The Exchange Server 2007 Mailbox server role hosts the mailbox databases and public folder databases. Outlook clients connect directly to the Mailbox server using MAPI for access to their mailbox and public folder data.

This tutorial demonstrates how to install an Exchange Server 2007 Mailbox server on Windows Server 2008. It is assumed that you have already extended the Active Directory schema for Exchange 2007.

Installing Exchange 2007 Mailbox Server Pre-Requisites on Windows Server 2008

On Windows Server 2008 the pre-requisite roles and features for the Exchange 2007 Mailbox server role can be installed using ServerManagerCmd.exe.

Launch an elevated command prompt and run the following command.

ServerManagerCmd -i PowerShell Web-Server Web-ISAPI-Ext Web-Metabase Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console Web-Basic-Auth Web-Windows-Auth

Next download the Windows Installer 4.5 file from Microsoft and install it on the server. The Windows6.0-KB942288-v2-x64.msu file is the correct one for a 64-bit Windows Server 2008 server.

A restart will be required before you move on to the next step.

Installing the Exchange 2007 Mailbox Server Role

To install the Exchange 2007 Mailbox server role download the Exchange Server 2007 SP3 setup files from Microsoft and extract them to a folder on the server’s hard disk.

Launch an elevated command prompt and run the following command.

setup /m:install /r:m,t
Welcome to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unattended Setup

Preparing Exchange Setup

The following server roles will be installed
    Management Tools
    Mailbox Role

Performing Microsoft Exchange Server Prerequisite Check

    Mailbox Role Checks              ......................... COMPLETED

Configuring Microsoft Exchange Server

    Copying Exchange files           ......................... COMPLETED
    Exchange Management Tools        ......................... COMPLETED
    Mailbox Server Role              ......................... COMPLETED

The Microsoft Exchange Server setup operation completed successfully.
Setup has made changes to operating system settings that require a reboot to tak
e effect. Please reboot this server prior to placing it into production.

Reboot the server before proceeding to apply the latest updates and configure the server for your environment.

Install and Register the Office Filter Pack IFilters

An optional step is to install the Office Filter Pack and register the IFilters so that Exchange Server 2007 can index those file types.

You can install either the Office 2007 Filter Pack or the Office 2010 Filter Pack (which includes the Office 2007 IFilters). After you install the filter pack the IFilters need to be registered.

You can find the instructions and the script to register the IFilters here. Copy the script into Notepad and save it as Exchange_reg.vbs.

Installing an Exchange 2007 Mailbox Server on Windows Server 2008

The script creates a registry file for you in the same folder.

Installing an Exchange 2007 Mailbox Server on Windows Server 2008

Double-click the reg file to import it into the registry of the Mailbox server (make sure you do this while you’re logged onto the Mailbox server itself).

Installing an Exchange 2007 Mailbox Server on Windows Server 2008

The script tells you to restart the Microsoft Exchange Search service. Open a PowerShell window and run the following command.

Restart-Service msftesql-exchange -force

You then need to run this command to start the dependent service that was stopped by the command above.

Start-Service MSExchangeSearch

The IFilters are now registered and Office file types can be indexed and searched on the Exchange server.

About the Author

Paul Cunningham

Paul is a former Microsoft MVP for Office Apps and Services. He works as a consultant, writer, and trainer specializing in Office 365 and Exchange Server. Paul no longer writes for


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