Just a few tips on this installation (in order to avoid possible errors, like error 8224 - concerning the FSMO roles - for example):


  • current Active Directory installation must be working properly, because the Exchange installation uses its schema (it changes the Schema Master properties etc.)


  • the AD has to be replicated before installation (i.e. the replication itself also has to be working properly), with at least one replication partner


  • the Remote Server Administration Tool has to be installed (this can be done by entering Install-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS 1 in the Windows PowerShell window)


  • the IIS (Internet Information Services) - along with some additional features - has to be installed on the target server as well (the PowerShell code is pretty lengthy, therefore you'll find it at the end of the article 2)



 That should be it...


1 On Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 use the following code: Add-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS

2 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