Introducing Exchange Server 2010
Whether you need a basic internal e-mail system for a small organization or a
sophisticated, powerful system to handle a company of hundreds of thousands of
users, Exchange Server can meet those needs.
Installing Exchange Server 2010
If you are just learning about Exchange Server 2010 or evaluating it, you can download
a fully functional copy from Microsoft that will operate for 120 days. Before installing
it, however, review the following prerequisites:
Windows Server 2008 (64-bit) Standard Edition or higher
An Active Directory domain
At least 2GB of RAM, plus recommended 2MB to 4MB of additional RAM per
At least 1.2GB free disk space on the installation partition
200MB free space on the system partition
For Unified Messaging features, 500MB free disk space for each Unified
Messaging language pack
All disk partitions formatted with NTFS
There are a number of other detailed requirements, but the Exchange Server
installer will survey your system and will notify you of any additional requirements
you must meet.
This chapter was prepared with a late-stage beta version of Exchange Server 2010. It is
possible that there may be minor differences between the screens and steps presented here and
the final released version.
For this example installation, you can use the Windows Server 2008 installation that
was discussed in Chapter 16. Before you begin, you should run Windows Update to
ensure that you have all current system patches.
When you first start the Exchange Server installation program (see Figure 18-1), the
installer will indicate any of the major prerequisites that may not yet be present on the
.NET Framework 3.5
Windows Remote Management 2.0
Windows PowerShell version 2