Installing Exchange Server 2013 on Windows Server 2008 R2– Prerequisites…

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Hi folks,

As you may have read on the Internet or even on this blog ( the Exchange Server 2013 Preview was released recently and in this post I will be going over the prerequisites required to install this new release on Windows Server 2008 R2. This Preview version can also be installed on Windows Server 2012 (topic for a near future blog post here!).

The installation process is well documented in the product documentation however I will go over and try to give you some hints to speed up the process and get you to the fun part which is to explorer the new features after installation.

Note: Bear in mind that we are working on a Preview version which mustn’t be installed on production environments!

In our scenario we have a brand new Domain Controller and a member server running Windows Server 2008 R2 with the latest Windows Updates.

Installing Operating System prerequisites..

Since we are going to deploy the new Exchange Server 2013 in a member server called POAEX13 and the schema will be prepared on that server as well, and for that reason we are going to add an extra feature to support the installation and schema preparation from this member server.

Basically we can open Server Manager and pick the features up however let’s use PowerShell to do that, these commands can be used

Import-Module ServerManager

Add-WindowsFeature Desktop-Experience, NET-Framework, NET-HTTP-Activation, RPC-over-HTTP-proxy, RSAT-Clustering, RSAT-Web-Server, WAS-Process-Model, Web-Asp-Net, Web-Basic-Auth, Web-Client-Auth, Web-Digest-Auth, Web-Dir-Browsing, Web-Dyn-Compression, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Http-Redirect, Web-Http-Tracing, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Filter, Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console, Web-Metabase, Web-Mgmt-Console, Web-Mgmt-Service, Web-Net-Ext, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Server, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-Static-Content, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-WMI, RSAT-ADDS


Installing software prerequisites…

Exchange Server 2013 is a preview version and most of the software requirements will be fixed before it goes RTM, for now we need to a lot of manual work and since we are deploying in Windows Server 2008 R2 we will be listing all prerequisites. Just in case make sure that you update your Operating System with the latest Service Pack and Windows Updates before getting on this stage.

  1. Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 RC
  2. Microsoft Management Framework 3.0
  3. Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0, Core Runtime 64-bit
  4. Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack 64 bit
  5. Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack SP1 64 bit
  6. Microsoft KB 974405 (Windows Identity Foundation)
  7. Microsoft KB 2619234
  8. Microsoft KB 2533623

In order to keep track of the changes you can save each one of the packages above and assign a number based on the download order, the result will b similar to the one show in the figure below.

After installing all of them we need to remove (Yes, that is right!) the Microsoft Visual C++ 11 Beta Redistributable, as shown in the figure below.


We are good to go to start the installation process, tomorrow we will see how to deploy the first Exchange Server 2013 in a new forest. Stay tuned!

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).