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  • Will Exchange Server 2007 SP2 support running Exchange 2007 on Windows Server 2008 R2?
    Monday, May 25, 2009 12:38 PM

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  • Exchange 2007 SP3 w/support for Windows Server 2008 R2 Now Available

    I am very pleased to let you all know that Exchange Server 2007 SP3 is available for download. As we highlighted in Updates to the Exchange Supportability Matrix this past November, this third service pack for Exchange 2007 enables Exchange 2007 to be installed on the Windows Server 2008 R2 version of the operating system. We heard you loud and clear that this is enormously important to our Exchange 2007 customers, so we worked quickly to deliver SP3 in order to meet this requirement.

    Download Exchange 2007 SP3 here.

    Keep the feedback coming and for those of you evaluating all the good stuff packed into Exchange Server 2010, don't miss the beta of Exchange Server 2010 SP1. You can read about SP1 here.

    Kevin Allison

    GM- Exchange Customer Experience


    Quote from:
    http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2010/06/21/455145.aspx

    • Marked as answer by Elvis Wei Monday, November 9, 2009 9:36 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by Elvis Wei Tuesday, June 22, 2010 2:02 AM
    • Edited by Elvis Wei Tuesday, June 22, 2010 2:06 AM
    • Marked as answer by Elvis Wei Tuesday, June 22, 2010 2:06 AM
    Monday, November 9, 2009 9:36 AM

All replies

  • There is no documentation regarding this yet, but I do believe that it will be supported.

    ~Christian
    Monday, May 25, 2009 1:09 PM
  • edit: an incorrect reply.

    • Proposed as answer by Amit Tank Saturday, May 30, 2009 7:17 AM
    • Marked as answer by J-H Monday, June 1, 2009 1:14 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by Elvis Wei Thursday, July 23, 2009 3:11 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by Elvis Wei Thursday, July 23, 2009 3:12 AM
    • Edited by Elvis Wei Friday, August 14, 2009 3:00 AM edit: an incorrect reply.
    Tuesday, May 26, 2009 7:57 AM
  • Hi Elvis

    thanks for the update.

    Is my assumption correct that the last sentence has a small typo?

    Windows Server 2008 R2 supports Exchange 2007 R SP2.

    Regards
    Juergen

    Tuesday, May 26, 2009 8:16 AM
  • Hi Juergen,

    yep... I got a typo... It should be SP2... Thank you for your correction.    :-)

    - Elvis
    Tuesday, May 26, 2009 8:21 AM
  • Hi Everyone,

     

    A latest update regarding Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange 2007 SP2.

     

    Exchange Server 2007 SP2 will not be supported to run on Windows Server 2008 R2. But if you have a domain controller which does not run Exchange, you can upgrade it to Windows Server 2008 R2 since it is supported scenario to run against Windows Server 2008 R2.

     

    We will have a blog post or other similar communication in detail regarding this soon. I will update this post when it's available.

     

    Thanks,

     

    Elvis

     

     

     

    Get the latest info about Exchange? See our team Blog:

    You Had Me at EHLO

    http://msexchangeteam.com/default.aspx

     

     

    Thursday, July 23, 2009 3:31 AM
  • Hi Everyone,

     

    A latest update regarding Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange 2007 SP2.

     

    Exchange Server 2007 SP2 will not be supported to run on Windows Server 2008 R2. But if you have a domain controller which does not run Exchange, you can upgrade it to Windows Server 2008 R2 since it is supported scenario to run against Windows Server 2008 R2.

     

    We will have a blog post or other similar communication in detail regarding this soon. I will update this post when it's available.

     

    Thanks,

     

    Elvis

     

     

     

    Get the latest info about Exchange? See our team Blog:

    You Had Me at EHLO

    http://msexchangeteam.com/default.aspx

     

     


    Elvis, please elaborate on your statement, as I am not sure what you mean with this: "But if you have a domain controller which does not run Exchange, you can upgrade it to Windows Server 2008 R2 since it is supported scenario to run against Windows Server 2008 R2"
    Saturday, August 1, 2009 2:12 PM
  • What he means is that the DCs can be 2008 R2 as long as Exchange isn't installed on that DC.
    Saturday, August 1, 2009 2:14 PM
  • That is correct.

    Stand alone DC/GC can be Windows Server 2008 R2 and it is supported to have Exchange Server 2007 SP2 work against these DC/GCs.
    However there is NO support for any Exchange Server 2007 SP2 components (any roles, including admin tools) installed on Windows Server 2008 R2. Exchange Server 2007 SP2 will not even install on it - the pre-req check will fail during installation.
    Tuesday, August 4, 2009 9:17 AM
  • Not even the admin tools?  That is a huge let down.  Given the advancements with remote desktop coming in WS08 R2, we were looking forward to building a terminal server for our IT staff with all the remote admin tools for our environment. 
    Tuesday, August 11, 2009 12:45 AM
  • So if we have to purchase a Windows license when Windows 2008 R2 is released we cannot then use that to build an Exchange 2007 SP2 server? We would need to run Exchange 2007 SP1 instead? Or is this also not supported?
    Thursday, August 13, 2009 12:49 PM
  • So if we have to purchase a Windows license when Windows 2008 R2 is released we cannot then use that to build an Exchange 2007 SP2 server? We would need to run Exchange 2007 SP1 instead? Or is this also not supported?
    Thursday, August 13, 2009 12:50 PM
  • Hi Rakesh,

    Exchange 2007 (both SP1 and SP2) is not supported to run with Windows Server 2008 R2 as the base OS, but it will support in environments with Windows server 2008 R2 DCs.
    • Edited by Elvis Wei Friday, August 14, 2009 3:09 AM
    Friday, August 14, 2009 3:04 AM
  • Glad I know this now: I have Exchange 2007 SP1 running on Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate.  When I tried an upgrade it failed because of Exchange.  I of course, disagree with this. 
    Saturday, August 15, 2009 11:53 AM
  • Will Exchange 2010 be supported on Server 2008 R2 DC's?
    Saturday, August 15, 2009 11:54 AM
  • Will Exchange 2010 be supported on Server 2008 R2 DC's?
    None of Exchange version (except SBS family) supported on DC. It always recommended to install Exchange on Member server instead of DC.

    Amit Tank | MVP – Exchange Server | MCITP: EMA | MCSA: M | http://ExchangeShare.WordPress.com

    Saturday, August 15, 2009 12:12 PM
  • Is Exchange 2007 SP1 supported to work against a 2008 R2 DC with 2008 R2 Domain and Forest Functional Level? 
    Sunday, August 16, 2009 12:07 PM
  • You say no version of exchange is supported on a DC but yet the following says otherwise:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb691354.aspx

    Installing Exchange 2007 on Directory Servers

    For security and performance reasons, we recommend that you install Exchange 2007 only on member servers, and not on Active Directory directory servers. Although installing Exchange 2007 on a directory server is supported, it is strongly discouraged. However, you cannot run DCPromo on a computer running Exchange 2007. After Exchange 2007 is installed, changing its role from a member server to a directory server, or vice versa, is not supported.

    I think we all understand its not a good idea to do because security and performance but what about small businesses that cant use SBS server due missing features but cant afford to have multiple servers?

    Thanks!

    Wednesday, August 19, 2009 8:53 PM
  • Oh yeh, my bad. I should have used "recommended" instead of "supported"! :b

    Amit Tank | MVP – Exchange Server | MCITP: EMA | MCSA: M | http://ExchangeShare.WordPress.com

    Thursday, August 20, 2009 2:14 AM
  • Can you comment on when / if Exchange 2007 (in any SP) will be supported to run on Server 2008 R2?
    Monday, August 24, 2009 11:51 PM
  • Hi,

    Exchange 2007 ends at Windows Server 2008. It is not supported on Windows Server 2008 R2
    Nitin Gupta (gupnit) | MVP - Exchange | http://www.nitingupta.in/blogs
    Friday, August 28, 2009 8:05 AM
  • Exchange 2007 can be virtualized running on Windows Server 2008 on top of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc794548.aspx

    Friday, August 28, 2009 9:20 PM
  • So, heres the setup I have now.

    Windows Server 2008 x64 SP2 running as a DC
    Exchange Server 2007 SP2 running Mailbox, Hub Transport and Client Access.

    I want to upgrade my server to 2008 R2, however from what I'm reading that is not supported.

    Will the following upgrade path be supported instead..?

    Upgrade to Exchange 2010 when it is released, then upgrade Server 2008 to R2 after Exchange is upgraded?
    Thursday, September 17, 2009 9:22 PM
  • Update: A article in team blog for this issue:

    Exchange Server 2007 SP2 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2009/09/21/452567.aspx

    • Marked as answer by Elvis Wei Thursday, September 24, 2009 3:51 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by Elvis Wei Monday, November 9, 2009 9:34 AM
    Thursday, September 24, 2009 3:51 AM
  • I just installed it on 2008R2 STD that is running on Hyper-V

    All you have to do is follow the directions - it was pretty easy. The only thing I didn't have right was the DNS suffix - but I'm sure a lot of you don't have a 64bit schema master - which is essential in running the Exchange setup commands. You need to transfer your schema master fsmo to a 64 bit DC and run these 3 commands on it after transferring.

    Exchange setup.exe /pl
    Exchange setup.exe /ps
    Exchange setup.exe /p /on:"Organization Name"

    Follow these 3 articles and you shouldn't have any problems.

    Works fine if you just take your time and read.
    Monday, October 5, 2009 6:13 PM
  • Exchange 2007 SP3 w/support for Windows Server 2008 R2 Now Available

    I am very pleased to let you all know that Exchange Server 2007 SP3 is available for download. As we highlighted in Updates to the Exchange Supportability Matrix this past November, this third service pack for Exchange 2007 enables Exchange 2007 to be installed on the Windows Server 2008 R2 version of the operating system. We heard you loud and clear that this is enormously important to our Exchange 2007 customers, so we worked quickly to deliver SP3 in order to meet this requirement.

    Download Exchange 2007 SP3 here.

    Keep the feedback coming and for those of you evaluating all the good stuff packed into Exchange Server 2010, don't miss the beta of Exchange Server 2010 SP1. You can read about SP1 here.

    Kevin Allison

    GM- Exchange Customer Experience


    Quote from:
    http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2010/06/21/455145.aspx

    • Marked as answer by Elvis Wei Monday, November 9, 2009 9:36 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by Elvis Wei Tuesday, June 22, 2010 2:02 AM
    • Edited by Elvis Wei Tuesday, June 22, 2010 2:06 AM
    • Marked as answer by Elvis Wei Tuesday, June 22, 2010 2:06 AM
    Monday, November 9, 2009 9:36 AM
  • Regarding that Exchange 2007 will be supported on Windows 2008 R2 : Great news!

    Will it be possible to in-place upgrade Windows 2008 RTM with Exchange 2007 (with necessary patches) to Windows 2008 R2? Or do we have to do a clean install on R2 and then move the data?

    Monday, November 9, 2009 12:01 PM
  • I am gonna do a demo soon on Exchange 2007 so i am pleased to have fresh info on support of an upcoming pack this year to allow installation on 2008 server R2, thanks for updating me and my presentation ;)
    Saturday, January 9, 2010 7:48 PM
  • BTW, now that we know that it is possible to install exchange 2007 sp1 on windows 2008 server and in the near future on windows 2008 R2 server what about windows 2003 server.  What would you say is the recommended OS to put Exchange 2007 SP1 on at this point in time.  Windows 2003 suite of servers, R2 etc or Windows 2008 server??  Thanks in advance
    Monday, January 11, 2010 7:14 PM
  • OK I am confused, will someone give me a simple yes or no answers?

    Will Exchange 2007 Enterprise (SP1, SP2, or SP3) work when installed on a Windows Enterprise 2008 R2 Server?

    With Server2008 R2 domain controllers?

    Is this combination supported by Microsoft?
    Tuesday, January 12, 2010 7:11 PM
  • This TechNet document does a good job of spelling out the supportability matrix:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee338574(EXCHG.80).aspx

    Tuesday, January 12, 2010 7:32 PM
  • So based on the Matrix the answer is no. So what is all the BS that Microsoft is listening and will "In the coming calendar year we will issue an update for Exchange 2007 enabling full support of Windows Server 2008 R2. " that Elvis has posted?
    Tuesday, January 12, 2010 8:10 PM
  • You can also try the new 'Exchange Deployment Assistant for upgrades or new installs'

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/exdeploy2010/default.aspx


    Cheers, Stephen Edgar
    Thursday, January 14, 2010 4:42 AM
  • Again,

    What is the recommended OS to put Exchange 2007 SP1 on at this point in time.  Windows 2003 suite of servers, R2 etc or Windows 2008 server??  I know it to be the 2003 but things are evolving quickly.  Thanks in advance
    Tuesday, January 19, 2010 2:31 AM
  • Hi there,

    just found this thread while i'm running into the whole "is not supported on 2008 R2" thing.

    I've just installed Exchange 2007 SP1 (Hub,CA) on a Server 2008 Enterprise R2 x64 and was not running into any problems or hints that it would be not supported. Just as i tried to apply the SP2 update the message popped up. So at least Exchange SP1 installation worked out well.

    Now i'm hanging inbetween ...

    When will there be a fix?
    Friday, January 22, 2010 3:19 PM
  • Hi there,

    just found this thread while i'm running into the whole "is not supported on 2008 R2" thing.

    I've just installed Exchange 2007 SP1 (Hub,CA) on a Server 2008 Enterprise R2 x64 and was not running into any problems or hints that it would be not supported. Just as i tried to apply the SP2 update the message popped up. So at least Exchange SP1 installation worked out well.

    Now i'm hanging inbetween ...

    When will there be a fix?


    I wonder about the same?

    thanks

    • Proposed as answer by Liang Mu Wednesday, April 7, 2010 8:37 AM
    Saturday, April 3, 2010 4:26 PM
  • Exchange 2007 SP2 doesn't support Windows Server 2008 R2 which is going to be supported by Exchange 2007 SP3. You can expect SP3 will be release in a few months later.
    Wednesday, April 7, 2010 8:40 AM
  • What really chaps me is the fact that Microsoft won't offer support for Exchange 2007 running on a VM platform (either VMware or their own) on Windows 2003 x64 either...  And they advertised all the improvements that were made to exchange so it runs better on a VM platform! 

    Fast forward to today when I go to install Exchange 2007 SP1 in my lab on 2008 R2 (2008 version did not impress us to buy it), guess what...it doesn't work on that either!!!


    WTH is wrong with Microsoft on this?  They want to shoehorn people who are conservative in their exchange versioning rollout into a very lackluster Server OS?  This is garbage.  I'm angry because my exchange 2007 migration planning and prepping has been going on for about a year now and can't get a supported exchange version installed on an OS that we've purchased from them!

    Tuesday, May 4, 2010 5:10 PM
  • I've been "Rim Rocked"

    Windows 2008 R2 running Exchange 2007 SP1 currently. 

    Okay I wouldn't of gone this far if the prereq check said "STOP!" when I installed Exchange 2007 into my Exchange 2000 environment.  Instead it just died when trying to install the mailbox role so I had to finish it using the compatibility mode option to avoid a lengthy Exchange nightmare.

    Now I read in the Exchange 2010 deployment guide that Exchange 2010 can not move mailboxes from Exchange 2007 SP1, except SP2 for Exchange 2007 will not install.

    "Do the math, can't go forward and can't go backwards"

    I guess I'll be finding another server to build as another Exchange 2007 server on Windows 2008 R1.

    So much for being a cowboy!  :)

    Thursday, May 6, 2010 2:29 AM
  • I've been "Rim Rocked"

    Windows 2008 R2 running Exchange 2007 SP1 currently. 

    Okay I wouldn't of gone this far if the prereq check said "STOP!" when I installed Exchange 2007 into my Exchange 2000 environment.  Instead it just died when trying to install the mailbox role so I had to finish it using the compatibility mode option to avoid a lengthy Exchange nightmare.

    Now I read in the Exchange 2010 deployment guide that Exchange 2010 can not move mailboxes from Exchange 2007 SP1, except SP2 for Exchange 2007 will not install.

    "Do the math, can't go forward and can't go backwards"

    I guess I'll be finding another server to build as another Exchange 2007 server on Windows 2008 R1.

    So much for being a cowboy!  :)

     

    I have the same problem... We're stuck in the middle. We're you able to or have you tried to force SP2 to install on the R2 box? I'm wondering if it will break everything if we try to install it in compatibility mode.

    Thursday, June 17, 2010 5:31 AM
  • With all these hypes of Exchange 2007 SP3 being able to support Windows 2008 R2, I actually got disappointed that the installation of SP3 isn't supported in an upgrade scenario after reading pages of release notes.  And Elvis king of MS Exchaneg keeps repeating the same thing that it's available.  This SP3 doesn't do jack ***t for us if a server can't be upgraded from Windows 2008 then have Exchange 2007 SP3 installed; or install Exchange 2007 SP3 then upgrade the server from Windows 2008 to Windows 2008 R2.  To me, that is a HUGE flaw in the design of this service pack.  This was pulled from the release notes here, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff607233(EXCHG.80).aspx :

    Exchange 2007 SP3 does not support the following installation scenarios:

    • Performing a new installation of Exchange 2007 SP3 on a Windows Server 2008 R2-based computer or on a Windows 7-based computer that is upgraded from Windows Server 2008 or from Windows Vista
    • Upgrading Exchange 2007 SP2 to Exchange 2007 SP3 on a Windows Server 2008 R2-based computer or on a Windows 7-based computer that is upgraded from Windows Server 2008 or from Windows Vista 
    • Upgrading the operating system from Windows Server 2008 or from Windows Vista to Windows Server 2008 R2 or to Windows 7 if Exchange 2007 SP3 is installed
    • Performing a slipstream upgrade of Exchange 2007 SP3 on a Windows Server 2003-based computer, on a Windows Server 2008 -based computer, or on a Windows Vista-based computer.

    So what you are telling us is, WE MUST ALL DO A BRAND NEW INSTALLATION OF WINDOWS 2008 R2 THEN INSTALL EXCHANGE 2007 SP3 ON A BRAND NEW SERVER THEN MOVE THE MAILBOXES?!?!  WTH?!  Come on, you should know that most of us ALREADY HAVE EXCHANGE 2007 INSTALLED with various service pack levels on Windows 2008 NON-R2 versions.  Let's all forget about the upgrade scenarios?! 

    Let's be realistic here, WE ALL need to know from the Exchange team or whoever's name with the -MSFT in their titles on this forum:

    1. With Exchange 2007 w/ SP2 already installed, CAN we first upgrade the operating system from Windows 2008 w/ SP2 to Windows 2008 R2 with Exchange 2007 w/ SP2 intact, then install Exchange 2007 SP3?

    OR

    2. With Exchange 2007 w/ SP2 already installed, CAN we first install Exchange 2007 SP3 first then upgrade the operating system to Windows 2008 R2??

    And please don't skip this question.  I saw your guys in the Exchange team blog skipping this question for a helpless guy name "Neo" here, http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2010/06/21/455145.aspx#comments

    • Proposed as answer by ronnieshih Friday, June 25, 2010 6:18 PM
    Friday, June 25, 2010 4:17 PM
  • How to make a clean installation of Exchange 2007 SP3 on Windows 2008 R2? I can´t find any documentation on this? And I can´t find any Installation media with SP3. Do I have to "patch" the SP1 or the RTM media?

    Monday, June 28, 2010 9:46 AM
  • Bitoma: The SP3 installer is actually a complete install of Exchange 2007, as was it with all previous Service Packs. Hence the need for a license key to remove time limitations for instance. Otherwise it is an Evaluation version with 120 days.

    I also couldn't find installation requirements for Exchange 2007 SP3 on Windows 2008 R2. Probably the installer could help you, it always performs a readiness check and notifies you of any additional requirements. Not ideal if you like preparation, but alas.
    Monday, June 28, 2010 10:01 AM
  • Thank you for the update.
    Monday, June 28, 2010 10:20 AM
  • NO ONE from Micrsoft has answered my question regarding whether Exchange 2007 SP3 can be applied in an upgrade scenario. 

    Can someone please wake up and stop avoiding my question?

    YES OR NO?  Upgrade Windows 2008 with Exchange 2007 SP2 already installed to Windows 2008 R2 then upgrade to Exchange 2007 SP3.

    or

    YES OR NO?  Upgrade Exchange 2007 SP2 to SP3 already installed on a Windows 2008 SP2 server, then upgrade Windows 2008 SP2 to Windows 2008 R2.

     

    Some ANSWERS please

    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 7:59 PM
  • Hi Ronnieshih,

     

    Please refer to the following article:

     

    Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Installations

    Exchange 2007 SP3 is supported on Windows Server 2008 R2. The Exchange Server 2007 SP3 Management Tools are supported on Windows 7. However, Exchange 2007 SP3 provides support only for a new installation of Exchange that is running on these operating systems. Exchange 2007 SP3 is not supported in an upgrade scenario on Windows Server 2008 R2 or on Windows 7. For example, Exchange 2007 SP3 does not support the following installation scenarios:

    • Performing a new installation of Exchange 2007 SP3 on a Windows Server 2008 R2-based computer or on a Windows 7-based computer that is upgraded from Windows Server 2008 or from Windows Vista
    • Upgrading Exchange 2007 SP2 to Exchange 2007 SP3 on a Windows Server 2008 R2-based computer or on a Windows 7-based computer that is upgraded from Windows Server 2008 or from Windows Vista 
    • Upgrading the operating system from Windows Server 2008 or from Windows Vista to Windows Server 2008 R2 or to Windows 7 if Exchange 2007 SP3 is installed
    • Performing a slipstream upgrade of Exchange 2007 SP3 on a Windows Server 2003-based computer, on a Windows Server 2008 -based computer, or on a Windows Vista-based computer.

    SP3 on R2 scenarios other than stated below are Not supported:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff607233(EXCHG.80).aspx

    Thursday, July 1, 2010 12:54 PM
  • So I see that you quoted from the article which I already read!

    And you are saying Exchange 2007 SP3 can only be installed on a brand new install of Windows 2008 R2 operating system. 

    That's all you had to say to clear this up.

    Thursday, July 1, 2010 8:41 PM
  • And you are saying Exchange 2007 SP3 can only be installed on a brand new install of Windows 2008 R2 operating system. 

     

    Yes.


    Brian Day, Overall Exchange & AD Geek
    MCSA 2000/2003, CCNA
    MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010
    Microsoft MVP, Exchange Server
    Sunday, July 18, 2010 4:28 PM
  • Exchange 2007 SP3 can only be installed on a brand new install of Windows 2008 R2
    operating system. I am running with Mailbox server and its working fine for me.<o:p></o:p>

    You need to
    perform below steps while installing Exchange 2007:

    Right click on Setup File-> Properties-> Compatibility->change run program version
    to "Windows Vista (Service Pack 2)"

    Regards,

    Avishek



    Thursday, April 26, 2012 3:25 PM
  • so, installing a brand new exchange 2007 sp3 in windows 2008 R2 is supported, but to be sure, can i have NLB for HUB and CAS implemented with windows 2008 r2? i know this works well with windows 2003:

    http://exchangeserverinfo.com/2008/03/20/network-load-balance-for-hub--cas--exchange-2007.aspx

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012 7:16 PM