Exchange 2007 Installation on Windows Server 2012 with Windows 2008 Domain controller

Hi All,

I have a windows 2008 Domain controller. I have configured Windows 2012 as additonal domain controller and i have another windows 2012 server on which i tried installing Exchange 2007 SP1 all the pre-requisites passed but fails when installing Mailbox role with "Access Denied"

Please suggest what are the steps to be followed.

January 26th, 2013 11:27pm


Exchange 2007 is not supported on Windows Server 2012. Exchange 2007 SP3 is supported on Windows 2008 R2, and that's currently the highest OS platform it's supported on. If you're planning on installing Exchagne 2007, download SP3 and install directly from that media on Windows 2003, 2008 or 2008 R2.

Additionally, it's not recommended to install Exchange on a Domain Controller.


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January 27th, 2013 2:30am

Thanks Steve,

I reinstalled the Server with WIN 2008 ENT and started exchnage 2007 SP1 installation. All the pre-requisites passed and i wanted to install SCC copy with Active Cluster Mailbox role on one Mailbox server and passive mode on the other. Passive Node completed successfully but Clustered Mailbox Role failed with error "DNS Replication has to complete" i did nslookup on the cluster name and it was resolving later in used Windows Powershell and used the command to install " /newcms" specified the database path and it completed. Later when i logged into EMC i was able to create a new Storage Group and new Database and i found it was in CCR Mode but i wanted it in SCC Mode. Its fine if CCR copy status is fine but CCR copy status is showing failed. 

I also wanted to update about my environment

1. Domain Controller 2 Physical Servers (both on Win 2008 one PDC & one ADC) & 2 Virtual Servers (both Additional DC on WIN 2012)

2. EXCHNAGE Server 2 MAILBOX Servers on physical (old Servers on win 2008 which needs to be migrated to virtual)

3. One HUB/CAS Server Physical which needs to be migrated to Virtual

4. NEW Mailbox Servers MB001 & MB002 and i have done RDM from storage to MB001 in Virtual Mode in VMware ESXi 5.1 and also set SCSI Controller to Physical mode and then shared the disks to MB002 by selecting "Use existing Virtual Disks in VM settings"

Please advise

January 28th, 2013 12:16am

If you did not specify more command line options than the above, then that is why you have a CCR as opposed to SCC installation. You will have to remove the CMS, then assuming the base install etc is OK can install a SCC CMS. These are my preferred steps I'm assuming that the shared disk etc is correctly configured.
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January 30th, 2013 2:15am

Hmm,  bit of a pasting barf.  Adding the link again.

January 30th, 2013 2:16am

Thank You Rhoderick....

I am visitng the customer place on Sunday i will follow the steps in your link and will update you on the status...

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January 30th, 2013 11:38pm

If you get half a chance, read the rest of Tims blog. it is well worth it!
January 31st, 2013 12:33am


I tried it and i am getting the below error when i try to install

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

C:\Users\administrator.ACOGOV>cluster group
Listing status for all available resource groups:

Group                Node            Status
-------------------- --------------- ------
Cluster Group        OCFAMB002       Online
Available Storage    OCFAMB002       Online


D:\> /m:install /roles:mailbox /newcms /cmsname:OCFAMAIL /cmsipaddress: /cmssharedstorage /cmsdatapath:M:\MailBox\

Welcome to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unattended Setup

Preparing Exchange Setup

The following server roles will be installed
    Management Tools
    Mailbox Role
    Clustered Mailbox Server

Performing Microsoft Exchange Server Prerequisite Check

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

Configuring Microsoft Exchange Server

    Copying Exchange files           ......................... COMPLETED
    Exchange Management Tools        ......................... COMPLETED
    Mailbox Server Role              ......................... FAILED
     An error occurred. The error code was 3221684229. The message was Access is

The Exchange Server Setup operation did not complete. For more information, visi
t and enter the Error ID.

Exchange Server setup encountered an error.


I am trying to install a as administrator but still giving the same error.

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March 3rd, 2013 2:27pm

For anyone else out there that may need to do this in the future - I have managed to successfully install Exch2007 SP3 on a Windows 2012 box.

For my environment, I needed to have a temp/trial version of Exchange to use as a sling to move PST file content to another mail server platform.  That other platform offered an import tool from Exch2007.  I wasn't necessarily trying to do so - but ended up doing the following:

1.  Install Exchange 2010

2.  Remove Exchange 2010 (Discovered that the other mail migration tool was not compatible with Exch2010)

3.  Install Exchange 2007 SP3

All Roles seemed to install fine - including the Mailbox Server role.  

Hope this helps someone else!


December 4th, 2013 5:14pm

That's a interesting lab exercise Adam, but Exchange 2007 is not supported on Windows Server 2012

For folks hitting this via a search engine Exchange 2007 must not be installed on Windows 2012. 

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December 4th, 2013 5:32pm

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