Exchange 2013 install issues

We're trying to install Exchange 2013 SP1 on a new Server 2012 R2 server, as part of a dual swing migration from Exchange 2003. The Exchange 2010 server has been up and running for a couple of weeks now, and upon "installing" 2013, we're having issues.

The install went, seemingly, without a hitch, as it passed all the prerequisite and readiness checks, and there were not errors, or warnings. But when I try to open anything, nothing seems to work. The Exchange Admin Center displays a blank "page can't be found" error; the Exchange Toolbox cannot load due to "MMC errors"; and PowerShell connects to the temporary/intermediate Exchange 2010 server, to attempt to manage it...! I didn't spend a bunch of money to use a Server 2012R2/Exchange 2013 box to administer an Exchange 2010 server!! :/

When running the Exchange 2013 setup, I left the install at the default "Automatically install Windows Server roles and features that are required to install Exchange Server" during the "Server Role Selection" step. So do I just go back and re-run the install, and manually choose to install the Mailbox & Client Access Roles??

Our end goal is to have the (single) Server 2012R2/Exchange 2013 SP1 as our only email server, after migrating the 2010 mailboxes to it... The 2003 box has also already been decommissioned & removed from the domain/network, so the 2010 box is all that's left.

Thanks for any assistance!


Ric J.
ricjenkinsNetwork AdminAsked:
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Brian MurphyIT ArchitectCommented:
Pardon my curiosity but having done several 365 Migrations this seems like a perfect candidate and opportunity to migrate all users to Exchange 2016, Office 2016 Business Suite, SharePoint 2016, Skype For Business?

Last time I checked it was 14.00 per month per user?  

You get to decommission internal Exchange Site but keep your AD Domain or you can migrate everything to Office 365 Cloud.  

It just eliminates a lot of these other risks internal to your users and the default mailbox size is 1 TB, if not mistaken.  

I thought I would at least run it by you before attempting to answer because Exchange 2013 is old technology.

You gave the impression of not wanting to spend a lot of dollars.   The more users you have the smaller that per user dollar becomes.  You can get away with 2010 Exchange Servers, 2010 CAS, and a Federated Services server to do the migration.  If you want to keep your AD Domain, just keep the Federated Trust.

Let me know
Brian MurphyIT ArchitectCommented:
This is close to what you would want

Here is a good article from Redmond

Like I said, I’ve done a Exchange 5.5 Migration for 1200 users, 1 Site but 11 Domains to Office 365 using Exchange 2010 CAS servers and Federated Services.  All you have to do is make sure all your user primary SMTP suffixes match your primary UPN Suffix for AD.  That’s step 1.  With 11 domains and over 200 registered domains and MX records I’m thinking you would have it made compared to what these people endured.
ricjenkinsNetwork AdminAuthor Commented:
While I appreciate the input, Brian, taking our Exchange environment to a hosted Exchange environment isn't really cost effective for us, based on our needs. I looked into hosting before purchasing our server, Exchange 2013, and all of the CALs, and getting the on premises server was less expensive than 1 year of a hosted setup, which pretty much made it a no-brainer, for us, as cost is one of the largest factors. Thanks though.
ricjenkinsNetwork AdminAuthor Commented:
I figured it out. This can be closed.

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ricjenkinsNetwork AdminAuthor Commented:
I figured it out on my own.
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