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Installing the Exchange 2000 Server Software

The first Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server to be installed in a new site is the most important. All other Exchange 2000 Server installations within the same site refer to this Exchange 2000 Server for configuration information.

Before beginning the actual installation, check the following:

  • Be sure that the domain server is connected and operating.

  • Review the proposed Exchange 2000 Server naming scheme and design layout.

  • Verify that a working CD-ROM drive is available as a resource on the Windows 2000 Server. You use this drive during the installation process.

The following steps help you to install the Exchange 2000 Server CD and create the first or only Exchange 2000 Server site:

  1. Log on to the member server as a Domain Admin or as a user that has the following Admin groups:

    • Domain Admin

    • Schema Admin

    • Enterprise Admin

  2. Insert the Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server in the CD-ROM drive. You should be prompted by the Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server Welcome page. Click on Setup.

  3. Another menu appears where you can select the installation type. Click on Exchange Server Setup.

  4. The other way that you can run Setup is by navigating to \Setup\i386\Setup.exe and running Setup. The installation welcome page appears. Click Next.

  5. An End-User License Agreement page appears. Read the agreement, click I Agree, and then click Next.

  6. On the Product Identification page, enter the identification number in the CD Key field and then click Next.

  7. On the Component Selection page, click the node Action. You will find three types of component installations:

    • Typical—Installs Microsoft Exchange Messaging and Collaboration Services and Microsoft Exchange System Management Tools

    • Minimum—Installs Microsoft Exchange Messaging and Collaboration Services only

    • Custom—Enables you to make your component selection

  8. In this installation, select the Custom type and include the following components:

    • Microsoft Exchange Messaging and Collaboration Services

    • Microsoft Exchange System Management Tools

    • Microsoft Exchange Chat Services

    • Microsoft Exchange Instant Messaging Services

  9. Click the node in the Action column and select the install that corresponds to the preceding components or to what you are planning to install. Then click Next.

  10. To change the Installation drive, select the top node, Microsoft Exchange, and then click Change Folder.


    For further information regarding drive availability and its node correspondence, click Disk Information.

  11. On the Installation Type page, select Create a New Exchange Organization and click Next.

  12. On the Organization Name page, enter the Exchange 2000 organization name that you want to create.


    Remember, this organization name is going to be permanent; you can't change it. The only way to change the organization name is by performing a new installation.

  13. On the Licensing Agreement page, read the per-seat licensing agreement. To continue, check I Agree and then click Next.

  14. A Component Summary page appears. Review your component selection and then click Next.


    At this stage, you could still go back and modify your component selection. You cannot go back after this stage to modify your organization name; the only way to do this is by removing and reinstalling Exchange 2000 Server.

  15. Now the installation is in progress. Later in the installation, you are prompted by Windows 2000 Directory Schema verification. Click OK, and the installation resumes its course.

  16. After several minutes, the installation completes, and you are prompted by the Completing the Microsoft Exchange 2000 Wizard page. Click Finish.

  17. Although not required, it is a good idea to reboot Windows 2000 Server after the installation process is complete. This verifies that the services start automatically and without any error. You could check for errors by using the Windows 2000 Server Event Viewer.

This completes the installation of the first or only Exchange 2000 Server at a single site.

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