Installing ALL pre-requisites Exchange Server 2013 RTM

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Hi folks,

In the previous post we went through the process to install just the software components which is way easier than the Beta setup process however I played around with my LAB here and we can speed up the process a little bit, as follows.

If we look at Microsoft documentation we need to run a long PowerShell to add all Windows Features required for the product before getting to the setup however there is a shortcut to bypass that. Basically, it’s all about the order that you perform your actions..

  1. First, download and install the Filter Pack 2.0 (http:/  and its Service Pack 1 (http:/
  2. Then, run Add-WindowsFeature Desktop-Experience and restart your computer.
    Note that we list all features installed before running the command.


After the server restart we will be able to run the Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0, Core Runtime 64-bit (http:/

The main reason that you cannot download and start all 3 software components is because the UC Managed API requires the Desktop-Experience and this feature requires a restart otherwise we could get all that done without a reboot.

By the way, just for curiosity purposes, if in any given server with standard installation where you haven’t add any feature manually when you reach the Readiness Check page like the one shown below


You can go to the Powershell and check the Windows Features and voilà all features are there Smile



Anderson Patricio (Portuguese)
Twitter: @apatricio

Written by Anderson Patricio

Anderson Patricio is a Canadian Exchange Server MVP and MCSM (Solutions Master) and he contributes to the Microsoft Community with articles, tutorials, blog posts, forums and book reviews. He is a regular contributor at, and (Portuguese).