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Step by Step Guide for Installing Exchange Server 2019 Preview

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The following section describes a step-by-step guide for the installation of Microsoft® Exchange Server 2019 Preview. The installation considers a single server deployment of Exchange Server 2019. Additional details of the topology and architecture of the lab environment which was used in the installation is described here;

Active Directory Domain Controller(s)
Operating System Windows Server 2019 preview
Forest Functional Level Windows Server 2019 preview
Domain Functional Level Windows Server 2019 preview
Exchange 2019 server(s)
Operating System Windows Server 2019 preview
.Net Framework Version 4.7.2 (default)

 

 

Exchange 2019 prerequisites

Domain Controller Support

The following Active Directory writable Domain Controller(s) are supported;

  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2016 (Core and Desktop Experience)
  • Windows Server 2019 preview (Core and Desktop Experience)

Operating System Support

  • Windows Server 2016 (Core and Desktop Experience)
  • Windows Server 2019 preview (Core and Desktop Experience)

.Net Framework Support

Other requirements

 

Active Directory preparation

The first task in the installation of any version of Exchange is to prepare the Active Directory environment where the Exchange Server will be placed. However, prior to the preparation, it should be checked against the above Domain Controller support prerequisites mentioned earlier. Once the above requirements are verified for consistency, proceed with the following preparation tasks on the server/computer which will be used to prepare the Active Directory.

We will be using the Exchange Server itself to prepare the Active Directory.

  1. Install .NET Framework 4.7.1 or .NET Framework 4.7.2 as supported by your Operating System (mentioned above)

    Note: .Net Framework 4.7.2 is already included and is not required to download or install with Windows Server 2019 preview

  2. Once the installation is complete perform a reboot.
  3. Open a Windows PowerShell
  4. Run the below command to install Remote Administration tools

    Install-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS


  5. Run the below command to install the server prerequisites

    Install-WindowsFeature 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


Prepare Active Directory and domains

To prepare the active Directory and the Domains for Exchange 2019, follow the following steps. To execute the commands, the commands should be run using the Schema Admins group and the Enterprise Admins group membership.

  1. Mount the Exchange Server 2019 Preview Installation Media
  2. Open up a Command Prompt
  3. Navigate to the Exchange Installation media path
  4. Run the following command to extend the schema.

    Setup.exe /PrepareSchema /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

  5. Once the setup completes successfully, run the following command

    Setup.exe /PrepareAD /OrganizationName:”<organization name>” /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms


  6. Run the below command to prepare each of the Active Directory domains

    Setup.exe /PrepareAllDomains /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms


    Now that your Active Directory forest and the domains are prepared, we can finally get running the Exchange Installation Wizard

Install Exchange Server 2019

If you’re installing the first Exchange 2019 Preview server in the organization, and the Active Directory preparation steps have not been performed, the account you use must have membership in the Enterprise Administrators group. If you haven’t previously prepared the Active Directory Schema, the account must also be a member of the Schema Admins group.

  1. Mount the Exchange Server 2013 Preview Installation Media
  2. Start Exchange 2019 Preview Setup by double-clicking Setup.exe
  3. On the Check for Updates page, select whether you want Setup to connect to the Internet and download product and security updates for Exchange 2019 Preview and click Next

  4. Once you click Next, the setup will copy the installation binaries to the local drive and prepare for the installation

  5. Once completed, you will be prompted with the Introduction Page
  6. The Introduction page gives additional guidance for the installation procedure. Review the content and Click Next to continue

  7. On the License Agreement page, review the terms. If you agree to the terms, select I accept the terms in the license agreement, and then click next

  8. On the Error Recommended Settings page, select whether you want to use or not the recommended settings such as error checks and usage feedback etc. and then click next

  9. As you can see, just like Exchange 2016, Exchange 2019 only has a Mailbox role and Edge role only. Proceed with your requirement and to be sure, make a tick on the “Automatically install windows server roles and features…” Although we have covered this initially, running this will ensure that if we have missed anything, the setup will install it for us

  10. On the Installation Space and Location page, either accept the default installation location or click Browse to choose a new location with adequate storage space, click next to proceed

  11. If installing the Mailbox role a Malware Protection Settings page will appear. Choose whether to enable or disable malware scanning and click Next. (For demo purposes, I will be proceeding with Yes)

  12. On the Readiness Checks page, view the status to determine if the organization and server role prerequisite checks completed successfully. If unsuccessful, perform the required tasks and click Back, and Next to run the Readiness check again. If successful, click install to proceed with installing Exchange Server 2019

  13. Now the installation will proceed, note that this will take time depend on your environment

  14. Once the setup completes the installation, on the Completion page, click Finish

  15. Now that the Exchange installation is complete, it’s always good to reboot your server

Review Exchange Installation

Once all the above tasks are performed, proceed with the below steps to verify the installation using the Exchange 2019 Administrative Center and PowerShell.

The Exchange Administration Center (EAC) is the web-based management console in Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 Preview that allows for ease of use and is optimized for on-premises, online, or hybrid Exchange deployments. To navigate to the Exchange Admin Center;

  1. Open the web browser.
  2. Navigate to the bellow URL, provide your credentials and then click sign in.

    https://localhost/ecp


  3. Review the tabs and sections in the new Admin Center

There you go. Time to play! Hope this guide helped you. Don’t forget to keep on checking for some exiting new posts on how to play around with the all new Admin Center as well as a step by step guide for installing Skype for Business Server 2019 preview in the next couple of days.

Really appreciate all your comments, especially if i have missed anything or made a mistake regarding the installation. 🙂

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Written by judeperera

August 6, 2018 at 5:44 pm