Installing Microsoft Exchange 2010 with SP1

It’s been a while.

I had to setup an Exchange 2010 Server and wanted to write on how to Install Exchange 2010 Step by Step.

Here goes:

Before you install Exchange 2010, you need to have your AD forest setup. The forest and domain under which you are to install Exchange 2010 should meet the following

  • Domain Controller can either be x86 or x64, Every AD site you plan to have/install Exchange 2010, you should have a writable domain controller running on Windows Server 2003 SP1, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2
  • The AD Schema Master can either be x86 or x64, should be a Windows Server 2003 SP1, Windows Server 2008 or a Windows Server 2008 R2 (I went with a Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise)
  • Global Catalog can either be x86 or x64, Every AD site you plan to have/install Exchange 2010, you should have a Global Catalog running on Windows Server 2003 SP1, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Active Directory forest and domain functional level should be a minimum of Windows Server 2003.
  • The user account which you use to install Exchange should be a member of Schema Admin, Enterprise Admin as well as the Domain Admin group.
  • You can either manually extend the Schema of your forest and Prepare you Active Directory to accommodate Exchange Related attributes as well as the Exchange Server
                  • Setup /PrepareSchema
                  • Setup /PrepareAD /OrganizationName<name> 

Note that these commands has to be run from an elevated prompt of PowerShell (Run Setup from the directory where your Exchange 2010 installation files are located)

We are preparing for an installation which will be a typical installation which will combine all HUB, CAS and MBX server roles together in one server.

Lets look at the other server roles and component required

  • Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack (click here to download and install the x64 pack)
  • To install the rest of the prerequisites, Open PowerShell with admin privileges and import the ServerManager module by typing Import-Module ServerManager 
  • Type the following to install the roles and features 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 –Restart
  • Goto command prompt and run sc config NetTcpPortSharing start= auto

  Now we can start the Exchange server 2010 installation by Auto running the CD


Click on “Step 3: Choose Exchange Language Option” and select Install only languages from the DVD


Click on “Step 4: Install Microsoft Exchange”


Setup will copy the necessary files




Click next on the introduction screen


Accept the licensing agreement


Select your preference on the error reporting screen


we will select the typical exchange server installation as our requirement is to install HUB. CAS and MBX on the same server. if you need to install these roles on individual server box or separately, you may select the “Custom Exchange Server Installation” option. Click Next

Note the check box at the bottom which is a new GUI improvement in Exchange 2010 with SP1 setup. if you enable this, this would install all the server roles and features required for Exchange Server 2010


Specify the name of your Exchange Organization ( I am leaving it as default)

Note the checkbox Apply Active Directory split permissions security model, this is a new GUI improvement with SP1. Enable this only if you have two set of different administrators administering your AD and Exchange. By enabling this check box the Exchange Server or the Exchange Administrator/s will not be able to create any Active Directory Objects or attributes 


Click Yes if you have any Outlook 2003 clients, otherwise click No and next


If you are to configure external access to your server, eg: access it through OWA, ActiveSync, RPC/HTTPS you will need to give a domain name on this page and click next


Let the prerequisites and preparation being done. Once done review for any errors

If you are ready click install


Installation in progress


Installation being done successfully


Restart notification

And after the restart you are done with the Exchange Installation 

The New Windows Live SkyDrive

Starting from June 20th Microsoft has launched a new version of SkyDrive to make the experience much more interesting and make it much more easier to access and use. Microsoft has used the advantages of modern browsers and HTML5 to make SkyDrive faster, easier to navigate, and more beautiful for viewing photos.

With Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 on Windows 7, you can access your SkyDrive faster than ever before. The new SkyDrive enables you to pin it to your Windows 7 taskbar, and it has its own specific jumplist.


SkyDrive is just a click away on which you can create Word, Excel, PowerPoint files quicker than ever before.

Below is a snapshot of the new SkyDrives interface on IE9 and it will be almost the same on FireFox as well as Chrome


When you click on a Word, Excel or a PowerPoint file there will be an extended action item shown on the right side pain. Through which you can check the versions of the particular file, edit the permission, etc.

The new SkyDrive gives live thumbnail previews for pictures of any size.

Check the Windows Team Blog for more information

SkyDrive for the Modern Web


The so called Cloud Computing–What is it?

Today, if you take half of the articles on the web, or have a conversation with an IT guy, some or the other the article or the conversation will cross the topic Cloud Computing. In the recent years the word Cloud Computing has become an industry BUZZ word. What ever you take has the cloud portion in it. Everyone talks about cloud computing. But what exactly is this, so called cloud computing? where did the term “cloud” derive from for this technology?

For me, cloud computing is simply “Hosted Services” over the internet or a dedicated private network. If you look at todays world IT has become one of the key points to run a business. A successful business needs, hardware, software, IT experts, designing, implementation, maintenance, support, upgrade, etc. Cloud Computing helps a business to forget all those components and focus only on the core business for organizations. That is an organization can host their application somewhere in a datacenter and access the application through the internet, by doing this the employees of that organization only needs a PC and an internet connection to access this application and the management does not have to worry about hardware, backups, upgrades, etc. as all of those will be taken care of by the hosting company. How did this become so feasible now? well with the recent improvements with virtualization and the improvements gained on the connectivity speed to the internet has made this possible. An example for cloud services is a total mail solution is offered through the internet where the users only require a PC and an internet connectivity to retrieve their emails ( no servers, backup, downtime, etc).

How did we end up with the term “CLOUD”? If you look at the network diagram charts (Microsoft Office Visio is a tool which generates such diagrams), the cloud symbol depicts the internet, so the name CLOUD was derived from that.

A Public Cloud delivers services to anyone on the internet – either free or for a fee. Some of the example for this would be email services provide by hotmail, gmail, yahoo Or Google Apps, Microsoft Office 365, etc.

A Private Cloud delivers services to a target audience or a target group from a private datacenter over a private network. Sometimes to create a Private cloud we might use the resources of a Public Cloud and this creates a Hybrid.

There are 3 major Offerings through Cloud Computing

1) Iaas – Infrastructure As A Service

2) PaaS – Platform As A Service

3) SaaS – Software As A Service.

I will write about these later where as I hope the above is informational..   

Windows Intune – PC Management and Security in the Cloud

Windows Intune will be officially available to the general public to try out/purchase from the 23rd of March 2011. As an IT Pro I have been wanting for a tool as such for a long time, so that I can make sure that all of my organizations client computers are managed and secured up to date, where ever they are and where ever I am with a few mouse clicks and an easy to manage environment.

With the simple web based console Intune provides you greater management insights to your computers in your organizations without no extra infrastructure required by you. Intune helps you to Manage Updates, Malware Protection, Asset Inventory (Hardware and Software), Remote Administration, etc. 

Find the excerpt below which is the requirement for the Windows Intune client software (taken from Windows Intune FAQ)

“The Windows Intune client software is supported on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of:

  • Windows 7 Enterprise, Ultimate, and Professional
  • Windows Vista Enterprise, Ultimate, and Business
  • Windows XP Professional with Service Pack (SP) 2 or later (SP3 recommended)

The Windows Intune client software has no additional hardware requirements for Windows 7– or Windows Vista–based computers. However, to install the client software on Windows XP–based computers, you will need a CPU clock speed of 500 megahertz (MHz) or faster and a minimum of 256 megabytes (MB) of RAM.

You will also require administrator rights on the computer to complete the Windows Intune client software installation.

To access the Windows Intune web console, administrators will need access to a web browser that supports Silverlight® 3.0, such as Windows Internet Explorer® 7.0 or higher.”

For further information visit