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Installing Exchange 2010 Sp3 on Windows Server 2008 R2 Sp1

Let us learn installing Exchange 2010 Sp3 on Windows Server 2008 R2 Sp1 in a Windows Server 2012 R2 Domain Environment

Step 1.

Windows Server 2008 R2 is Updated with Latest Patches use the Windows Setups Includes Service Pack 1 . Easier to Patch

Step 2.

Download and Install Latest “Microsoft Filter Pack” (64bit Version)

Install hotfix Microsoft Knowledge Base article 2550886 from to improve Windows Failover Cluster transient communication instability when deploying stretched Database Availability Groups across datacenters.

Step 3.

On the Start menu, navigate to All Programs > Accessories > Windows PowerShell. Open an elevated Windows PowerShell console (Right Click – Run as administrator), and run the following command.

Import-Module ServerManager

And Running this command for typical installation where all the roles will be installed HUB , CAS and Mailbox Servers

Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework,RSAT-ADDS,Web-Server,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Metabase,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console,WAS-Process-Model,RSAT-Web-Server,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


Step 4.

Reboot the Server

Now Prerequisites Installed successfully

Step 5.

Now open Command Prompt “Browse the Command prompt into the setup location”

Below command will be Executed only if Exchange 2003 Exist in the Environment.

setup /PrepareLegacyExchangePermissions


setup /pl

We run this as we prepare the legacy (Exchange 2003) Server permissions,

Running this command won’t harm your environment .

Befor Running this command make sure your Domain Function Level and Forest Functional level in Windows Server 2003 is in native mode and your Exchange 2003 is in native mode,

Otherwise , It won’t allow you to install Exchange 2010


Step 6.

Preparing the Schema /PrepareSchema


Step 7.

Preparing Active Directory /preparead /OrganizationName:"First Organization"

This Switch can be removed if you have an Exchange Server already in your Organization

/OrganizationName:"First Organization"

Or if you want to change the organization name . you can use this switch

Step 8.

Now prepare the domain /Preparedomain

If you have multiple domains run /preparealldomains

Step 9.

Now Start the Setup

Step 10.

Choose Typical to Install HUB,CAS and Mailbox (Recommended by Microsoft – Block based All roles in One Server)

Give a Check mark for Automatically install Windows Server roles

Step 12.

If this is the internet facing server , Give the external domain name

Step 13.

If Exchange 2003 Exists in your Environment , you will get this option to configure mail flow between these Servers

Step 14.

Now Setup will Run for some time

Step 15.

Reboot your Server


Now Apply the latest Rollup Available . As of today Rollup 23 is available for Exchange 2010 SP3


Download Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable (x64) and Install



Uncheck in IE Security Settings ( Temporarily only)

  • “Check for publisher’s certificate revocation”
  • “Check for server certificate revocation”


Re run the setup and install


About Satheshwaran Manoharan

Satheshwaran Manoharan is an Microsoft Office Server and Services MVP , Publisher of Specialized in Office365 / Microsoft Exchange / Virtualization , Sathesh is an Messaging Expert supporting/Designing/Deploying many medium size businesses to large enterprises when it comes to Corporate messaging and Virtualization Infrastructure

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  1. Hi Satheswaran,
    Thanks for your article. Is that cluster failover hotfix mandatory to be applied before Exchange 2010 SP3 installation in 2008 R2? In that KB MS says to install it only if the described issue appears.

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