Install Microsoft Exchange 2007
Had a phone interview for a job in Los Angeles the other day. They were looking for someone who had installed Microsoft Exchange in a larger environment. I have done the install several times, version 2003 and 2007. So this weekend I will be utilizing my 2008 R2 Hyper-V box to do a complete install of Exchange and setup users just to refresh my installation skills. I will be updating this post with my installation steps and issues. Step one will be to build a completely new Active Directory / Domain Controller / DNS Server. I the real world you would be integrating into an existing infrastructure and bring along whatever problems may come up, but for my install I will have the luxury of a clean environment. I have a VHD file with Server 2008 R2 already setup to use as an operating system template so I will not have to go through that install step.
First Step is to copy my Windows Server 2008 R2 hard drive template to my virutal hard drive folder. I renamed the copies to PDC1 and EXCH1, to coorespond to the Primary Domain Controller and the Exchange Server. I setup the Hyper-V networking so that these installs will be in a completely isolated network from my web connected network. I have a Windows XP template that I will be using as a client, got that copied and booted up. Memory is a little tight but I am going to try and create a seperate OWA (Outlook Web Access) server that gateways across a firewall to the outside world. My system has 8 Gigs of RAM and things will be tight.
So Active Directory is now setup and functional, there are a few preliminary installation tasks that need to be done before Exchange can install; Setup Dot.NET, PowerShell, and the Management Console. I actually remembered to get these installed before loading up the Exchange ISO. Now to click the Install Button, accept license etc. I am going to be selecting the Typical Exchange Installation which includes the Hub, Client, Mailbox and tools. Next. For my first organization I am naming it Home Office