How to Install Exchange 2013 on server 2008 R2

This guide will show you how to install exchange 2013 on windows server 2008 R2


Open up Windows powershell as administrator and insert these commands to add the necessary features and roles to install exchange 2013

Import-Module ServerManager

Add-WindowsFeature Desktop-Experience, NET-Framework, NET-HTTP-Activation, RPC-over-HTTP-proxy, RSAT-Clustering, RSAT-Web-Server, WAS-Process-Model, Web-Asp-Net, Web-Basic-Auth, Web-Client-Auth, Web-Digest-Auth, Web-Dir-Browsing, Web-Dyn-Compression, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Http-Redirect, Web-Http-Tracing, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Filter, Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console, Web-Metabase, Web-Mgmt-Console, Web-Mgmt-Service, Web-Net-Ext, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Server, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-Static-Content, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-WMI

Pre-requisites list

When installing exchange 2013 mailbox and client access server on windows server 2008 R2 check for these pre-requisites list   

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 RC (I recommend downloading the standalone  redistributable installer)

Windows Management Framework 3.0

Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0, Core Runtime 64-bit

Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack 64 bit

Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack SP1 64 bit

Microsoft Knowledge Base article KB974405 (Windows Identity Foundation)

Knowledge Base article KB2619234 (Enable the Association Cookie/GUID that is used by RPC over HTTP to also be used at the RPC layer in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2)

Knowledge Base article KB2533623 (Insecure library loading could allow remote code execution) (restart required)

Uninstall Microsoft Visual C++ Beta Redistributable

Before installing exchange 2013 make sure to uninstall Microsoft Visual C++ 11 Beta Redistributable (x64). To do that go to

Control Panel > Programs and Features. Select Visual C++ 11 Beta Redistributable (x64) – 11.0.50531

Exchange 2013 Installation process

keep in mind that we installed mail box and client access server roles together in this situation.


Congratulations!! exchange 2013 is installed successfully on server 2008 R2.






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