Install Exchange Server 2019 on Server 2019 Core

Part 5: Install Exchange Server 2019 on Server 2019 Core

This is Part 5 , the final part of this series. After we have checked thy system requirements and have installed the prerequisites in Part 4 we can Install Exchange Server 2019 on the prepared Server 2019 Core server.

1 -In order to Install Exchange Server 2019 we need to copy the Exchange Server ISO file to Server 2019 Core:

Since this is a Server Core the most convenient way for me was to open an explorer and reach out to the Server Core’s drive C$. You will need to log on as a Domain Admin. ( Testlab.local )

> Copy the Exchange Server 2019 ISO file to  Server Core. ( Exchange2019 )

Make sure you have read the info and you have installed all prerequisites mentioned in Exchange Server 2019 Prerequisites.

Mount the exchange Server 2019 ISO file:

The following lines describe how to mount an .iso file on Server Core.
I found the information on Mike F Roobin’s blog very clear and helpful.

Mount-DiskImage -ImagePath ‘C:\PathToYourISOFile.iso’ -StorageType ISO -PassThru

Now we need to know the assigned drive letter:

Mount-DiskImage -ImagePath ‘C:\PathToYourISOFile.iso’ -StorageType ISO -PassThru | Get-Volume

My .iso has got drive letter E:

2 -Install Exchange Server 2019:

Prepare Active Directory for Exchange 2019:

We will need to run PrepareSchema, Prepare AD and PrepareAllDomains first. Make sure once again that the Exchange Server can reach the ActiveDirectory as a Domain Member. Use a Domain Admin Account.


E:\Setup.exe /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms /PrepareSchema


E:\Setup.exe /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms /PrepareAD /OrganizationName:”TestLab.local”


E:\Setup.exe /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms /PrepareAllDomains

Install Exchange Server 2019:

E:\Setup.exe /m:install /roles:m /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms /InstallWindowsComponents

This can take an extended amount of time. Consider to give the VM where you install Exchange Server 2019 the most possible RAM and CPU power.

When I started to build a new test lab I had just 16GB of RAM installed on my host system. So I gave the Exchange Server 6 GB of RAM and eight I7 Skylake cores.
With these specs, it took somewhat over an hour to install Exchange Server 2019.

Later I extended my RAM amount to 48GB. Exchange 2019 usually gets 16GB now. That is well enough for my test lab.

Ok, there is nothing more left to be said.
Enjoy your Exchange Server 2019 🙂

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