I've opted to use the command line to install Exchange 2013. Once we have navigated to the location of the Exchange installation files, one line is all that is necessary:
setup /mode:install /roles:ClientAccess,Mailbox /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms
It is possible to abbreviate some of the terms:
setup /m:install /r:ClientAccess,Mailbox /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms
That is, in fact, the command that I used.
In previous versions of Exchange, we could abbreviate even further in the selection of roles:
We could indicate "false" as well but in that case, we might just as well omit the parameter.
This Technet article lists these optional parameters.
Install Exchange 2013 Using Unattended Mode
But once again, we could just use the command indicated above, which would produce this output:
Welcome to Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1 Unattended Setup
File copy complete. Setup will now collect additional information needed for installation.
Mailbox role: Transport service
Mailbox role: Client Access service
Mailbox role: Unified Messaging service
Mailbox role: Mailbox service
Client Access role: Front End Transport service
Client Access role: Client Access Front End service
Performing Microsoft Exchange Server Prerequisite Check
Configuring Prerequisites COMPLETED
Prerequisite Analysis COMPLETED
Configuring Microsoft Exchange Server
Preparing Setup COMPLETED
Stopping Services COMPLETED
Copying Exchange Files COMPLETED
Language Files COMPLETED
Restoring Services COMPLETED
Language Configuration COMPLETED
Exchange Management Tools COMPLETED
Mailbox role: Transport service COMPLETED
Mailbox role: Client Access service COMPLETED
Mailbox role: Unified Messaging service COMPLETED
Mailbox role: Mailbox service COMPLETED
Client Access role: Front End Transport service COMPLETED
Client Access role: Client Access Front End service COMPLETED
Finalizing Setup COMPLETED
The Exchange Server setup operation completed successfully.
Setup has made changes to operating system settings that require a reboot to take effect. Please reboot this server prior to placing it into production.
[PS] C:\>Get-ExchangeServer | fl name,ServerRole,AdminDisplayVersion
Name : ex1
ServerRole : Mailbox, ClientAccess, HubTransport
AdminDisplayVersion : Version 8.3 (Build 83.6)
Name : EX13-1
ServerRole : 16439
AdminDisplayVersion : Version 15.0 (Build 847.32)
If you want more details, you can enter the command like this:
[PS] C:\>Get-ExchangeServer | fl
Once we have installed Exchange 2013, we will probably want to take a look at the new web-based "Exchange Administrative Center" (EAC). If we attempt to connect with "https://localhost/ecp", we will encounter an error:
I created a shortcut with that URL, and saved it to the desktop, so I would not have to enter it manually each time I want to access the EAC.
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