Today we will look at how to prepare AD for Exchange 2013. The computer you want to use to prepare Active Directory for Exchange 2013 has specific prerequisites that must be met.
- First, we need to install .NET Framework 4.6.2 to a computer which we need to prepare AD for Exchange. I will use 1st exchange server to Prepare AD.
- Second, we need install Windows Management Framework 4.0 (included with Windows Server 2012 R2)
- After you’ve installed the software listed above, complete the following steps to install the Remote Tools Administration Pack. After you’ve installed the Remote Tools Administration Pack you’ll be able to use the computer to prepare Active Directory. To install that Open Powershell(Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2012 ) and Run following command:
4. Now we need to get installation files and enter to that directory on Powershell and Extent AD schema. Run the following command to extend the schema:
Setup.exe /PrepareSchema /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms
5. Prepare AD run following command in Powershell:
Setup.exe /PrepareAD /OrganizationName:”<organization name>” /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms
If you upgrade Exchange to 2013 then you must run the following command:
Setup.exe /PrepareAD /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms
6. If you have more than one domain then you need to Prepare every single Active Directory domains with this command:
Setup.exe /PrepareDomain /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms
In this case, I have only one domain So I skip step 6.
After Exchange extends your Active Directory schema and prepares Active Directory for Exchange, several properties are updated to show that preparation is complete. Use the information in the following list to make sure these properties have the right values.
- In the Schema naming context, verify that the rangeUpper property on ms-Exch-Schema-Verision-Pt is set to the value shown for your version of Exchange 2013 in the Exchange 2013 Active Directory versions table.
- In the Configuration naming context, verify that the objectVersion property in the CN=<your organization>,CN=Microsoft Exchange,CN=Services,CN=Configuration,DC=<domain> container is set to the value shown for your version of Exchange 2013 in the Exchange 2013 Active Directory versions table.
- In the Default naming context, verify that the objectVersion property in the Microsoft Exchange System Objects container under DC=<root domain is set to the value shown for your version of Exchange 2013 in the Exchange 2013 Active Directory versions table.