Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Misc 24

For this entry or perhaps the next one, I will go into installation and perhaps setting up of a simple Exchange Server. For this purpose, I will be using a vanilla Windows Server 2008 Enterprise x64 and Exchange Server 2010.
For your Exchange Server to store user information, it needs a database. This database comes in the form of Microsoft's Active Directory. The first thing you need to do for a vanilla Windows Server 2008 Enterprise x64 is to set up the ADDS (Active Directory Domain Services) role.

For this simple example, I will be using the domain controller hostname of DC01. The domain I will be using is syraxius.com. The domain controller is in the 152.226.152.x/21 network and it has the IP address of

At first when you pop the Exchange Server 2010 CD into the system, you will be presented with an autorun page with various steps. You'll have to fulfill all but the last step for Exchange Server to properly handle your mails.

I'll now break down the steps and consolidate the resources. The first step is to install .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. This part is pretty straightforward. Simply get the installation file from here. This file, of course, was obtained from this page.

Next, you would have to download Windows Management Framework Core for Windows Server 2008 x64. This installs PowerShell 2.0 and the ISE.

Choose your language options and continue. This is all, right? No. If you proceed with the installation, you would be prompted to upgrade to SP2. Move along and grab your update from here. It will take forever so go grab a bag of chips and watch a movie in the process.

You shouldn't continue reading until you're on SP2 and above.

So now that you're reading this paragraph... Congratulations! It's time to proceed to the next phase of torture... I mean installation. Now, begin the installation process and you'd be prompted for some details. For our purpose, select Typical Installation.

The next question asks for the name of your organization. For our purpose I'll use Syraxius. You can choose anything you like. Note that this name will appear in some of your certificates.

Now you'll need to set the compatibility option for older Outlook versions. If you belong to the newer generation, select No.

Next we choose the URL where clients will access the web interface from. This is optional but in this case I'll enter one for the next article.

Skip ahead by pressing Next a few more times and you would be presented with a list of TODOs. Hah, didn't think it would be so easy did you? Now, here's a list of things you need to install:

IIS Role
IIS 7 .NET Extensibility
IIS 7 Basic Authentication
IIS 7 Windows Authentication
IIS 7 Digest Authentication
IIS 7 Static Content Compression
IIS 7 Dynamic Content Compression
IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility
IIS 6 Management Console

.NET Framework 3.0 Features\WCF Activation\HTTP Activation

As for Net. Tcp Port Sharing service, click on Start and type Services.msc in the search bar. Change Net. Tcp Port Sharing service to automatic from the properties page.

Finally, move over to Microsoft's site to grab 2007 Office System Converter: Microsoft Filter Pack.

You're done! Complete the installation and I'll see you in the next article.

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