Table of Contents Test lab overview Hardware and software requirementsStep 1: Set up the Base Configuration test labStep 3: Install and configure EX1Step 5: Demonstrate EX1 as an email server Snapshot the ConfigurationAdditional Resources
This Test Lab Guide (TLG) contains instructions for setting up a Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 test lab using three server computers and one client computer. The resulting Exchange Server 2013 test lab demonstrates Exchange Server 2013 as an intranet email
Important The following instructions are for configuring an Exchange Server 2013 test lab using the minimum number of computers. Individual computers are needed to separate the services provided
on the network and to clearly show the desired functionality. This configuration is neither designed to reflect best practices nor does it reflect a desired or recommended configuration for a production network. The configuration, including IP addresses and
all other configuration parameters, is designed only to work on a separate test lab network.
Attempting to adapt this test lab configuration to a pilot or production deployment can result in configuration or functionality issues. To ensure proper configuration and operation for your pilot or production deployment
of Exchange Server 2013, use the information in the Planning and Deployment topics.
In this test lab, Exchange Server 2013 is deployed with:
This TLG only requires the Corpnet subnet. See the following figure for the Exchange Server 2013 test lab configuration.
This Test Lab Guide describes how to install a Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 email server on the Corpnet subnet. You add a new computer named EX1, make it a member of the corp.contoso.com domain, and then install Exchange Server 2013. Lastly, you
use Outlook 2013 to send email from one mailbox to another.
The following are required components of this test lab:
There are five major steps to follow when setting up an Exchange Server 2013 test lab.
The following sections provide the details about how to perform these steps.
The Exchange Server 2013 test lab requires the Corpnet subnet of the Base Configuration test lab as its starting point.
Create the Corpnet subnet of the base configuration test lab as described in the
Test Lab Guide: Base Configuration.
Install Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 on CLIENT1 as described in
Test Lab Guide Mini-Module: Installing Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 on CLIENT1.
Install Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Enterprise Edition as a standalone server on a new computer.
Next, you configure the TCP/IP protocol.
Next, you join EX1 to the corp.contoso.com domain.
Prepare for the installation of Exchange Server 2013 on EX1.
Next, install the prerequisite software components for Exchange Server 2013 on EX1.
For the latest information about Exchange Server 2013 prerequisites, see
Exchange 2013 Prerequisites.
Next, you download the evaluation version of Exchange Server 2013 install it.
setup /mode:Install /roles:C,M /ON:Contoso /InstallWindowsComponents /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms
Restart the server after Setup has completed successfully.
Note If you get an error and Exchange Setup cannot complete, from the C:\EX2013DL folder window, right-click
Setup.exe, and then click Run as Administrator. On the Incomplete Installation Detected page, click
Next to have Exchange Setup correct the problem and complete the installation.
Next, you verify the installation of Exchange Server 2013.
You should see a display of information about the Exchange server, starting with
EX1 under Name.
Leave the Exchange Management Shell window for the following procedure.
You should see the Exchange admin center.
Create new Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) accounts and their mailboxes on the EX1 Exchange server.
This command displays the list of databases on this Exchange server. There should be only one. Note the name for the commands in step 3.
$password = Read-Host "Enter password" –AsSecureString
When prompted with “Enter Password”, type P@ssword1.
New-Mailbox -UserPrincipalName firstname.lastname@example.org -Alias chris -Database "<mailbox database name from step 1>" -Name ChrisAshton -OrganizationalUnit Users –Password $password -FirstName Chris -LastName
Ashton -DisplayName "Chris Ashton"
New-Mailbox -UserPrincipalName email@example.com -Alias janet -Database "<mailbox database name from step 1>" -Name
JanetSchorr -OrganizationalUnit Users –Password $password -FirstName
Janet -LastName Schorr -DisplayName "Janet Schorr"
Next, you send an email message from Chris Ashton to Janet Schorr.
If you are prompted after step 7 with a "Cannot start Microsoft Outlook" error message, do the following:
Next, you verify that the email message from Chris Ashton was received.
This completes the Exchange Server 2013 test lab. The result is a test lab environment that contains a working server running Exchange Server 2013 that is configured as an intranet email server. You can now begin building out and experimenting with
Exchange Server 2013 scenarios and solutions.
To save this configuration so that you can quickly return to a working Exchange Server 2013 configuration, do the following:
For additional information about Exchange Server 2013 see Microsoft Exchange Server and Exchange Online.
For additional test lab guide resources, see Test Lab Guides.
FZB edited Revision 3. Comment: formating
Installing the feature Desktop Experience is a prerequisite for the Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API
I followed the steps but when I try to connect exchange with outlook 2013. I got an error "The connection to Microsoft Exchange is unavailable. Your network adapter does not have a default gateway". Any help will be appreciated
Here are a couple of workarounds to try: 1) Configure the Outlook profile manually, 2) Configure the DHCP scope for the Corpnet subnet on DC1 for a default gateway (the Router DHCP option) with the IP address of 10.0.0.1 (DC1), 3) Implementing Step 4 of newrivercomputing.com/.../5-common-outlook-errors-and-how-to-fix-them.
Hope this helps.
Problem with "Next, install the prerequisite software components for Exchange Server 2013 on EX1." Section.
This section has several links and it appears that you are to install these pre-reqs after downloading from the web. But the TLG is not connected to the Internet at this stage in the game. I believe you should download them before you get to the configuring the EX1 server section. This way you have everything on the system before you modify the IP and join it to the contoso.com domain.
BTW plans on updating for Server 2012 R2?