How to Install and Configure MS Exchange Server 2013 SP1 from Scratch (Part 1)

How to Install and Configure Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 SP1 from Scratch (Part 1)


In this blog post I will show you how to install and configure Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 SP1. Exchange 2013 has a few improvements over Exchange 2010, namely:

  • Eliminated the Hub Transport Role, there are now two main roles only: MailBox and Client Access.
  • Eliminated EMC, admin only uses EAC (Exchange Administration Center) and EMS (Exchange Management Shell).
  • Increase High Availability (HA) options.
  • Better integration with Sharepoint 2013 and Lync 2013

I/ Topology

In this lab I will use two servers as described below.

DC2012 (will be set up as the domain controller for the domain dalaris.local). This server runs Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition.

EX2013 (member server running Windows Server 2012 R2. This will be our Exchange 2013 Server)

These two servers have TCP/IP configurations as follows:

Note: the lab uses fictitious IP addresses, server names and passwords. You need to replace these with your own parameter to suite your needs.

II/ Implementation Overview

In this lab, we will complete the following steps:

  • Install/Configure Operating System on both servers
  • Perform Port Forwarding on router.
  • Prepare Active Directory
  • Download & Install Pre-requisites for Exchange Server installation
  • Install/Configure Exchange Server 2013
  • Check OWA. Test Send/Receive of email
  • Check Connection in Outlook. Send/Receive tests.
  • Some troubleshooting tips

PART 1: Install/Configure Operating System on both servers

  • Deploy two different Windows 2012 R2 Servers.
  • The Local Administrator’s password is Passw0rd on both machines (this is a lab so I used a simple password but in production, please use a complex password).

Log in and change time zone and the current time on both machines to match those of your zone and time.

Enable Remote Desktop on both machines by right-clicking the Start menu and choose System. Click Remote Settings and select “Allow remote connections to this computer” then click OK.

This step is optional, as I’d like to be able to access the server from remote even RDP does not work. Install Teamviewer 9 on both machines (from the web site

Rename the machines to EX2013 and DC2012 respectively and reboot.

Click Start, type ncpa.cpl, then press Enter to launch the Network Connection settings.

Choose one best NIC to use on each machine. Rename the connection to LAN. Disable the others if there are more than one Network Interface Cards (NIC).


Set IP address to for DC2012 and for EX2013. DNS should be pointing to .10 for both DC2012 and EX2013.

So, TCP/IP settings on DC2012 is as follows:

And on EX2013:

Temporarily turn off Windows Firewall on both servers.

From EX2013, ping DC2012. Ensure that the result is OK.

Also ping from DC2012 to EX2013 should be OK.

On DC2012, install Active Directory Domain Services and DNS roles using the server Manager. Click Add roles and features.

Choose Role Based or Feature Based installation. Select DC2012 from the server pool then click Next.

When you click on Active Directory Domain Services, the following dialog will pop up. Just hit Add Features.

When you choose DNS Server, the following dialog box will pop up. Just hit Add Features.

With Active Directory Domain Services and DNS Server roles selected, click Next.

Keep the default features and click Next.

At the ADDS and DNS Server introduction pages, click Next. Choose to allow the server to restart if needed and click Install.

The Instllation process is done, click Close.

Configure Active Directory Server: Now after installation of the AD DS server, we need to configure it. Click the yellow flag for post installation configuration. Then click Promote this server to a domain controller.

Click Add a new Forest and enter the forest name as dalaris.local. Click Next.

Enter the DSRM password and click Next.

You will get a warning about DNS server, just click Next.

The NetBIOS name is automatically filled in, just click Next.

Leave the default Active Directory database path, click Next.

Review the options and click Next. When the pre-requisite check passes successfully, click Install. At this point, if the server needs to be restarted, it will do so automatically without you having to click on anything.

We can check the configuration of the Active Directory as follows. On DC2012, launch dsa.msc to ensure that Active Directory Users and Computers are present.

In Active Directory Users and Computers, clone the Administrator account and call it ExAdmin.

Click Next after filling in the account details for ExAdmin. This account is used for Exchange administrative purposes.

Fill in the password and click Next then click Finish.


Also use dnsmgmt.msc to check that DNS are installed correctly.

On EX2013, join the machine to DALARIS domain. Right-click on the Start menu, click System, then choose Change Settings.

Click Change.

Enter the domain as dalaris.local and click OK

Enter the Domain Administrative account information for approval of the domain join.

Click OK when done then restart the server when prompted.

Disable Windows Firewall on both machines (disable for all three profiles: Domain, Public, and Private).