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Install Exchange

After you have installed all of the prerequisite software, and you have created a dummy domain, you are ready to install Exchange. Insert the Exchange installation CD/DVD.

Install Exchange using the normal Microsoft setup procedure.

Use the same disk letter and path

Use the same disk letters and folder paths as the original installation. The default for Exchange 2016 and Exchange 2013 is C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V15. The default for Exchange 2010 is C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14. The default for Exchange 2007 is C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server. If you installed the data files and/or log files to an alternate location on the source computer you must use the same locations on the destination computer.

Important: To successfully move the mailbox store, Exchange and its data files must be installed on the same disk letter(s) and paths as on the original computer.
Select the Exchange components

Select the same Exchange components that you installed on the original computer.

Exchange 2016

When prompted select the same Exchange server roles that were installed on the source computer. The roles typically include the Mailbox Role and Management tools.

Check the box Automatically install Windows Server roles and features that are required to install Exchange Server. This will cause Setup to execute the following PowerShell command to automatically add the required roles and features:

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

Exchange 2013, 2010, and 2007

First install the required Windows Server roles and features. See Prepare the Destination Computer for Exchange.

When prompted select the same Exchange server roles that were installed on the source computer. The roles typically include the Mailbox Role, the Client Access Role, and the Hub Transport Role.

Recovery Installation

If you have already moved Active Directory using U-Move, and you want to re-install Exchange, you will want to preserve the existing Exchange mailbox database and the existing Exchange site information in Active Directory. Use the setup option /mode:RecoverServer with SETUP.EXE. This skips the step that creates a new Exchange site in AD.

Open an administrative console and type the following:

D:\setup.exe /mode:RecoverServer

(For D: substitute the disk letter for your CD/DVD drive.)

Do not uninstall the previous installation of Exchange; simply repeat the installation with /mode:RecoverServer or /disasterrecovery.

What is a Recovery Installation?

There has been much written in the literature about using the recovery installation procedure. It is not as drastic as it sounds. It merely does two things:

First, it tells Setup to re-use the existing Exchange site in the AD database instead of creating a new Exchange site. It simply skips the step that creates a new Exchange site in AD.

Second, it tells Setup to skip the step that erases the Exchange database files (C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\mdbdata\*). This preserves the database files that U-Move copied for you.

The Exchange site in AD is located in the Configuration partition of AD. The Distinguished Name (DN) of the Exchange site is CN=First Administrative Group,CN=Administrative Groups,CN=First Organization, CN=Microsoft Exchange,CN=Services,CN=Configuration,DC=acme,DC=com. (The DC components of your DN will vary.)

Next step: Apply the Exchange Service Pack

Moving Exchange