Active Directory

Preparing Active Directory for Exchange 2007 installation

To prepare an Active Directory domain for an Exchange 2007 installation we have to perform a number of steps before we go ahead with the installation.

1) Prepare the Schema

This must be run on the Schema Master in the forest and you must also be a member of schema admins to run.

D:\>setup /prepareschema

Welcome to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unattended Setup

Preparing Exchange Setup

No server roles will be installed

Performing Microsoft Exchange Server Prerequisite Check

    Organization Checks              ……………………. COMPLETED

Configuring Microsoft Exchange Server

    Extending Active Directory schema
    Progress                         ……………………. COMPLETED

The Microsoft Exchange Server setup operation completed successfully.

2)  Prepare the forest root

This steps performs the following:

  • Creates exchange org (if one doesn’t already exist
  • Creates universal security groups
  • Creates exchange container
  • Assigns permissions to the configuration partition
  • Creates security groups OU and assigns permissions to it

D:\>setup /preparead /organizationname:EXCHORG

Welcome to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unattended Setup

Preparing Exchange Setup

No server roles will be installed

Performing Microsoft Exchange Server Prerequisite Check

    Organization Checks              ……………………. COMPLETED

Configuring Microsoft Exchange Server

    Organization Preparation         ……………………. COMPLETED

The Microsoft Exchange Server setup operation completed successfully.

3) Prepare the domains

The final step is to prepare all the domains which will contain Exchange 2007 servers and recipient objects.

D:\>setup /preparedomain

Welcome to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unattended Setup

Preparing Exchange Setup

No server roles will be installed

Performing Microsoft Exchange Server Prerequisite Check

    Organization Checks              ……………………. COMPLETED

Configuring Microsoft Exchange Server

    Prepare Domain Progress          ……………………. COMPLETED

The Microsoft Exchange Server setup operation completed successfully.

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