Installing Exchange Server 2010 SP3 on Windows Server 2012

imageIn this quick post, we’ll have a look at how to install a typical Exchange 2010 Service Pack 3 installation on Server 2012, which is fully supported with the latest service pack for Exchange 2010, Service Pack 3. We’ll avoid the organization preparation and post-install configuration as nothing has changed between 2008 R2 and 2012; this guide is based on an install into an existing domain with Exchange installed on another server.


First and foremost – update your Windows Server 2012. There’s a few bugs that cause issues with installing the .NET Framework 3.5 on a fresh 2012 install, so making sure you’re up to date with Windows Updates can avoid any pain.

Next, install the role and feature pre-requisites from a PowerShell prompt. These differ slightly from the Windows 2008 R2 guidance:

Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework-Core,RSAT-ADDS,Web-Server,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Metabase,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console,WAS-Process-Model,Web-Mgmt-Tools,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-Digest-Auth,Web-Dyn-Compression,NET-HTTP-Activation,Web-Asp-Net,Web-Client-Auth,Web-Dir-Browsing,Web-Http-Errors,Web-Http-Logging,Web-Http-Redirect,Web-Http-Tracing,Web-ISAPI-Filter,Web-Request-Monitor,Web-Static-Content,Web-WMI,RPC-Over-HTTP-Proxy -Restart


After installation of the OS pre-reqs, install the Office 2010 Filter Packs and Filter Packs Service Pack 1:


Extract Exchange 2010 SP3 to a convenient location

Download Exchange 2010 SP3 and extract it to a convenient location. We install directly from Service Pack 3 – all Exchange Service packs are slip-streamed.


Installing Exchange from the command prompt

After installing the pre-reqs, you can perform an unattended, typical install by opening an elevated command prompt and executing the following command: /mode:install /r:ca,ht,mb


Installing Exchange from the GUI

Or, if you prefer, launch setup.exe and perform a GUI-based installation. You’ll notice the GUI looks slightly out of place in Windows Server 2012, but functions perfectly:




Finalise your installation

Open the Exchange Management Console, or the Exchange Management Shell. You’ll see that the EMC looks familiar, but takes some of the new Windows Server 2012 GUI styling. Looks good, doesn’t it!


A quick note regarding the Exchange Management Shell

If you examine the shortcut for the Exchange Management Shell, you’ll see that it launches under PowerShell version 2.0. This indicates that you won’t necessarily be able to take advantage of PowerShell 3.0 features directly within the Exchange Management Shell, although the rest of your Windows 2012 server has the PS 3.0 facilities.

7 thoughts on “Installing Exchange Server 2010 SP3 on Windows Server 2012

  1. My server 2012 installations always have trouble locating the “Source” files for any additional services or roles that I want to install whether from powershell or GUI and I have to specify a path (so for a mounted .iso it would be say z:\sources). I have only managed to do this from GUI, does anyone know how to modify the powershell script to pull from this location?

    • I figured it out… had to add “-Source z:\sources\sxs” before the -Restart in my environment. Where Z: is the mounted server 2012 install ISO.

  2. hi there
    nice article just small typo(not yours actually technet)
    these are not needed anymore:
    “After installation of the OS pre-reqs, install the Office 2010 Filter Packs and Filter Packs Service Pack 1:”

  3. Pingback: Arrivée de Exchange 2010 SP3 « Information Store

Comments are closed.