If you are regularly deploying or administering Exchange Server 2010 environments then chances are there are some pieces of software and documentation that you regularly need to make use of.

Here are the items that I keep with me in my own Exchange 2010 toolkit.


Operating Systems

Physical DVD media as well as ISO files for:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 64-bit, with Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 64-bit R2


Download the following pre-requisite components:

It is also useful to have the Exchange Server 2007 SP3 source and pre-requisites on hand for running the Exchange 2007 SP3 schema update in 2003 orgs prior to applying the 2010 schema update.

If you are installing Exchange Server 2010 SP1 there are some additional hotfixes required.

Exchange 2010 Installation Source

Download the Exchange Server 2010 installation files.

Planning, Deployment and Troubleshooting Tools

Useful tools for assisting with the planning and deployment of Exchange Server 2010.


Microsoft provides downloadable help files for Exchange 2010 that are invaluable when out in the field, especially if you happen to be without internet access and need information fast.

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 Practical365.com.


  1. Pat Richard

    Thanks for the link to my prereq script. Just as an FYI, it installs the Filter Pack, so you don’t need to do that separately. A pending release will also install the PDF iFilter Pack as well.

  2. Matt

    Been looking forward to this one! Thanks.

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