With the release of Exchange Server 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 5 we now have support for running Exchange Server 2010 in Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory environments.
To be clear, this means that the following is supported with Exchange Server 2010 SP3 RU5:
- Active Directory Domain Controllers running Windows Server 2012 R2
- Active Directory Forest Function Level and Domain Functional Level of Windows Server 2012 R2
The following is not supported:
- Installing Exchange Server 2010 SP3 RU5 on a Windows Server 2012 R2 server
So in other words, Exchange Server 2010 is no longer a roadblock to an Active Directory upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2.
More information is available at the Exchange Server Supportability Matrix.
I just found a new update on the Exchange Server supportability matrix
It seems they’re now supported the Windows Server 2012 R2 for Exchange 2010 SP3, would you check please!
I need to know if the following scenario is the best for my situation or there’s a better than that,
I have two nods of exchange 2010 multi roles with a hardware load-balance in they already hybrid with Exchange online “O365”.
Both nodes are running on windows server 2008 R2 enterprise edition.
We need to upgrade the OS to be supported, it looks like 2012 R2.
Do we need first to upgrade the Exchange server to 2013 or 2016 ( which is the best in your opinion).
Then adding two servers with windows server 2012 R2 or 2016 to the DAG, after that, demote the old nodes.
If this scenario is the best one please confirm, if there’s any other best practice in this case, please share with me your thoughts.
If there’s any impacts on hybrid configuration with upgrading the exchange server, just let me know.
In feb 2019 Exchange 2010 sp3 rollup 26 was released, which gives support for exchange 2010 sp3 on windows server 2012 r2.
How to do it in practice, since the original exchange 2010 media which you need to install exchange are not supported on 2012 r2
Has anybody done this ??
Will Exchange server 2010 SP3 without any RU Can support upgrade of AD schema version to 69 (windows server 2012 R2)
if we are not raising the domain/forest functional levels , keep it as 2003.
I understand if we are upgrade schema version also Exchange needs to be minimum with SP3 RU5 ,
Would like to confirm on this.
Does this mean that it will allow you to install exchange 2010 standard on a server running Windows 2012 r2 standard? If so how is this done? What limitations are there?
It’s not supported to install Exchange 2010 on Windows Server 2012 R2 at all.
Thank you and all your guests for this fantastic topic, it’s very exaustive…
In my head, just a question cannot find its answer: understood that this way of act is not supported by Microsoft, our goal is to create a brand new Exchange infrastructure: shall we install Exchange 2010 SP3 (with the latest rollup update) on Windows 2012 R2 member servers or DC?
I have found, googleing, different answers to this question.
Thanks in advance,
For a brand new environment I wouldn’t be deploying Exchange 2010, I would be planning to deploy Exchange 2016.
Exchange should not be installed on DCs. It’s supported, but not recommended as it causes a lot of issues with recovery scenarios.
I understand that, but as my head officers still want to deploy Exchange 2010 (and there is no way to change their minds), I was wondering what’s the best solution with less troubles… 🙂
Stated that MUST be (even if I disagree) Exchange 2010 SP3, I will install it on a 2012 R2 member server, right?
Thanks again for your patience.
Well it’s not supported to install any version of Exchange 2010 on Windows Server 2012 R2, so no, you shouldn’t follow that plan. It will need to be installed on a supported operating system.
I have Windows 2012 R2 DCs and customer wants to add a new Exchange 2010 server. I can install Exchange 2010 on a different VM (2008 R2).
Is this possible?
To further clarify, if I install Exchange 2010 and then install the rollup packages to get it up to SP3 RU5, would that work? Or would it just fail right off the bat because I’m installing just the base Exchagne 2010 to start?
Exchange 2010 SP3 is supported for install on WS2008R2 and WS2012. You can refer to the supportability matrix any time you want to know what you can install on which OS
Whatever OS you choose to use, you can install Exchange 2010 SP3 (that is a full build of the product, it’s not necessary to install any earlier build or “base” version) and then apply the latest update rollup (not not necessary to install every rollup before it).
Thank you! I joined the 2008R2 OS to the domain, installed Exchange 2010, installed SP3, then installed RU15. Worked like a champ!
Can i install exchange server 2007 in windows server 2012 r2 ??
No. If you ever want to know which versions of Exchange are compatible with each OS, just refer to the Exchange Supportability Matrix on TechNet.
We already installed Exchange 2010 sp3 up14 on server 2012 r2 OS in 2 machine in separate AD site. Everything went and working fine. However we want to Remove the exchange 2010 sp3 on those 2 servers. Due to unsupported matrix. Could you please provide the link or information how to remove exchange 2010 sp3 from those 2 server without affecting any other working AD site ?
How did you installed exchange 2010 on win does server 2012 r2? Was there any hiccups or certain roll ups or service packs you needed? If you worked off some steps can you please link that?
Hi Ray Davis ,
You said “According to MS this is a valid config.” Did they really said exchange 2010 sp3 supported in server 2012 r2 ?
Paul, Was trying to instal DAG on Server 2008 R2 with Exchange 2010 SP3. After hours with MS discovered DAG wouldn’t work. Tried upgrading the secondary Exchange 2010 server to sERver 2012 R2. Now Exchange won’t run on that computer. According to MS this is a valid config. Any ideas? Was so glad to find this site!
Exchange 2010 is not supported to run on Windows Server 2012 R2.
It is also not supported to upgrade the operating system after Exchange has already been installed.
I’m sorry to say that it sounds like you’ve broken your server and will need to rebuild it.
It looks like Exchange 2010 SP3 is supported on Windows 2012.
I installed 2010 SP3 Rollup Update 11 on my lab network running Windows Server 2012 R2 and it looks like everything is working right. The latest matrix says that 2012 is supported not 2012 R2
I installed a DAG on 2 servers and ran into a slight problem.
This corrected the problem.
We have 2010 installed on Server 2012 (R1) too. One of the more annoying problems is that the Queue Viewer doesn’t work properly. It works but it constantly throws out errors. You can close the error and continue but 5 seconds later the error returns. Here’s MS’s “solution”…don’t use it:
“Don’t use it” is also my solution, sorry. Use Get-Queue, works fine.
I have the same problem at uninstalling the Exchange 2010 from an Windows Server 2012 R2 Operating System. Could you tell me which parameters you deleted exactely?
sorry. i don’t remember right now. you can find it in google like me. it not so difficult
we have a Exchange 2003 in a Server 2012 R2 AD.
We want to install a Exchange 2010 on Server 2012 for migration.
This should be supported, but how do we have to make the installation?
Do we need a slipstream Image with SP3 RU5 included or is it possible to do the ADPrep with SP3, the installation with Exchange 2010 + SP1 and then update to SP3 RU5?
There’s no slipstreamed images with update rollups in them.
Use Exchange 2010 SP3 for your AD prep and for the installation. Installed the latest update rollup afterwards.
yep. thanx, you are right
i’m deleted two ldap parameters for mailboxes and database + two connectors for it
now new exchange has deleted from control panel/uninstall
Why Microsoft doesn’t break installation process instead broken dependence SYSTEM/ROLE ???
Setup of Exchange 2010 should know about incompatibility with Windows Server 2012 R2
damn, stupid, stupid ms pitfall
Ok. But im in trap((
i don’t known about uncompatibling windows server 2012 R2 and exchange 2010, and i try to install for test. (i have a copy of AD, but restoring it will be last my of my ideas)
Now i have a trouble. Exchange can’t start and uninstall impossible too because “This mailbox database contains one ore more mailboxes or arbitration mailboxes, etc”
To remove this mailboxes/public folder database i must delete it from exchange power shell application. But this application is not work because cannot connect to this corrupted exchange server
Its really trap. Thy exchange installer not siad to me about uncompatibling?!
And what i can do now? 🙁
* sorry my grammar
You might be able to remove the mailbox database using ADSIEdit, then try uninstalling Exchange again.
Is Exchange Server 2010 installed on Windows Server 2012 (not R2) supported? if so, is recommended?
Thanks in advance!!
At the end of the article there is a link to the Exchange Supportability Matrix.
Awesome information, I found one complete prerequisites installation guide here.
Installing Exchange Server 2010 SP3 Prerequisites on Windows Server 2012
We went ahead with this last weekend and successfully managed to upgrade to SP3 update rollup 5.
We did hit a snag to do with missing a couple of previous rollups .msp files, but we followed the following KB http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2784788 and all was well.
It feels good to be back on a supported configuration!
Ok thanks Paul will do
I assume it will be still ok to run the Exchange 2010 SP3 ADprep command now that our schema has been prepped for server 2012R2?
I would assume so but I’ve never been in your exact scenario to discover otherwise.
Robert Turpie says:
March 6, 2014 at 2:58 am
We recently upgraded our DC’s to Windows Server 2012 R2 (Forest and Domain Functional level still at 2008R2). We are also running Exchange 2010 SP2.
The plan is to raise the Forest and Domain functional level to 2012 as I know that we cannot raise to 2012R2 before we install SP3 & rollup 5. However, the compatibility chart says that Exchange 2010 SP2 is not supported with Windows server 2012 R2 Active Directory Servers! However we now have 2012 R2 AD servers and Exchange 2010 SP2 is still running fine??
Will it break when we raise the Forest & Domain Levels up to 2012?? Should we upgrade Exchange first?
No you should not continue to pursue unsupported configurations. You should upgrade Exchange first.
I see on this thread someone mentioned they successfully installed exchange 2010 on Windows server 2012 r2. I see you mentioned that it was not supported. Does that mean it is not recommended but will function. Or do you mean it would not work at all?
There is no version of Exchange 2010 supported for running on Windows Server 2012 R2. Whether anyone got it working or not is irrelevant.
Thanks for clarifying this.
This is great. However they are not allowing to install Exchange 2010 on 2012r2 that mean they want you to go to Exchange 2013?
No it means that is isn’t supported to install Exchange 2010 on 2012 R2. That is all that it means.
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2. how it ‘s work Active directory exchange windows 2012r2?
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