OK Experts, i am attempting to create a replacement Hardware and Software environment to service my office. I am running some old gear and software and have no desire to migrate any of it. I just want to build a new domain and setup Exchange Server 2013 SP1 onto a stand-alone member server 2012 R2. I have read hundreds of posts about the domain preperation and the prerequisites for installing Exchange. None of them speak to exchange server 2013 SP1 in particular. Either i can't see the forest amongst the trees or i am missing something. I have tried to get this to work at least 5 different times. I am going to have a clean install of server 2012 R2 with all of the windows updates installed within an hour or so. I plan to make one a domain controller and the other a member server that will eventually house the Exchange server installation. Can some one please provide me with an accurate guide as to what steps need to be taken on each machine in sequence in order to make this happen? I am very frustrated at this point with chasing my tail. All help is greatly appreciated. Please do not post links to previous threads as i have read them all. I have followed TEchnet to a T. each attempt gives me different errors and different problems. The farthest that i have been able to achieve is to get to Mailbox Transport role and then crash out at 93%. I am reloading the computers so the install logs are all gone. I am looking for a clean fresh start at this. Who's with me? thanks in advance.