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Evaluate Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate on Windows 2008 R2

August 27, 2009 By: Yann Espanet Category: Exchange 2010, Webcast

You can download Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate to the Microsoft Download Center!

This is the build number 14.00.0639.011 and you can download it from here :  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c6d27da1-ba2c-4570-a491-c0d7b39ede8b

This build is compatible with both Windows 2008 SP2 and Windows 2008 R2 (from RC1 through to RTM). As we changed the store schema between the Exchange Beta and RC, there’s no in-place upgrade from the Beta release. However, we will support in-place upgrade from the Release Candidate through to the final RTM build.

Extract from “Paul Bowden – Release Manager – Exchange Server”

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Here’s a quick start guide to get you up and running as quickly as possible with the new build:

 

Windows 2008

1.       Install Windows Server 2008 x64 (Standard or Enterprise – but not Core or Web Server) and join the appropriate domain

2.       Install Service Pack 2 from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/dd262148.aspx

3.       Install .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ab99342f-5d1a-413d-8319-81da479ab0d7

4.       Install the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Update from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=98E83614-C30A-4B75-9E05-0A9C3FBDD20D

5.       Install the combined PowerShell v2/Windows Remote Management package (Windows 6.0-KB968930.msu) from Connect (public link TBD)

6.       Open a command prompt, and use the installation scripts from the \Scripts sub-folder on the installation media to enable operating system components:

a.       For a typical installation of Client Access, Hub Transport, and the Mailbox role, run:

  • ServerManagerCmd –ip <media>\Scripts\Exchange-Typical.xml

a.       For a Client Access role only, enter:

  • ServerManagerCmd –ip <media>\Scripts\Exchange-CAS.xml

b.      For a Hub Transport role, enter:

  • ServerManagerCmd –ip <media>\Scripts\Exchange-Hub.xml

c.       For a Mailbox role, enter:

  • ServerManagerCmd –ip <media>\Scripts\Exchange-MBX.xml

d.      For a Unified Messaging role, enter:

  • ServerManagerCmd –ip <media>\Scripts\Exchange-UM.xml

e.      For an Edge Transport role, enter:

  • ServerManagerCmd –ip <media>\Scripts\Exchange-Edge.xml

7.       For Hub Transport and/or Mailbox roles, install the Office Filter Pack from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=60C92A37-719C-4077-B5C6-CAC34F4227CC

8.       Run the Setup.exe program from the Exchange 2010 installation media

Windows 2008 R2

1.       Install Windows Server 2008 R2 (Standard or Enterprise – but not Core, Web Server or Foundation Server) and join the appropriate domain

2.       Open a Windows PowerShell console window from the Accessories menu

3.       Enter “Import-Module ServerManager” and press return

4.       Use the Add-WindowsFeature cmdlet to enable operating system components:

a)      For a typical installation of Client Access, Hub Transport, and the Mailbox role, enter:

  • Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework,RSAT-ADDS,Web-Server,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Metabase,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console,WAS-Process-Model,RSAT-Web-Server,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-Digest-Auth,Web-Dyn-Compression,NET-HTTP-Activation,RPC-Over-HTTP-Proxy

b)      For a Client Access role only, enter:

  • Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework,RSAT-ADDS,Web-Server,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Metabase,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console,WAS-Process-Model,RSAT-Web-Server,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-Digest-Auth,Web-Dyn-Compression,NET-HTTP-Activation,RPC-Over-HTTP-Proxy

c)       For a Hub Transport role or Mailbox role, enter:

  • Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework,RSAT-ADDS,Web-Server,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Metabase,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console,WAS-Process-Model,RSAT-Web-Server

d)      For a Unified Messaging role, enter:

  • Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework,RSAT-ADDS,Web-Server,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Metabase,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console,WAS-Process-Model,RSAT-Web-Server,Desktop-Experience

e)      For an Edge Transport role, enter:

  • Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework,RSAT-ADDS,ADLDS

5.       For Hub Transport and/or Mailbox roles, install the Office Filter Pack from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=60C92A37-719C-4077-B5C6-CAC34F4227CC

6.       Restart the computer

7.       Run the Setup.exe program from the Exchange 2010 installation media

Exchange 2010 and Upgrades from Windows 2008 R2 RC1 (build 7100) to RTM (build 7600)

You can upgrade the R2 operating system of a server that currently has Exchange 2010 installed. The steps are as follows:

i.                     Take an existing server running Windows 2008 R2 Release Candidate (build 7100) and Exchange 2010 pre-RTM

ii.                   Upgrade Exchange 2010 to R4 DF-Final

iii.                  Copy c:\windows\system32\inetsrv\config\schema\wsmanconfig_schema.xml to a safe place

iv.                 Insert the Windows 2008 R2 RTM (build 7600) installation media and choose ‘Upgrade’

v.                   After several restarts, the server should now be upgraded

vi.                 Copy your saved-off wsmanconfig_schema.xml file to c:\windows\system32\inetsrv\config\schema\

NOTE: In-place upgrades of Exchange 2010 servers running Windows 2008 SP2, to Windows 2008 R2 are not tested or supported.

Active Directory Configuration

a.       The schema master must be running a minimum of Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1

b.      The forest must be in Windows Server 2003 functionality mode (or later)

c.       All Exchange 2010 servers must be able to communicate with a global catalog server which is running Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 (or later)

d.      Read-only domain controllers (RODC) are not supported with Exchange 2010

e.      We generally recommend that you install Exchange 2010 on member servers versus domain controllers. This helps to secure your installation

Enjoy your test !

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