Installing Exchange Management Tools

Exchange Server has several software prerequisites for the Exchange Management Tools software, without which they will refuse to install. You must have the Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack (adminpak.msi) installed on Windows XP SP1+, Windows 2000 SP3+, or Windows Server 2003 along with the following services:

  • Internet Information Services (IIS)
  • World Wide Web Publishing (WWW) Service
  • Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP) Service

Using a graphical user interface

  1. Install and configure prerequisite services. See the Discussion section for the list of these services.
  2. Go to the Windows Update site and install any critical security patches.
  3. Load the Exchange Server CD into your CD-ROM drive.
  4. On the Start menu, click Run, type <driveletter>:\setup\i386\setup.exe, and click OK. <driveletter> is your CD-ROM’s drive letter. This path may vary for certain versions of Exchange Server, such as MSDN or Select versions.
  5. On the Welcome screen, click Next.
  6. On the License Agreement screen read through the agreement and if you agree, click I agree and click Next.
  7. If the Product Identification screen is presented, enter your Exchange Server product key and click Next.
  8. This screen may not appear for certain versions of Exchange Server such as the MSDN or Select versions.
  9. On the Component Selection screen, select Custom in the top row of the Action column. Select the Install next to Microsoft Exchange System Management Tools. Verify that the installation path is correct for your installation and click Next.
  10. Review the Installation Summary screen and click Next.
  11. On the Completing the Microsoft Exchange Wizard screen, click Finish.
  12. Download and install the latest Exchange 2003 Service Pack. As of the time of this writing, that is Service Pack 1.

Using a command-line interface
Any Exchange Management Tool installations can be handled through the command line with the unattended installation process. You will need to generate and use the appropriate unattended installation INI file

Once you have an unattended file, use the following command to install it.

> :\setup\i386\setup.exe /unattendfile 

Note that if there is an error during the installation process, it will be recorded in the Exchange Server setup log, which by default will be located in the root of the system drive, generally c:\.