Setting Up Microsoft Exchange 2013 with Windows Server 2012 for ExchangeMs.In Domain

This articles explains about an IT Organization (ExchangeMS.In) who wants to deploy Exchange 2013 Server on premises as their email solution and I have tried to document step by step with the minimal setup required including security as a solution/guidance.

Currently as there is no service pack 3 available for Exchange 201o and RollUp for Exchange 2007 SP3 there is no official documentation on migration and coexistence scenarios however the companies who wants to go for Exchange 2013 have to setup in an AD where no legacy Exchange versions are installed.

The documents would seem to be more of understanding installation, configuration & implementation of Exchange 2013 setup rather than actual end to end solution to meet the company’s requirement.

If time permits me to extends this articles series further the company might grow rapidly to have setup High Availability & Site Resilience solutions.

For this lab I have used three virtual machines of good configuration on Dell 15 R Laptop (8 Core I7 CPU / 1TB / 16GB RAM) and it seems to be running smoothly having left resources for my other Exchange 2010 Labs. (1 core / 50 GB HDD / 3GB RAM for each VM)

Below is the high level diagram of the current setup:

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1. Installing & Configuring OS Windows Server 2012 Datacenter for DC_1

  • This document will help in installing Windows Server 2012 OS for Domain Controller

2. Installing & Configuring DNS for Domain ExchangeMs_2

  • Installing DNS server role on Standalone server
  • Creating and configuring Forward & Reverse lookup zone for DNS ExchangeMS.in

3. Configuring OS Pre-Requisite to Promote as Domain Controller_3

  • Setting up pre-requisites before installing AD DS role

4. Installing & Configuring Active Directory Domain Services_4

  • Installing Active Directory Domain Services Roles
  • Promoting standalone server as Domain Controller
  • Configuring DNS Domain ExchangeMS.in to be Active Directory Integrated

5. Installing & Configuring Active Directory Certificate Services_5

  • Installing Active Directory Certificate role and its services
  • Configuring Active Directory Certificate services. (CA / CA Web Enrollment / Web Service)

6. Installing & Configuring Windows Server 2012 OS for Exchange 2013 Mailbox Server_6

  • This document will help in installing Windows Server 2012 OS for Exchange 2013 MBX server

7. Installing Pre-requisite for Exchange 2013 Mailbox Server Role_7

  • Installing required windows features
  • Installing UcmaRuntime setup API 4.0
  • Installing Microsoft Filter Pack 2.0 / SP1

8. Installing & Configuring Windows Server 2012 OS for Exchange 2013 CAS server_8

  • This document will help in installing Windows Server 2012 OS for Exchange 2013 CAS server

9. Configuring Pre-requisite for Installing Exchange 2013 CAS Server Role_9

  • Installing required windows features
  • Installing UcmaRuntime setup API 4.0

10. Pre-requisites & Preparing Active Directory forest and domain for Exchange 2013 installation_10

  • Installing RSAT tool on EXMB01 (Since the server doesn’t have this tool installed)
  • Configuring AD user member of Domain/Schema/Enterprise Groups
  • Preparing Schema for Exchange 2013 installation
  • Preparing Active Directory for Exchange 2013 Installation
  • Verifying successful Schema & AD Preparation

11. Installing Exchange 2013 Mailbox Server Role_11

  • Using media installing Exchange 2013 Mailbox Server Role step by step via GUI

12. Installing Exchange 2013 CAS Server Role_12

  • Using media installing Exchange 2013 CAS Server Role step by step via GUI

13. Creating & Configuring Certificates for Exchange 2013 CAS Servers using Internal Root Certifcate Authority_13

  • Creating Exchange Certificate request using Exchange Admin Center
  • Submitting CSR to internal Certificate authority server
  • Completing the pending request on CAS server
  • Assigning Exchange Certificate to web services (IIS)
  • Exporting Exchange Certificate to install on Mailbox Server
  • Importing Exchange Certificate on Mailbox Server role

14. Creating Exchange 2013 Recipients_14

  • Creating Mailbox
  • Creating Mail Contact
  • Creating Exchange Distribution Group
  • Creating Public Folder Mailbox (Master Hierarchy)
  • Creating Public Folder
  • Creating Mailbox Database
  • Verifying all the creations using Exchange Admin Center

15. Exchange 2013 Post Installation Configuration_15

  • Creating and Configuring Send connectors for External Mail Flow
  • Verifying default / adding additional accepted domain
  • Verifying default / adding additional email address policies
  • Creating C Name record / PTR for accessing Exchange Services (EWS/OWA/ECP/EAS/PowerShell)
  • Configuring Exchange External Virtual Directories (EWS/OWA/ECP/EAS/PowerShell)
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8 Responses to Setting Up Microsoft Exchange 2013 with Windows Server 2012 for ExchangeMs.In Domain

  1. amit says:

    Excellent Charles Derber

  2. Very good article ,, i Like it 🙂

  3. Firoz Ahmad says:

    Awesome

  4. Ferkuxon says:

    Great Sharing… Thanks a lot … amazing web portal keep going on

  5. Sakhda says:

    Thank for sharing!

  6. Great article. But can you tell me the port numbers I should open up for each server..ie.. 443 for EXCA01..
    This type of info

  7. @Rique Thanks & sorry for the delayed response I wished I could have mentioned here but you can simply drop an email mentioning your queries specific too and will respond you accordingly.

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