Exchange Server 2010 to 2016 Lab #4

In this Part #4 we will continue with the actual installation of Exchange Server 2010.

Installing Exchange Server 2010

Open Windows Explorer and go to the directory where you extracted the Exchange server 2010 installation files. And double-click on the Setup Application file. The
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On the Exchange Server Installation windows select Step 4: Install Microsoft Exchange. The Installation Wizard will open.
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On the Introduction page click Next.
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On the License Agreement page, click on the I accept the terms in the license agreement radial button, then click Next.
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On the Error Reporting page, click on Yes or No radial button according to you preferences, then click Next.
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On the Installation Type page, Click on the Typical Exchange Server Installation button (Remember we are going to work with a Multi-Role server; Hub Transport, Client Access and Mailbox roles in the same server). Then click Next.
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On the Client Settings page, click on the No radial button (we do not have outlook 2003 in our Lab). Click Next.
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On the Configure Client Access server external domain page. I do not need my users to access my Exchange server from the internet, so I will just click Next. (Note: If you need to that this settings can be changed later. If you wish to configure the client Access server external domain, click on the Checkbox and write the hostname you wish to use from the Internet (E.g. mail.contosovlab.com).
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On the Customer Experience Improvement Programs. Select Join the Customer Experience Improvement Program or I don’t want to join the program at this time according to your preferences. Then click Next.
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On the Readiness Check page, wait until the wizard check your system and server to determine if the computer is ready to install Exchange server.
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You will notice that the only warning was to install KB2550886 hotfix to improve an issue with Failover Cluster. In this lab we won’t be using any Data Availability Group (DAG) which use clustering, therefore we can proceed with the installation despite the warning. (Note: Unlike Errors, Warnings won’t prevent you from installing Exchange Server). If you wish to install this hotfix, it is available here you will have to insert your email address and a link to download the file will be emailed to you.

When you are ready to proceed click Install.

Wait until the installation finish (in my case it took about 25minutes). Then on the Completion page, review your installation results and then click Finish.
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You will receive a popup telling you that there were some changes on your systems and that you need to Reboot your computer for those changes to take effect. Click OK.
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Congratulations, you have installed Exchange server 2010 on your computer.

You might also want to download and install the latest Rollup for Exchange Server 2010 SP3, find the version you wish here. You only need to download it and install it (I installed Rollup 13).

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Note: Now that we have Exchange server installed in our computer, every time that you shut down your VM it will take a very long time to be to stablish a remote desktop session with your exchange machine (over 30min maybe more). I tend to shut down my VMs to save cost, therefore to reduce the connecting time to just a few minutes I usually switch all the Exchanges Services from Automatic to Manual.
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To change the startup type of the services you can use the following PowerShell command:

Get-Service | where {($_.DisplayName -like 'Microsoft Exchange*')} | Set-Service -StartupType Manual

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All Exchange related services are now manual.
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Note: You have to be careful, Your Exchange Server won’t work properly if the Exchange services are not running. Therefore if you decide to change the services startup type to manual make sure that you start all the Services as soon as you connect to your Exchange computer. You can do this by running the following PowerShell command:

Get-Service | where {($_.DisplayName -like 'Microsoft Exchange*')} | Start-Service

All the Exchange service will start.
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Post-Installation test

After installing Exchange server, we should do some post-installation verification.

Now with Exchange server installed you will find in your Start menu the Exchange Management Console and the Exchange Management Shell.
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After you reboot your computer you should verify the status of all Exchange Serve Services (Remember they must be running).

The most interesting test in my opinion is to send an internal test email, after all we are installing Exchange we NEED to send an email at least. So, first we need to create a new mailbox.

Open the Exchange Management Shell. To view the all your mailboxes run the following cmdlet:

Get-Mailbox -ResultSize unlimited

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To create a new Mailbox “Test User” let us run the following command:

$password = Read-Host "Enter password" -AsSecureString
New-Mailbox -Password $password -UserPrincipalName testuser@contosovlab.com -Alias testuser -Name “Test User” -FirstName Test -LastName User

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Now we have two users to make our test
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To see a complete list of all parameters available with the New-Mailbox cmdlet click here.

To continue with the test let’s access to the email client Outlook Web App (OWA). Open your browser and type following URL:

https://Server_FQDN/owa/
https://vlab08ex.contosovlab.com/owa/

Note that you will received a certificate error on your page because the default certificate installed is not trusted at the moment, just ignore this for the time being. On the OWA sign in page write your credentials and click Sign in.
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Select the Language and Time Zone and click Ok.
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Once we accessed OWA, let us send a test email. Click New.
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Type your test message to your test user and cc your admin user
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Send your message, now you should have one message on your inbox.
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Sing in as your test user, and reply to the message you just sent. Your admin user inbox should get the reply message.
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Microsoft also recommends to verify the installation. You can do this by running the following command in the Exchange Management Shell:

Get-ExchangeServer | Format-List

As an extra verification step (you can skip this step) you can view the Exchange Server folders. The folders are usually found in the following path:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14

There you will find a list of folders including the ClientAccess, TransportRoles and Mailbox (the roles we installed).
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This will conclude part #4 of this Lab. See you in Part #5.

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