This article is for those looking for a detailed and clear guide on how to install Exchange Server 2013.

For details on how to install Exchange Server 2016 on Windows Server 2012 R2, you can read my guide “Install Exchange Server 2016 on Windows Server 2012 R2”.

This guide walks you through installing Exchange Server 2013 without implementing fault tolerance.

A description of the hardware requirements for Exchange 2013 can be found here.

We will consider the case when you already have two servers with the Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system installed on them. In addition, the Active Directory Domain Services role must be installed on one of the servers.

You can read more about how to install Windows Server 2012 R2 in my guide “Install Windows Server 2012 R2”.

In addition, one of the servers must have the Active Directory Domain Services role installed, and the second server must be domain joined.

You can learn how to install Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2012 R2 by reading “Install Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2012 R2”.

After installing Exchange Server 2016, my guide “Configure Exchange Server 2016” will guide you through the configuration.

I recommend that you always use the English edition of Exchange Server. As practice shows, the original (English) versions of Exchange work more stable, besides, it will be easier for you to communicate in the same language with professionals in case of problems or if you want to exchange experience.

You can download the current version of Exchange Server 2013 by following the link. Then you will need to mount the downloaded ISO image to the virtual drive.

This guide covers the installation of Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 14 (Exchange 2013 CU14, released: September 2016 Quarterly Exchange Updates). You need to download the current Cumulative Update at the time of reading the article. Each CU is a complete Exchange installation that includes updates and changes from all previous CUs. You don’t need to install previous CUs or Exchange 2013 RTM.

On Windows Server 2012 R2, you must install all available updates before installing Exchange Server 2013.

On the future Exchange server, go to the system under an account that consists of the following groups: Enterprise Admins, Schema Admins, and Domain Admins.

On the “Taskbar”, right-click on “Windows PowerShell” and select “Run as Administrator”.

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Install the remote administration tools for the subsequent preparation of Active Directory for the installation of Exchange Server 2013 using the command:

Install-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS

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The process of installing the remote administration tools has begun.

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Installation of Remote Administration Tools completed successfully.

Now you need to install additional components required for the Exchange server using the command:

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

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The process of installing additional components required for the Exchange Server has begun.

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The installation of the additional components required for the Exchange Server has been completed successfully.

Now you need to reboot the server.

On the keyboard, press the key combination “Win” and “x”, in the menu that opens, select “Shut down or sign out”, then “Restart”.

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Next, the server will start to reboot.

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On the future Exchange server, go to the system under an account that consists of the following groups: Enterprise Admins, Schema Admins, and Domain Admins.

Before preparing Active Directory and installing Exchange Server 2019, you need to install additional software on the future Exchange server:

  • Unified Communications Managed API 4.0
  • Visual C++ Redistributable Package for Visual Studio 2012
  • Visual C++ Redistributable Package for Visual Studio 2013

Let’s install Unified Communications Managed API 4.0

Follow the link and click on the “Download” button.

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Run the downloaded Unified Communications Managed API 4.0 installer file.

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The “Unified Communications Managed API 4.0 Installation Wizard” will open.

Click on the “Next” button.

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Next, you must accept the license terms, if you agree with them, and click on the “Next” button.

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The installation process for “Unified Communications Managed API 4.0” has begun.

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Installation of “Unified Communications Managed API 4.0” is complete.

Click on the “Finish” button.

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Now let’s install Visual C++ Redistributable Package for Visual Studio 2012.

Follow the link and click on the “Download” button.

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Select “VSU_4\vcredist_x64.exe” and click on the “Next” button.

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Run the downloaded Visual C++ Redistributable Package for Visual Studio 2012 installer file.

Next, you must accept the license terms, if you agree with them, and click on the “Install” button.

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Installation of Visual C++ Redistributable Package for Visual Studio 2012 completed successfully.

Click on the “Close” button.

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Let’s install Visual C++ Redistributable Package for Visual Studio 2013.

Follow the link and click on the “Download” button.

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Select “vcredist_x64.exe” and click on the “Next” button.

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Run the downloaded Visual C++ Redistributable Package for Visual Studio 2013 installer file.

Next, you must accept the license terms, if you agree with them, and click on the “Install” button.

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Installation of Visual C++ Redistributable Package for Visual Studio 2013 completed successfully.

Click on the “Close” button.

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Now, run the Exchange Server 2013 installer file we downloaded earlier.

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Specify in which directory you want to unpack the Exchange Server 2013 installation files and click on the “OK” button.

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The process of unpacking Exchange Server 2013 to the specified directory has started.

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The unpacking of Exchange Server 2013 is now complete.

Click on the “OK” button.

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Now you need to prepare Active Directory to work with Exchange Server.

On the “Taskbar”, right-click on “Windows PowerShell” and select “Run as Administrator”.

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Go to the directory with Exchange installation files using the command:

cd C:\Exchange

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Let’s prepare the Active Directory schema to work with Exchange Server using the command:

.\setup.exe /PrepareSchema /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

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The process of preparing the Active Directory schema has begun.

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The Active Directory schema preparation process completed successfully.

Now you need to prepare containers, objects, and other Active Directory components and create the Exchange organization.

Please note that after “OrganizationName” you must indicate the name of your organization in English.

Let’s prepare containers, objects, and other Active Directory components, as well as create an Exchange organization, using the command:

.\setup.exe /PrepareAD /OrganizationName:"VMKH" /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

Please note that this manual uses the organization’s name “VMKH”.

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The process of preparing containers, objects, and other Active Directory components has begun.

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The preparation process for containers, objects, and other Active Directory components has been completed successfully.

Now you need to prepare the domain for the Exchange Server installation.

Prepare a domain for installing Exchange Server using the command:

.\setup.exe /PrepareDomain:vmkh.org /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

Please note that this tutorial uses the “vmkh.org” domain.

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The domain preparation process has completed successfully.

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Now you can start installing Exchange Server 2013.

Go to the directory with Exchange installation files and run “setup.exe”.

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At this point, you can check for updates to Exchange Server 2013.

Select “Connect to the Internet and check for updates” and click on the “Next” button.

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There are currently no updates for Exchange Server 2013.

Click on the “Next” button.

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Next, the “Exchange Server Setup Wizard” invites you to read information about Exchange Server 2013.

Click on the “Next” button.

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Next, you must accept the license terms, if you agree with them, and click on the “Next” button.

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We select “Don’t use recommended settings” so that the Exchange server does not automatically send error reports and other information on the use of the Exchange server to Microsoft.

Click “Next”.

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Now you need to choose which roles will be installed on your server.

Select “Mailbox role” and “Client Access role”, then select “Automatically install Windows Server roles and features that are required to install Exchange Server” and click on the “Next” button.

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Next, you can select the directory where you want to install Exchange Server 2013.

Leave the settings unchanged and click on the “Next” button.

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You can now configure your anti-malware settings.

In the “Disable malware scanning” item, select “No” and click on the “Next” button.

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Next, the readiness to install process will begin, after it is completed, you can start the Exchange Server 2013 installation process.

Click on the “Install” button.

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The installation process for Exchange Server 2013 has begun.

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Exchange Server 2013 installation completed successfully.

Select “Launch Exchange Administration Center after finishing Exchange setup” and click on the “Finish” button.

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Please note that the Exchange Administration Center is used to administer the Exchange server, available at https://ru-msk-ex-01/ecp, where ru-msk-ex-01 is the name of my Exchange server. Accordingly, you need to specify the name or IP address of your server with Exchange Server 2013 installed.

To display the Exchange Administration Center Control Panel correctly, you must add the Exchange Server address to Trusted Sites in Internet Explorer.

Click on the “Add” button.

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In the “Add this website to the zone” field, specify the address of the Exchange server and click on the “Add” button.

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The Exchange server address has been added to the list of trusted sites.

Click on the “Close” button.

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Next, you need to specify the username and password of an account with Exchange administrator rights and click on the “Sign in” button.

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Now you need to select the language in which further information will be displayed, as well as the time zone.

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Welcome to the Exchange Admin Center Control Panel.

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You can now check the status of the Exchange Server services.

Click “Start”, point to “Exchange Management Shell” in the search bar, then right-click on “Exchange Management Shell” and select “Run as administrator”.

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Let’s check the status of the Exchange Server services using the command:

Test-ServiceHealth

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Service check completed successfully.

A “True” value in “RequireServiceRunning” indicates that the services are running.

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Vladimir Mikhalev
hey, I’m Vladimir Mikhalev, but my friends call me Valdemar. I have a lot of experience in the design and maintenance of various information systems.

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