I thought of installing Exchange Server 2010 on Windows Server 8 beta version and here is the information on how I successfully installed Exchange Server 2010 on Windows Server 8.
For this test, I’m having the below lab configuration and if you want to test the same, make sure you are having the below details in handy
- Windows Server 8 OS X64 bit installed Minimum of 1 GB RAM – I’m having 2 GB of RAM
- Exchange Server 2010 SP1 or SP2 installation file – I’m using Exchange Server 2010 Sp1
Step by Step instruction on Installing Exchange Server 2010 SP1 on Windows Server 8 Beta Version
Note: I’m going to install Exchange Server 2010 on Domain Controller and the same will be installed in a virtualization application.
- Once the Windows Server 8 Operating System is installed, change the computer name and assign an Static IP on the computer
- Install Active Directory Directory Services and Promote the Server as Domain controller, while promoting the server as DC install and configure the DNS server.
- Install the Prerequisites, Prerequisites to Exchange Server 2010 on Windows Server 8 is not different, its same like installing it in Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2
- Addition Prerequisites like, Office 2010 filter pack x64 needs to be installed. And the Net TCP Port Sharing to be set to auto.
- Run the Schema Preparation as shown below, I’m running this on Windows PowerShell in Window Server 8
- Run the AD preparation as show below
- Run the Exchange Server 2010 SP1 installation in Windows Server 8 using below command
Below shows the perquisite check results, If you installation Exchange Server 2010 on a Domain Controller, you will get a warning message as shown below.
Installation of Exchange Server 2010 SP1 on Windows Server 8 went well without any issue, but the problem is, I’m not able to open Exchange Management Shell or Exchange Management console. When looking around the default features installed in Windows Server 8, we have higher version of IIS and .Net Framework 4.5 installed, along with Windows Powershell 3.0. Exchange server 2010 works only with framework 3.5 sp1 and Windows powershell 2.0 that may the reason, why I’m unable to open exchange management shell or console.
I have a plan to give a try by removing framework 4.5 and powershell 2.0 and reinstall exchange server 2010 on Windows Server 8. Inform you the status later…