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1. Installation guide

Here we go, this is the first part of Exchange 2013 Preview/beta. It's will walk you through the installation procedure using Windows 2008 R2 SP1. Since Exchange Server 2013 beta was released a couple of days ago I’m glad to announce that my first installation is done and here’s a complete walk through. My setup is basic, using one server as domain controller, Windows 2008 R2. Initially for Exchange I’m using 3 servers, 1 server for the CAS role and 2 servers for the Mailbox role. There are some prerequisites that need to be installed/removed before the installation of Exchange can take place. Note: It’s now recommended to install the Mailbox server first. So I’m starting with that server. Step 1. Install the administration pack using the commands below, make sure to restart the server before proceeding to step 2. Import-Module ServerManager Add-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS

Step 2. Install the Windows features that Exchange uses, for Mailbox and CAS server use the command below: Import-Module ServerManager Add-WindowsFeature Desktop-Experience, NET-Framework, NET-HTTP-Activation, RPC-overHTTP-proxy, RSAT-Clustering, RSAT-Web-Server, WAS-Process-Model, Web-Asp-Net, WebBasic-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-MgmtService, Web-Net-Ext, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Server, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-StaticContent, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-WMI

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Step 3. When the feature is completed. Continue with the installation of the required components, use the links below to download the components. .NET Framework 4.5 RC Windows Management Framework 4.0 Unified Communications Managed API 4.0, Core Runtime 64-bit Office 2010 Filterpack x64 Office 2010 Filterpack SP1 x64 KB 974405 (Windows Identity Foundation) KB 2619234 (RPC over HTTP) KB 2533623 (Remote code execution) Note: Make sure to uninstall the Visual C++ 11 Beta Redistributable (x64) before starting the Exchange 2013 installation. You can have a look at the setup.exe parameters using setup.exe /? setup.exe /help:install

Step 4. Start the installation using unattended installation for the Mailbox server role setup.exe /mode:install /roles:Mailbox, ManagementTools /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms /InstallWindowsComponents /OrganizationName:Testlabs /TargetDir:"D:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V15" The installation process starts up and prepare the organization for Exchange 2013, install the necessary Windows components. The schema prep can also be done manually using setup.exe /preparead, I’ve chosen to go with the default behavior. When for the Mailbox server role installation is successfully finished it will tell you to restart the server.

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Step 5. Start the installation of the Windows features for the CAS server role Import-Module ServerManager Add-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS Add-WindowsFeature Desktop-Experience, NET-Framework, NET-HTTP-Activation, RPC-overHTTP-proxy, RSAT-Clustering, RSAT-Web-Server, WAS-Process-Model, Web-Asp-Net, WebBasic-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-MgmtService, Web-Net-Ext, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Server, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-StaticContent, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-WMI Make sure to restart the server after the Windows features got installed. Step 6. Start the installation of the CAS server role setup.exe /mode:install /roles:ClientAccess, ManagementTools /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms /InstallWindowsComponents /OrganizationName:Testlabs /TargetDir:"D:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V15" Since this is the second server, the schema prep is already done so the installation will skip that step. When it’s finished it will look like the picture below, a restart of the server is required.

The installation of both servers are now completed. Next blog post will be around how to configure Exchange 2013. Thanks for reading, looking forward to your comments about the post and also about Exchange 2013 in general.

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built on Silverlight (I suppose). 5 . I did post a complete guide for installing Exchange 2013. The fact that EMC is replaced will make the administration easier and more portable. That was part 1. Configure Mail Flow and Certificates If you haven’t read it already. The “old” Exchange Management Shell (EMS) is still there. This portable administration together with Remote PowerShell will be awesome. The easiest way to find the URL path to the EAC is to start the Exchange Management Shell and run the command below: Get-EcpVirtualDirectory | fl *url* The picture below is my output from my lab environment So let’s get things started. I will like the EAC better after used it for a while.2. We have lots of changes between how you configured Exchange 2007/2010 and 2013.. but I still like the EMC better. both EAC and PowerShell. Basic configuration. In EAC: on the left side (menu) press “Mail Flow”. I will use both methods for the configuration steps. it can be found here. Start up an Internet browser and go to the URL output from the command above Mail Flow Let’s get the mail flow configured first so we can receive mails from external senders. now it’s time for part 2. First thing is that Exchange Management Console is gone and replaced by a refreshed ECP called Exchange Admin Center (EAC). Which of course is the configuration of the server setup. so I suppose lots of us geeks will use more PowerShell in the near future.

com –DomainType Authoritative 6 . In EAC: After selecting “Mail Flow” to the left. More info about Accepted Domains can be found here. have the full control and easily build scripts.com –DomainName testlabs. press the plus mark and fill in the information. If your domain is not listed and you need to add it.Accepted Domains Ensure sure that your domains that should be used for SMTP is listed in here for making Exchange able to receive mails for these domains. like my example below. For listing and adding a domain like above in PowerShell you should write: Get-AcceptedDomain New-AcceptedDomain –Name testlabs. press “Accepted Domains” at the top menu in the middle. Using PowerShell: Since I’m a geek I like to use PowerShell because it gives you the advantage of see what happens.

in the left menu.se %r means it replaces the character after. 7 . Check so that the change is correct. When you have done the change press the “Save” button at the bottom of the page. by selecting the “Default Policy” and pressing the “pen” icon. Which it replaces with aao.%råa%räa%röo%s@testlabs. The Default Policy is showing up. In EAC: By default after the installation we only have one policy. called Default Policy. I want to edit this one. I’m using the custom policy. it just adds new addresses to mail objects. These policies does not remove any addresses used previously. press “Email Address Format”.Email Address Policies These policies are used to stamp each user mailbox object with an email address/SMTP address. Since I live in Sweden and we have some special characters that I want to get rid of. then press the “Save” button. Address type: SMTP and the Email address parameters: %råa%räa%röo%g. in this case åäö.

then this is done by comma separation.se”.%råa%räa%röo%s@testlabs. it needs to be applied.”smtp: %m@testlabs. This is done by pressing the “Apply” text/button down in the right menu.se” Set-EmailAddressPolicy –identity “Default Policy” –EnabledEmailAddressTemplates “SMTP: %råa%räa%röo%g. and for additional addresses use small letters for smtp.%råa%räa%röo%s@testlabs.se” Get-EmailAddressPolicy | Update-EmailAddressPolicy It can easily be checked if the policy has been applied. As a final step let’s do the same configuration to the “Default Policy” that we did using EAC. use capital letters for SMTP. Using PowerShell: Let’s start with listing the Policy and the settings in it. If you want to create more than just alias@domain.se”.com to your policies. See the example below: Get-EmailAddressPolicy Get-EmailAddressPolicy | fl Get-EmailAddressPolicy | Set-EmailAddressPolicy –EnabledEmailAddressTemplates “SMTP: %råa%räa%röo%g.After the changes have been saved. it will show a True or False value.”smtp: %m@testlabs. For setting the PrimarySMTP address. For checking the value run the command below: Get-EmailAddressPolicy | fl *appl* 8 .

Get-ReceiveConnector 9 . this is the server you should be looking at. found under “Mail Flow”. It now allows traffic from Anonymous users by default. Then press the “pen” icon for Edit the selected connector. I suppose this is due to that the Edge Transport Role also is removed. lets view the receive connectors and then make the changes like above. When you have done your changes for the connector. In EAC: Go to the “Receive Connectors”. After the SMTP domains have been added into the Accepted Domain tab. Receive Connectors Since the HUB Transport server role now is gone and the HUB role is placed together with the CAS role.Note: Don’t forget to update the Policy. Using PowerShell: Start the Exchange Management Shell. press the Save button. The only thing I did change was the “Maximum receive message size” to 30 MB. or else the new addresses won’t be pushed out to the recipients. some settings could be of value to have a look at before starting to use the servers. A change has been made to the new version. Make sure to select your CAS server(s) and the “Default Frontend servername”. the default connector now named “Default Frontend servername”.

using the command below Get-ReceiveConnector | fl ide*. Press Next. found under “Mail Flow”. If you have a mail gateway then you should select smart host and type in it’s IP address. (Seems like we have a typo. see picture below). My server is 10 . either by using MX records or through a smart host(s). Since this one I’m creating now is for sending to external recipients I’m selecting “Internet”. let’s create a Send Connector on the CAS server. So… for being able to send out mails to external recipients. In EAC: Go to the “Send Connectors”.maxmes* Send Connectors When the HUB server role now is gone and after the default installation of Exchange we don’t have any send connectors. Select how to route those mails. Verify that the settings was correctly set. Press the “plus” icon for Creating a new send connector. Give the send connector a friendly name and select what type it should be.Get-ReceiveConnector | fl Set-ReceiveConnector –Identity “TLCAS01\Default Frontend TLCAS01” –MaxMessageSize 30MB Note: The size can be configured between 64KB up to 2GB.

Press Finish button so the connector get’s created. Then Press Next for accepting the settings you’ve just made.just sending them directly to Internet so I’m using the MX method. Let’s add these into the connector by pressing the “plus” icon and selecting the Mailbox servers. Press the “plus” icon for adding the address space this connector should use. Note: By default the connector has a maximum message size of 10MB. but this can be done by editing the 11 . Next screen will show you which source servers that should be used. In my case it will be “*”. Press Save. Then it takes care of all domains. Then press Next. You can’t configure the maximum send message size when creating the connector.

maxmes* Certificates As most of you already know we need to request and import a certificate for Exchange.10. found under “Servers”.10. 12 . Using PowerShell: Start the Exchange Management Shell. using the command below Get-SendConnector| fl ide*. certificates needs to be configured so let’s get started. Select the server and press the “plus” icon for Creating a new certificate request. In EAC: Go to the “Certificates”.created connector. Get-SendConnector Get-SendConnector| fl This creates a new send connector using the DNS/MX method New-SendConnector –Name “Outbound” –AddressSpaces „*‟ –SourceTransportServers TLMB01 –MaxMessageSize 30MB This creates a new send connector using the smarthost method New-SendConnector –Name “Outbound” –AddressSpaces „*‟ –SourceTransportServers TLMB01 –MaxMessageSize 30MB –DNSRoutingEnabled:$false –SmartHosts “10.10” This creates a new send connector using the smarthost method together with using the CAS server as a proxy server for sending the mails New-SendConnector –Name “Outbound” –AddressSpaces „*‟ –SourceTransportServers TLMB01 –MaxMessageSize 30MB –DNSRoutingEnabled:$false –SmartHosts “10.10. This for having a fully working OWA. Verify that the settings was correctly set. ActiveSync etc. lets view the send connectors and then make the changes like above.10.10” – FrontEndProxyEnabled:$True Note: The size can be configured between 0 Bytes up to 2TB.

I’m using an Internal PKI solution. If you want to create the request for a wildcard certificate. so in this case I want to “Create a request for a certificate from a certificate authority”. 13 . Press Next. Type in a friendly name for the certificate. so I just let it be unchecked. Press Browse and select which server you want to store it on. this is the checkbox you should use. Press Next. Press Next. Press Next. I don’t want a wildcard certificate.

For each service you can here type in the address. When you’re done press Next. City and State. Press Next. Press Next. Department. Fill in Organization name. 14 . and the request will generate the names in the end. Country. Go through the names in the list and make sure that all names that’s needed are included.

Example: \\tldc01\certificates\certreq. my file is saved on my DC. press the “Complete” button below the status. together with the status “Pending request”. Press Finish. which also is my Internal CA. Press OK.cer file. Type in the URL path to the . When the certificate is issued.cer It’s now time for assigning the services to the certificates. This is done by selecting the certificate and press the Edit button. it shows up with the friendly name.In my example I did type in the path to a share on my domain controller. Example: \\tldc01\certificates\certnew.req When the request is completed. 15 .

Press OK. Check so that the services is assigned to the certificate. 16 .Go to “Services” and add the one’s that should be used. Press Save.

s=Skane. POP. Finally import the issued certificate. SMTP. or else you can have difficulties finding our created request. lets view the existing certificates and then make a new cert request like above.cer” – PrivateKeyExportable $true –FriendlyName Exchange2013-PS Enable-ExchangeCertificate –Thumbprint A2E6649A22A99BEAB2654BEB403C92BB9D34B404 –Services “IIS.req” Import-ExchangeCertificate –Server TLCAS01 –FileName “\\tldc01\certificates\certnew-ps. Get-ExchangeCertificate Get-ExchangeCertificate | fl This creates a new certificate request and saves it to a share New-ExchangeCertificate –Server TLCAS01 –GenerateRequest –FriendlyName Exchange2013PS –PrivateKeyExportable $true –SubjectName “c=SE.se” –DomainName mail.autodiscover. cn=mail. Mine landed at my Mailbox server even if I did it on the CAS server.testlabs. IMAP” –Server TLCAS01 Get-ExchangeCertificate Note: Make sure to specify –Server.testlabs. l=Malmo. ou=Testlabs.testlabs. 17 .se.se – RequestFile “\\tldc01\certificates\test. o=Testlabs.Using PowerShell: Start the Exchange Management Shell.

18 . Databases.se autodiscover.testlabs.se tlcas01  tlcas01. In EAC: Go to Servers. I’ll go through both the EAC and the PowerShell. select Virtual Directories. Then press Edit.se Sites / URL’s Let’s go through the steps for configuring the sites with the ExternalURL and other settings. so you have the opportunity to select which method you prefer. Let’s start with Autodiscover. Select the server in the menu and which type you want to show. Outlook Anywhere and MAPI vs RPC over HTTPs together with connecting using Outlook 2013. Let’s start.testlabs. (If using HTTPS. so we can use these names in the site configuration.testlabs.. Configure site URL's. Databases and Outlook Anywhere This part will include details on how the configuration could be made for Site URL’s/Virtual Directories.)    mail. In the previous part we did install the certificate which included the following names. the configured name needs to be included into the certificate.3.

I did type in the ExternalURL like the pic below. Press Save. Press Edit. Next. select Exchange ActiveSync (EAS). General settings shows the URL’s. Make sure that Basic authentication is enabled. Press Authentication. Press Save. 19 . Integrated Windows Authentication and Basic authentication is enabled.By default.

select ECP. I did type in the ExternalURL like the pic below. Press Edit. 20 .Next. Press Save. Press Authentication. General settings shows the URL’s. Authentication default settings is “Use forms-based authentication” enabled.

A warning. select EWS. Authentication settings. Integrated Windows authentication is enabled by default. Press Authentication. Press Edit. Next. General settings shows the URL’s. Press Save. I did type in the ExternalURL like the pic below. make sure to change all virtual directions. Press OK. 21 .

Press Save.Next. select OAB. the InternalURL was already configured. select OWA. Next. I did type in the ExternalURL like the pic below. Press Edit. For having a faster update of the OAB. I did type in the ExternalURL in this setting. General settings shows the URL’s. Press Authentication. 22 . I did also change the Polling interval from 480 minutes to 60. Press Edit.

Showing the default settings. Press File Access. 23 . Press Features. Showing the default settings. Press Save. I did select the Logon format: User name only and did select my domain by the browsing button.Forms-based authentication is selected.

Press Edit. Press Save. 24 . Both Integrated Windows authentication and Basic authentication was selected by default. General settings shows the URL’s.Next. I did type in the ExternalURL like the pic below. Press Authentication. select PowerShell.

rver-ActiveSync Exchange Control Panel (ECP): Get-EcpVirtualDirectory | fl *url*..utodiscover.asmx 25 ..testlab.testlabs. ide* Set-EcpVirtualDirectory –Identity “TLCAS01\ecp (Default Web Site)” – ExternalUrl https://mail.xml Exchange ActiveSync (EAS): Get-ActiveSyncVirtualDirectory | fl *url*.se/ecp Exchange Web Services (EWS): Get-WebServicesVirtualDirectory | fl *url*.Using PowerShell Start the Exchange Management Shell (EMS) and the following commands will do the same work that’s done in EAC..testlab.... Autodiscover: Get-ClientAccessServer | fl *uri* Set-ClientAccessServer –Identity TLCAS01 – AutoDiscoverServiceInternalUri https://autodiscover.S/Exchange. ide* Set-WebServicesVirtualDirectory –Identity “TLCAS01\EWS (Default Web Site)” – ExternalUrl https://mail. ide* Set-ActiveSyncVirtualDirectory –Identity “TLCAS01\Microsoft-Server-ActiveSync (Default Web Site)” –ExternalUrl https://mail.

se/OAB –PollInterval 60 Outlook Web App (OWA): Get-OwaVirtualDirectory | fl *url*.testlabs.testlabs.Offline Address Book (OAB): Get-OabVirtualDirectory | fl *url*. ide*.se/OWA PowerShell: Get-PowerShellVirtualDirectory | fl *url*. ide* Set-PowerShellVirtualDirectory –Identity “TLCAS01\PowerShell (Default Web Site)” – ExternalUrl https://mail.se/powershell Databases 26 .pol* Set-OabVirtualDirectory –Identity “TLCAS01\OAB (Default Web Site)” – ExternalUrl https://mail.testlabs. ide* Set-OwaVirtualDirectory –Identity “TLCAS01\OWA (Default Web Site)” – ExternalUrl https://mail.

In EAC: Go to Servers. Select the database.. named “Mailbox Database 0883045.. Dismount it by pressing the … icon and press Dismount database. Let’s start.Let’s go through the steps that’s required for renaming the default database. Also creating new databases. Press Cancel. General settings is shown. Select the database. It does show a warning. Press Edit. Press Maintenance. Press Yes. dismount and mount. that mailboxes being on this database now will be unavailable. select Databases.”. Press Edit. Give the database a friendly name. example: DB01. Let’s start with the EAC and then do it in PowerShell. Select the default database. 27 .

28 . these are the default values. Press Browse and make sure to select the address book.Maintenance settings is shown. Press Save. Press Limits. no Offline address book was selected. Press Client Settings. Mailbox limits are shown. By default.

example: DB02. Then go to Client Settings and select the Offline address book. Browse for a mailbox server. Using PowerShell Start the Exchange Management Shell (EMS) and the following commands will do the same work 29 . During the creating of the database. When the database is created. there is not option for associate the database with the offline address book.What about if you want to create a new database? Let’s start in EAC Press the Add button (+). Give the database a friendly name. Press Save. And also put in the database path and log path. press Edit.

Press Edit.edb” –LogFolderPath “F:\Logs\DB01” Mount-Database DB01 Get-OfflineAddressBook For creating a new database (DB02). It’s done by the commands below: Move-DatbasePath –identity DB01 –EdbFilePath “E:\Database\DB01\DB01. New-MailboxDatabase -Name DB02 -EdbFilePath “E:\Database\DB02\DB02.*path* Dismount Database Dismount-Database –Identity DB01 After the default database is renamed to DB01.that’s done in EAC. Let’s start with the EAC: Go to the servers menu. Outlook Anywhere Configuration of the feature Outlook Anywhere can also be done from both the EAC and EMS.edb” LogFolderPath “F:\Logs \DB02″ -OfflineAddressBook “\Default Offline Address Book” -Server TLMB01 Mount-Database DB02 Note that the OfflineAddressBook is specified during the creation of the database. we have the opportunity in PowerShell to specify all parameters that’s needed for having all options configured. Retrieve database information Get-MailboxDatabase Get-MailboxDatabase | fl name. 30 . and select Servers. in various ways. I want to move the database file and the logs to another drive.

I think (and hope) most of you will 31 . example: mail. type in the external name. Press Save.se.Then go to the “Outlook Anywhere” option. Outlook instead will use port 443 (HTTPS) or port 80 (HTTP).se – InternalHostname tlcas01. less ports is used together with the requirement of load balancing affinity/sticky session settings is also gone now. With that said no more load balancing of static RPC ports.se –ExternalClientAuthenticationMethod Basic – InternalClientAuthenticationMethod Ntlm –IISAuthentication Ntlm –SSLOffloading:$false Get-OutlookAnywhere –Server TLCAS01 MAPI and RPC The MAPI/RPC (RPC over TCP) traffic is now gone and replaced with RPC over HTTP/s instead. Using PowerShell Start the Exchange Management Shell (EMS) and the following commands will do the same work that’s done in EAC. it can now be load balanced based on IP addresses.testlabs. This because of there is no need anymore to have the affinity settings. Just make sure that the load balancer verifies the Exchange services before sending traffic to it.testlabs. Enable Outlook Anywhere: Enable-OutlookAnywhere –Server TLCAS01 –ExternalHostname mail.testlabs. And the Configuration is completed. as far as I know this will make both the Firewall team and the Load Balancer teams work easier. I’m using Basic authentication for Outlook Anywhere.

Outlook 2013 Preview. using RPC over HTTPS. It’s using HTTPS to initiate the connection.use RPC over HTTPS. connects to my mailbox in Exchange 2013. 32 . More information around What’s new in Exchange 2013 can be found here. A small picture from Network Monitor when the connection initiated by Outlook 2013. using port 6001 by default for it’s connection. with this said I’ll show you the new Outlook 2013 Preview/beta and how it connects and also the traffic it’s using.

I have also read that IOPS requirements for databases have been reduced with another 50% from Exchange 2010. Both for the MAPI network and the Replication network. Running “ipconfig” on both mailbox servers. Configure DAG. DAG is available for both Standard and Enterprise version of Exchange. CAS Array and Public Folders At the end of the post.. Using EAC: It’s time to like the new EAC “console”. Database Availability Group (DAG) If this expression is new to you. but I haven’t read it officially so maybe it’s just a rumor. Note: My posts around Exchange 2013 Preview/beta are based on Beta information and it could be changed before it will be released (RTM). It give us the opportunity to have a mailbox database replicated between two or more servers. Let’s get ready to create the DAG and add the Databases as copies on each DAG member/node. The advantage of this is that if one server fails. Disaster Recovery. Store (ESE) is totally rewritten. for checking the IP addresses. I will link to some interesting TechNet articles around High Availability. The DAG is the new cluster technology from Exchange 2010 and also included in 2013. here are some background information. We’ll see what happens when it’s being release and probably Microsoft will release an update mailbox calculator. the DAG can have utilize up to 16 copies of each database (16 different servers). Though all DAG members needs to run the same OS version. 33 . Some interesting changes around databases are that each database runs under it’s own process in Windows. again. which means you can’t use databases from older versions of Exchange directly on Exchange 2013. Site resilience and Public Folder migration.4. it’s easy and very fast for doing switchover/failover to another server. and supported to run on both Windows 2008 R2 and Windows Server 8.

Press Save. Press Add button (+). Login to the EAC. Witness Server. Witness directory and DAG IP. 34 . Type in DAG name.Go into Control Panel and check the network interfaces. go to Servers and select Database Availability Group.

select it and Press Edit. 35 . Check the option “Configure database availability group network manually”. Press the Add button (+) and add the mailbox servers. Press Save. Add the mailbox servers that should reside in the DAG. this by pressing “Manage membership” button.When the DAG is created. Press OK. It’s now time for adding the mailbox servers into the DAG.

Press Save. Next thing to do it the DAG Networks. failover clustering was installed on mailbox servers. The configuration now gets saved. I want to have the control over these networks so I will 36 . Press Close. a network called “MapiDagNetwork” has been created. as you can see in the right bottom corner.

Since we now have created those two network. Press Save. Press Save. Start by pressing “New DAG Network”. My second network will be called Replication Network. I’m about to create two new networks. let’s remove the automatic created one by pressing “Remove” button. I will give the first network a name like MAPI Network. since that it’s purpose and also assign it to the correct Subnet. 37 . and assign the Subnet to it where the clients are supposed to connect.create my own.

so let’s disable that function by pressing “Disable Replication” on the MAPI network.Press OK. This can’t be done through EAC (maybe that will change to RTM). Press OK. 38 . More info about DAC mode can be found on the link in the end of the post. In the menu. Set-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup –Identity DAG01 –DatacenterActivationMode DagOnly Database copies On each mailbox database we now need to add a copy to another server for having the redundancy. So let’s start up Exchange Management Shell (EMC). The MAPI Network is not supposed to be used as replication network. this for preventing split brain syndrome. The DAG should now show two networks called MAPI and Replication. Which means that you end up with having same database mounted on two (or more) different servers. go to Databases and select one database. then press the Add database copy button. Final DAG configuration The last step (just a recommendation) is to enable the DAC mode. The MAPI Network should not be enabled for replication.

39 . Note: In this menu you also have the option to configure lag time (if using lagging node). Then do the same procedure on all of your databases. The database now get’s copied (Seeding). Press Save.Specify mailbox server that at the moments doesn’t hold a copy of the database and add it by pressing the browse button.

Press Close. 40 . when the operation is done. The seeding operation is running. Do the same procedure on all of your databases.

Let’s start with creating the DAG by using the command below: New-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup –Name DAG01 –WitnessServer TLCAS01 –WitnessDirectory C:\FSW_DAG01 –DatabaseAvailabilityGroupIpAddresses 172. because I have the full control over what’s going on. Using PowerShell: The Web interface is nice to work with. It should look like the picture below when everything is completed.15 Configure the DAG so that the networks can be manually configured: Set-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup –Identity DAG01 –ManualDagNetworkConfiguration $True Add the mailbox servers into the DAG: Add-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupServer –Identity DAG01 –MailboxServer TLMB01 41 . But I prefer the PowerShell.. It might take a while (some minutes.1.) until it get’s Healthy and everything has been checked and verified. In my test environment it took around 15min to be fine.16.Press Close.

it will not be used: Remove-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupNetwork –Identity DAG01\MapiDagNetwork Database copies On each mailbox database we now need to add a copy to another server for having the redundancy. one for Mapi and one for Replication: New-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupNetwork –DatabaseAvailabilityGroup DAG01 –Name Mapi – Description “Mapi Network” –ReplicationEnabled $False –Subnets “172.0.0/24” New-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupNetwork –DatabaseAvailabilityGroup DAG01 –Name Replication –Description “Replication Network” –ReplicationEnabled $True –Subnets “10.0/8” Remove the automated created network.0.16.1. Specify a mailbox server that at the moments doesn’t hold a copy of the database and add it by 42 .Add-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupServer –Identity DAG01 –MailboxServer TLMB02 Enable DAC mode for the DAG: Set-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup –Identity DAG01 –DatacenterActivationMode DagOnly List the DAG Networks: Get-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupNetwork Create two new DAG Networks.

But you can only have one that is allowed to make changes/writeable. It means that you don’t have any public folder hierarchy (mailbox) created yet. 43 . If you decide to use the Public Folders in Exchange 2013. and transferred to “normal” mailboxes instead. the first step will be to create a mailbox that holds the public folder hierarchy. you can have copies of the hierarchy.running the following commands. With “normal” mailbox I mean that they reside in the mailbox databases. those are also special mailboxes. However they can in someway be compared to shared and room. Add-MailboxDatabaseCopy –Identity DB01 –MailboxServer TLMB02 Add-MailboxDatabaseCopy –Identity DB02 –MailboxServer TLMB02 Add-MailboxDatabaseCopy –Identity DB03 –MailboxServer TLMB02 Verify the replication status on each mailbox server: Get-MailboxDatabaseCopyStatus –Server TLMB01 Get-MailboxDatabaseCopyStatus –Server TLMB02 Public Folders The Public Folder databases are now gone. it’s still required that you configure the public folder replication for the contents. this is the first warning/error message you will receive. just like user mailboxes does. This will be the writeable copy. The advantage of this is that the mailbox itself can now be replicated using DAG technology. This doesn’t mean that the public folder contents is replicated. How can the hierarchy mailbox be created? Using EAC: Go to Public Folders section.

press Edit and configure it. Statistics can also be found under Edit selection. Go back to “Public Folders”. Give the mailbox a friendly name. Press Save. place it into an organizational unit and select a mailbox database where it should be saved into. Now when the hierarchy is created. If you want to configure any storage quota on the public folder content. press the Add (+) button. so it’s hierarchy can be saved. Give the public folder a name. example: PF_Hierarchy. 44 . create the first mailbox for the public folders. Add (+). let’s create some test folders too. Press Save.Go to the second public folder selection called “Public Folders Mailboxes”. which sometimes is valuable.

now we see that we have lots of new settings. By pressing the Enable button. Press Yes. 45 . Here’s a small example how the Mail Flow settings looks like. Let’s check the properties for the folder again.Just for testing purposes I did mail-enable the folder.

Client Access Server Array In my previous blog post I did write about some news regarding MAPI and RPC. When I get my hands on SP3. the following commands will be used for creating the public folder hierarchy and contents folder. For example. it means that the clients is not required to have the connection established to the same CAS server for having the OWA to work. This for not having the possibility to logon as this user. The “new” Client Access Server role can now been seen as more of a traditional Front-End server. mail enable the public folder Enable-MailPublicFolder –Identity \Testlabs We have public folders located in Exchange 2007/2010. where I did mention what changes been made. Create the hierarchy by running the following command New-Mailbox –Name PF_Hierarchy –Alias PF_Hierarchy –Database DB01 –OrganizationalUnit Users This mailbox. this will be one of the first things to try out. I don’t see any specific reason for creating the CAS Array. How to create a client access array? Right now. After the architectural change around the CAS role. I haven’t tried to migrate public folder contents from earlier versions of Exchange since SP3 for Exchange 2010 is required for having coexistence between Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2013. you can find a link to a TechNet article. it provides you with a great stepby-step guide. It utilize as a front-end connection point and redirects/proxies (depending on method) the clients to it’s correct mailbox server.Using PowerShell: Start up Exchange Management Shell. it’s now “stateless” which means there’s no need for the load balancer to configure affinity/sticky session. SP3 is right now under development/testing and no official information can be found. since the traffic will be proxied from the CAS servers to the correct active Mailbox servers. This means that all CAS servers now will serve all clients with connections to it’s mailbox endpoint server. It can be found here. Let’s create the folder named Testlabs New-PublicFolder –Name Testlabs Finally. what about them? In the end of this post. like shared/room mailboxes is also disabled by default. 46 . In an upcoming blog post I will cover how to configure the load balancing for Exchange 2013.

Upcoming topics: load balancing Exchange 2013 using different load balancers. database failover. Thanks for reading. But first it’s time for 3 weeks of vacation. disaster recovery etc. move mailbox reports. I hope it did gave you some valuable information. 47 . Keep on reading the posts and you’re more than welcome to comment on them. until then.