange 2010 MP.  With the ability to install very specific roles and features via powershell for Server 2008, getting a server prepped for an application, and meeting its prerequisites, just got a lot simpler.  This is a really cool and handy feature… the ability to very easily add the .net, IIS, and other requirements, and even reboot when complete, all in a single command.

This walkthrough will show how simple it can be to get an application up and running on Server 2008 R2:


My “cheat sheet” for installing Exchange 2010:


1.  Install Server 2008 R2 x64 Enterprise Edition.  (We want Enterprise edition if we want to test the DAG features of Exchange replication and high availability.)

2.  Join to domain. Log on to Exchange server with an account that is a Enterprise Admin for the forest, as schema updates might be required if you have not performed them manually.

3.  From open powershell and run the following:

Import-Module ServerManager


Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework,RSAT-ADDS,Web-Server,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Metabase,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console,WAS-Process-Model,RSAT-Web-Server,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-Digest-Auth,Web-Dyn-Compression,NET-HTTP-Activation,RPC-Over-HTTP-Proxy -Restart

4.  The system will reboot. After reboot, go back into powershell and run:

Set-Service NetTcpPortSharing -StartupType Automatic

5.  Install the Microsoft Office Filter Pack from:

6.  Run Windows Update and get all critical updates. Reboot.

7.  Run Exchange setup. It should go to Step 3. Choose “Install only languages from the DVD”

8.  Select “Step 4: Install Microsoft Exchange”

9.  Choose “Typical Exchange Server Installation” type.  This will give you all the typical roles that we want for testing.

10.  If your CAS will be internet facing, then give it an internet facing FQDN to access the CAS from the internet. (Typically

11.  The prereq checker will run. If it passes, choose Install.

12.  When installation completes, run windows update and apply latest Update Rollup for Exchange (if desired)


I am impressed.  A very simple installation, and really good deployment documentation to assist.

Comments (4)

  1. Rob Ford says:

    Excellent guide, saved me heaps of time, thanks.

  2. Derrick says:

    Do you add the Server to a different domain than the main domain?  

  3. DoubleDensity says:

    This is a great guide, thank you Kevin!!

  4. Which level of access required to monitor exchange server 2010 in SCOM 2012. please specify all possible security aspect requirement.


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