Active Directory Requirements for Exchange Server 2013 Preview

Disclaimer:

All the information in this blog post is subject to change as Exchange Server 2013 is still under construction. Although it’s not very likely that big changes will occur between now an RTM, it might.

With Exchange Server 2013 Preview, it seems that Microsoft is “pushing” customers towards using Server 2008 or later. Not that I think that that is a bad thing, in the contrary! However, I still see customers that have Windows Server 2003 deployed and are using them as main Domain Controllers/Global Catalogs.

As per documentation, it seems no longer supported for Exchange Server 2013 Preview. You need at least one DC/GC running Windows Server 2008 or higher.

Although the Schema Master can still be Windows Server 2003, it seems logical to me that you’d rather standardize entirely on Server 2008, perhaps shortly even on Server 2012.

Below is an overview of the requirements for Active Directory:

Active Directory Forest Level: at least Windows Server 2003 or higher.

Schema Master: required for updating the AD schema for Exchange Server 2013 Preview

  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard or Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard or Enterprise (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition with Service Pack 2 (SP2) or later (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition with SP2 or later (32-bit or 64-bit)

Global Catalog: each AD site that has a Exchange Server 2013 Preview installed, requires at least one server running:

  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard or Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter RTM or later
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard or Enterprise (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter RTM or later

Domain Controller: each AD site that has an Exchange Server 2013 Preview installed, requires at least one server running:

  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard or Enterprise SP1 or later
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter RTM or later
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard or Enterprise SP1 or later (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter RTM or later
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Installing Exchange Server 2013 Preview Prerequisites

Disclaimer:

All the information in this blog post is subject to change as Exchange Server 2013 is still under construction. Although it’s not very likely that big changes will occur between now an RTM, it might.

In this article, we will have a first look at the different system prerequisites for installing Exchange Server 2013.

Supported Platforms

You can install Exchange Server 2013 either on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012. Just as with Exchange Server 2010, you will need the enterprise edition of Windows Server 2008 R2 if you are going to deploy a Database Availability Group (DAG).

As recently announced, Windows Server 2012 does not include an Enterprise Edition anymore. The Standard Edition now also covers all product features. The number of licenses you need depends on the number of physical processors your system will have.

For a nice and clear overview of the licensing changes, please have a look at Aidan Finn’s blog post.

Preparing Active Directory

On the computer you are going to use to prepare Active Directory, you need at least the Remote Server Administration Tools for Active Directory installed. To install the tools, open up PowerShell and type in the following commands:

Import-Module ServerManager

Add-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS (if you’re running WS2008R2)

Install-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS (if you’re running WS2012)

You will also need the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 and Windows Management Framework 3.0. They are both already included on a system running Windows Server 2012.

Note  make sure that you have appropriate permissions to execute the tasks listed below. Permissions include membership of the Schema Admins and Enterprise Admins group.

Just as with Exchange Server 2010 – the following tasks need to be execute to prepare the Active Directory:

  • Update Schema
  • Prepare AD
  • Prepare Domains
    To update the schema, launch a PowerShell console and type in the following:

./setup.exe /PrepareSchema /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

Note the use of “setup.exe”. Setup.com which was used before has been deprecated. There is also a new switch “/IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms”. It will prevent the mandatory time-out which displays the warning that by waiting you agree with the license terms.

    Next, you’re up for preparing the AD:

./setup.exe /PrepareAD /ON:<exchange organization name>

This command will prepare Active Directory and amongst others configure the appropriate permissions. This includes the creation of the Microsoft Exchange Security Groups (if they do not exist yet).

Lastly, you need to prepare the domain(s). As part of this task, setup will create/update the Microsoft Exchange System Objects container, update the objectVersion attribute and create a domain local group in the targeted domain called “Exchange Install Domain Servers”.

System Prerequisites for Mailbox Server or Mailbox/Client Access Server (combined):

First, on the computer you are going to install Exchange Server 2013, run the following commands (PowerShell) to install the required Roles and Features:

For Windows Server 2012:

Install-WindowsFeature AS-HTTP-Activation, Desktop-Experience, NET-Framework-45-Features, RPC-over-HTTP-proxy, RSAT-Clustering, 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

For Windows Server 2008 R2:

Add-WindowsFeature Desktop-Experience, NET-Framework, NET-HTTP-Activation, RPC-over-HTTP-proxy, RSAT-Clustering, RSAT-Web-Server, WAS-Process-Model, Web-Asp-Net, 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-Ext, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Server, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-Static-Content, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-WMI

After you installed the operating system roles and features, you should install the following items:

Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Server 2012
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack 64 bit (Mailbox Server Role)
Windows Management Framework 3.0 Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack SP1 64 bit (Mailbox Server Role)
Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0n Core Runtime 64bit Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0n Core Runtime 64bit
Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack 64 bit (Mailbox Server Role)
Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack SP1 64 bit (Mailbox Server Role)
Microsoft KB974405 (Windows Identity Foundation)
Microsoft KB2619234
Microsoft KB2533623

Once you installed the required prerequisites, execute the following steps:

  • Uninstall Microsoft Visual C++ 11 Beta Redistributable (x64)
    • Open Control Panel > Programs and Features.
    • Select Visual C++ 11 Beta Redistributable (x64) – 11.0.50531 and then click Uninstall.
    • In Microsoft Visual C++ 11 Beta setup, click Uninstall.
    • When Microsoft Visual C++ 11 Beta is uninstalled, click Close.

If you are running Windows Server 2008 R2, you should also execute the following step. Please note that you should execute this step afterhaving uninstalled Microsoft Visual C++ 11 Beta Redistributable (x64) and before you install Exchange Server 2013:

  • Register ASP.Net with .NET Framework 4.5 in IIS.

Open Command Prompt and type in the following commands:

%SystemDrive%\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\aspnet_regiis.exe -ir -enable

IISReset

System Prerequisites Client Access Server only:

First, on the computer you are going to install Exchange Server 2013, run the following commands (PowerShell) to install the required Roles and Features:

For Windows Server 2012:

Install-WindowsFeature AS-HTTP-Activation, Desktop-Experience, NET-Framework-45-Features, RPC-over-HTTP-proxy, RSAT-Clustering, 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

For Windows Server 2008 R2:

Import-Module ServerManager

Add-WindowsFeature Desktop-Experience, NET-Framework, NET-HTTP-Activation, RPC-over-HTTP-proxy, RSAT-Clustering, RSAT-Web-Server, WAS-Process-Model, Web-Asp-Net, 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-Ext, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Server, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-Static-Content, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-WMI

After you installed the operating system roles and features, you should install the following items:

Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Server 2012
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0n Core Runtime 64bit
Windows Management Framework 3.0
Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0n Core Runtime 64bit
Microsoft KB974405 (Windows Identity Foundation)
Microsoft KB2619234
Microsoft KB2533623

Once you installed the required prerequisites, execute the following steps:

  • Uninstall Microsoft Visual C++ 11 Beta Redistributable (x64)
    • Open Control Panel > Programs and Features.
    • Select Visual C++ 11 Beta Redistributable (x64) – 11.0.50531 and then click Uninstall.
    • In Microsoft Visual C++ 11 Beta setup, click Uninstall.
    • When Microsoft Visual C++ 11 Beta is uninstalled, click Close.

If you are running Windows Server 2012, you should manually create a firewall rule. This rule will allow the Mailbox Server(s) to access the Client Access Servers’ registry:

    • Open Control Panel > Windows Firewall.
    • Click Advanced Settings.
    • In Windows Firewall with Advanced Security, click Inbound Rules and then click New Rule.
    • Select Port and then click Next.
    • Select TCP, and in Specify local ports, type 139. Click Next.
    • Select Allow the connection and then click Next.
    • Make sure Domain, Private, and Public are selected and then click Next.
    • Enter a name and description for the new rule and then click Finish.

If you are running Windows Server 2008 R2, you should also execute the following step. Please note that you should execute this step afterhaving uninstalled Microsoft Visual C++ 11 Beta Redistributable (x64) and before you install Exchange Server 2013:

  • Register ASP.Net with .NET Framework 4.5 in IIS.

Open Command Prompt and type in the following commands:

%SystemDrive%\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\aspnet_regiis.exe -ir -enable

IISReset

Once you’ve completed the steps above, you are ready for deploying Exchange Server 2013 Preview!

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