How to Create a Microsoft Exchange Server

By Jim Campbell

Microsoft Exchange Server provides your network with email host services. Users are able to connect using Microsoft Outlook, which is an email client used to send and receive email. Exchange Server also hosts collaboration services, so users can share public folders and calendar events. You can create an Exchange server by installing it on your Windows domain server or a dedicated email server. After the software is installed, Exchange integrates into Active Directory, so you can set permissions and create new mailboxes for each employee.

Things You'll Need

  • Exchange installation CD

Step 1

Insert your Exchange server installation CD into the drive. Click the Windows "Start" button and select "Run" (or press the "Windows" and "R" keys simultaneously). Enter "D:\setup\i386\setup" into the text box. Replace "D" with the letter for your CD-ROM drive. The installation wizard opens, which guides you through the process.

Step 2

Select "I agree" at the license agreement window and click "Next." Enter your license key in the text boxes provided in the "Product Identification" screen. The product key is highlighted in bright yellow and is located on your CD packaging. Click "Next."

Step 3

Select "Typical" from the drop-down box in the list of Exchange application options. The first option is the main Exchange engine, which is required. The other add-ons are optional. Click "Next."

Step 4

Select the option labeled "Create a New Exchange Organization" and click "Next." The next screen asks you for the organization name. Enter it in the text box provided and click "Next."

Step 5

Click "Finish" at the final summary screen, which lists all the applications you chose to install. It may take several minutes for Exchange to create the necessary files on the server.