Exchange Server 2013 Step-by-Step Installation Guide


This is a small very simple installation guide for the new Exchange Server 2013.

Updated: 20-10-2014

I just finished installing it on my lab and it was pretty easy actually, only couple of new pages in the deployment wizard.

With Exchange 2013 you don’t need to install the windows Features prerequisite, but still you need to download and install the following ( I installed it on a windows server 2012) you must install them in this order according to Microsoft TechNet:

  1. Unified Communications Managed API 4.0 Runtime
  2. Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs
  3. Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office Filter Pack 2010

NOTE: now with Exchange 2013 you need to install the prerequisites manually, so here is a PowerShell command line to do that

Install-WindowsFeature AS-HTTP-Activation, Desktop-Experience, NET-Framework-45-Features, RPC-over-HTTP-proxy, RSAT-Clustering, RSAT-Clustering-CmdInterface, 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 –source d:\source\sxs\

The rest the deployment wizard will take care of for you, now let’s begin I assume you already downloaded the Exchange 2013 file and extracted and ready to click on Setup.exe1

  • first Page in the Exchange server 2013 deployment wizard is “Check for update” page if you just downloaded the Exchange server 2013 then it should be up to date, but won’t harm just select “Connect to the internet and check for updates”
  • click Next
  • it will take a couple of seconds to check for update


  • click Next
  • Exchange server 2013 deployment wizard will start copying the files to prepare for the installation


  • Exchange Server 2013 Deployment Wizard will then start initializing the Setup


  • once finish it will take you to the Introduction page


  • click “Next”


  • Accept the License Agreement after reading it
  • Click “Next”


  • In “Recommended Setting” page , I selected ” Use Recommended Settings”
  • Click “Next”


  • In “Server Role Selection” page select the roles we will install “CAS and Mailbox” and as you can see it already automatically selected to install “Management tools” and the required windows features.
  • Click Next


  • Specify the installation location of the Exchange Server 2013


  • on “Exchange Organization” page, name your Exchange Server 2013 Organization then click Next
  • You can here see the “Active Directory split Permission Security Model” option which is usually will be used by large organization, description says it all.


  • On “Malware Protection Settings” page this is a new one, here if you don’t have an anti-malware on your organization you can select “Yes”
  • Click Next



  • the famous warning about preparing the AD
  • click Next


  • This will take a while to finish


Now you are done , you have Exchange Up and running, you will notice that there is no “Exchange Management Console”


Now you can control Exchange by a Silverlight console ( which remind me you need to install Silverlight ) using the internet Explorer all you need is to the URL of your Exchange Control Panel ECP.

How to get it?

you need to get use to “PowerShell” now as you will be using it a lot from now on

  • open Exchange Management Shell
  • Type this command line
  • # Get-ECPVirtualDirectory | ft *url


  • copy the URL and put it in your browser


  • provide the Admin username and password


  • Click Next


Now you are in this replace the Microsoft Exchange Management Console.

I will be writing in my next article how to do the Basic initial configurations for Exchange Server 2013.


Author: Lyncdude

A Senior Service Engineer with more than 9 years of experience in Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Lync Server / Skype for Business. Egyptian guy lives and works in Frankfurt - Germany. what is written in this blog is my own opinion and thoughts, not my employer and does not reflect their opinion

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