Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 is an email, contact, calendaring, scheduling, and collaboration platform developed by Microsoft exclusively for Windows Operating Systems. The first version of Exchange Server 2013 RTM was released on December 3, 2012. It can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud, or in a hybrid network (a combination of on-premises and cloud).

What’s new in Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

Architecture change: Exchange Server 2013 reduced the number of server roles to two, the Client Access and Mailbox server roles.

Exchange Administrative Center (ECP): The web-based Exchange Administrative Center is the replacement for the Exchange Management Console.

Outlook Web App (OWA): Microsoft redesigned the look of the Outlook Web App to look good on mobile, tablet, and desktop computers.

Public Folder: There is no separate management console for the public folder now that it is part of the Exchange Administration Center.

PowerShell cmdlets: In Exchange Server 2013, Microsoft added a whopping 187 new PowerShell cmdlets.

DLP (Data Loss Prevention): Use built-in DLP rules to identify, monitor, and protect sensitive data and inform users about policy violations before emails are sent.

Site Mailboxes: It brings Exchange emails and SharePoint documents together.

Anti-Malware Protection: All messages sent or received by your Exchange server are scanned for malware (viruses and spyware). If malware is detected, the message is deleted.

Download Exchange Server 2013

Visit the below link to download the latest version of Exchange Server 2013.


Installation Prerequisites

Before installing Exchange Server 2013, you need to prepare your Active Directory for at least the minimum requirements.

The schema master must be running Windows Server 2003 with SP2 or a later version. In each Active Directory site where you intend to install Exchange 2013, you must have at least one global catalog server running Windows Server 2003 or later with SP2 or higher.

At least you must have a writable domain controller running Windows Server 2003 with SP2 or a later version. Windows Server 2003 or higher should be the Active Directory forest functional role.

An account with Schema Admins, Domain Admins, and Enterprise Admins permissions to run Exchange setup.

System Requirement

Processor: x64 bit Intel or AMD architecture

Memory: Mailbox 8GB minimum, Client Access 4GB minimum, Mailbox and Client Access combined 8GB minimum, Edge Transport 4GB minimum

Disk Space: 30GB free exchange installation drive.

Supported Operating Systems

Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019

Supported Outlook Email Client

Outlook 2007, Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2016, Outlook 2019

Prerequisites for Installing Exchange Server 2013

Open PowerShell and run the following commands.

To install the remote server administration toolkit, run the following commands.

Install-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS

To install Windows components, run the following commands.

Install-WindowsFeature AS-HTTP-Activation, Desktop-Experience, NET-Framework-45-Features, RPC-over-HTTP-proxy, RSAT-Clustering, RSAT-Clustering-CmdInterface, RSAT-Clustering-Mgmt, RSAT-Clustering-PowerShell, Web-Mgmt-Console, WAS-Process-Model, Web-Asp-Net45, 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-Ext45, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Server, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-Static-Content, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-WMI, Windows-Identity-Foundation

After running the PowerShell commands, restart the server.

Download and install Microsoft.Net Framework 4.5.2. If you are installing Exchange 2013 CU23, then download and install Microsoft.Net Framework 4.8.

Microsoft.Net Framework 4.5.2

 Microsoft.Net Framework 4.8

Download and install Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0.

Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0

Download and install Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack 64 bit.

Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack 64 bit

Download and install Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack SP1 or SP2. If SP1 is not available, install SP2.


Using commands, prepare Active Directory and the Domain.

We will use the Exchange setup GUI to prepare Active Directory and the Domain, but you can also use command lines to prepare AD and the Domain.

Make sure the user account that you are using is a member of the Schema Admins and Enterprise Admins security groups.

Navigate to the Exchange Server 2013 installation media.

To extend the schema, run the following command.

Setup.exe /PrepareSchema /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

To prepare Active Directory for Exchange Server, run the following command.

Setup.exe /PrepareAD /OrganizationName: “First Organization” /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

To prepare all the domains in your Active Directory forest for Exchange, run the following command.

Setup.exe /PrepareAllDomains /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

After installing all the prerequisites and preparing Active Directory and Domain, run the Exchange Server 2013 setup file from the installation media or downloaded Exchange Server 2013 folder.

Exchange Server 2013 Installation

The first page will ask you to check for the latest updates from Microsoft. We will choose Don’t check for updates right now and click Next.

How to Install Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

The copying of files process has started.

How to Install Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

On the introduction page, click “Next.”

How to Install Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

Choose “I accept the terms in the license agreement” and click Next.

How to Install Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

Choose “Use recommended settings” and click Next.

Select the server role that you want to install. We will install the “Mailbox role” and “Client Access role” on the same server. Click Next.

How to Install Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

On the installation space and location page, you can change the location or leave it by default and click Next.

How to Install Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

On the exchange organization page, enter the exchange organization name and click Next. We are leaving the default name, but you can specify your company name.

Malware scanning is enabled by default. If you want to disable it, then select No and click Next.

How to Install Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

At readiness checks, setup will prepare Active Directory before installing Exchange Server 2013. Click Install.

How to Install Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

Installation started. Wait a few minutes to complete the installation process.

How to Install Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

After finishing Exchange setup, select Launch Exchange Administration Center and click Finish.

Review Exchange Server Installation

We will review the Exchange Server installation by sending test email to a user account.

Exchange Admin Center (EAC)

Login to the Exchange Admin Center as an Administrator.

Domain\user name

Below is the interface of the Exchange Admin Center.

Outlook Web Access (OWA)

Login to the Outlook Web Access

https://domain.com/owa or https://servername/owa

We will login to OWA as an administrator.

Below is the Outlook Web App interface.

We have already created one user named EasyTechHub by using EAC and will log in to OWA as an administrator and send an email to this newly created user for testing purposes.

The user EasyTechHub received an email from the Administrator that means mail flow is working fine.

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Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 is a messaging and collaboration software for Windows operating systems. In this blog post we learned how to install Exchange Server 2013 by following the step-by-step guide.

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By Feroz Khan

Feroz Khan works as a system administrator with more than 12 years of experience in information technology. He would like to share the knowledge with others that he has gained during his working experience.

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Jay Mehta
Jay Mehta
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Brilliant post, thanks

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