Question: How To Install and Configure Exchange Server 2013

Two weeks ago Microsoft released the Exchange Server 2013 preview, in this article I’ll show you how to install and access the new management interface called Exchange Admin Center (EAC).

Exchange 2013 comes with some big changes which include:

New Web Interface management console (no longer EMC console)

Only two server roles (Mailbox and CAS)

Data loss prevention (DLP)

New out of the box reporting

New Webapp interface

Batch move notifications


Installation and preparation


Note: please don’t install Exchange 2013on a production environment.


In this test lab I setup one server as A DC and installed Exchange 2013 on it (in production environment this is not supported or recommended)


Before you start make sure your server has Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 installed.

First, install all the necessary Server roles using PowerShell

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


Once all the server roles installed install the following packages.

  1. Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 RC
  2. Windows 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 Knowledge Base article KB974405 (Windows Identity Foundation)
  7. Knowledge Base article KB2619234 (Enable the Association Cookie/GUID that is used by RPC over HTTP to also be used at the RPC layer in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2)
  8. Knowledge Base article KB2533623 (Insecure library loading could allow remote code execution)

When you finish with the packages you need to uninstall the Microsoft Visual C++ 11 Beta Redistributable (x64).

Open Control Panel > Programs and Features.

Select Visual C++ 11 Beta Redistributable (x64) – 11.0.50531 and then click Uninstall.


Once done we need to Register ASP.NET with .NET Framework 4.5 in Internet Information Services (IIS)

Open a Windows Command Prompt and Run:

%SystemDrive%\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\aspnet_regiis.exe -ir -enable

Restart IIS from the command prompt:



Once completed download the Exchange 2013 Preview from the link below and extract the files and run the Setup program.













Once done you can access the Exchange Admin Center.

Note that with Exchange Server 2013 The is no management console and all management is done via a web GUI called EAC (Exchange Admin Center).

To access the EAC type you the Exchange Server URL https://exc2013/ecp

To find out your ECP library url run the following Exchange Cmdlet

Get-ECPVirtualDirectory | Format-List InternalURL,ExternalURL

Once logged in you will see the EAC