Exchange Server 2013 Server requirements

Posted on 2014-04-11
Last Modified: 2014-04-21
I need to install Exchange server 2013 on a windows server 2012 R2 machine.
I have read that it is recommended to install on a member server.
Does Active directory and DNS roles need to be installed prior to the installation?
I already have a domain controller with Active Directory and DNS installed.

I already tried the installation without the above, after installation active directory was installed and i can see the users in the list but am unable to join a outlook client to the server. keeps saying cant find exchange server. I installed all the pre requisites and the installation went through ok but not sure if I have done this correctly. It seems like a DNS issue but not sure.

If I have stuffed up installation is it easy to remove the entire exchange setup and active directory objects and redo it?

Also I realise that I need Exchange 2013 SP1 to work with windows server 2012 r2.
Can I just install this while exchange 2013 has been installed?

I am coming from a exchange 2003 environment so am I right to think that if all is ok
I can just add a new email account and select the exchange mailbox and input the servername and user and it should work ?

I can get to the exchange box from the web interface just not any outlook client?

Any thoughts appreciated.
Question by:cdsaus
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If you have already installed active directory, then no need to install active directory again on member server
Its not recommended to install Exchange on domain controller
Exchange 2013 RTM is not supported on windows 2012 R2

You need Exchange 2013 Sp1 for that

You can simply uninstall Exchange 2013 and do fresh install again with 2013 SP1


Author Comment

ID: 39993743
Thank you for your response,  is DNS a required role even though I have a domain server

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ID: 39993747
Forgot to mention Active dirextory was installed with the exchange server 2013 install
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Tried to uninstall Exchange 2013 getting error:

Uninstall can't continue. Database Mailbox Database 1190271628 : This mailbox database contains one or more mailboxes, mailbox plans, archive mailboxes, public folder mailboxes or arbitration mailboxes. To get a list of all mailboxes in this database, run the command Get-Mailbox -Database <Database ID>. To get a list of all mailbox plans in this database, run the command Get-MailboxPlan. To get a list of archive mailboxes in this database, run the command Get-Mailbox -Database <Database ID> -Archive. To get a list of all public folder mailboxes in this database, run the command Get-Mailbox -Database <Database ID> -PublicFolder. To get a list of all arbitration mailboxes in this database, run the command Get-Mailbox -Database <Database ID> -Arbitration. To disable a non-arbitration mailbox so that you can delete the mailbox database, run the command Disable-Mailbox <Mailbox ID>. To disable an archive mailbox so you can delete the mailbox database, run the command Disable-Mailbox <Mailbox ID> -Archive. To disable a public folder mailbox so that you can delete the mailbox database, run the command Disable-Mailbox <Mailbox ID> -PublicFolder. Arbitration mailboxes should be moved to another server; to do this, run the command New-MoveRequest <parameters>. If this is the last server in the organization, run the command Disable-Mailbox <Mailbox ID> -Arbitration -DisableLastArbitrationMailboxAllowed to disable the arbitration mailbox. Mailbox plans should be moved to another server; to do this, run the command Set-MailboxPlan <MailboxPlan ID> -Database <Database ID>. It was running the command 'Remove-MailboxDatabase 'CN=Mailbox Database 1190271628,CN=Databases,CN=Exchange Administrative Group (FYDIBOHF23SPDLT),CN=Administrative Groups,CN=First Organization,CN=Microsoft Exchange,CN=Services,CN=Configuration,DC=vealepartners,DC=com,DC=au' -whatif'.

What is the best way to disable the mailbox to continue with uninstall

Author Comment

ID: 40011437
Silly me.....
Windows 2012 R2 Requires Exchange Server 2013 With SP1.

Once installed all things started to work properly.

Author Comment

ID: 40012048
I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for cdsaus's comment #a40011437

for the following reason:

From my understanding, it appears Windows Server 2012 R2 requires Exchange 2013 SP1 so it can fully support it.
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Mahesh earned 500 total points
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Whatever reason you supplied is already mentioned in my 1st comment

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My apologies , Mahesh is correct. I misread your post and it was correct.

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