exchange 2010 under windows 2008 r2

there is something about exchange… or at least exchange >2003.

in 2008 i did my best to install exchange 2007 under windows 2008. and i failed miserably. i gave up and went for ex2003 under w2003 which serves very well.

recently i tried to get ex2010 work under w2008r2. and i even succeeded after numerous failures..

some random notes:

Dns delegation entries:
d0k IN A 10.14.10.111
d1k IN A 10.12.10.111
k IN NS d0k.domain.eu.
k IN NS d1k.domain.eu.

domain is called k.domain.eu

actual domain controllers are called d0.k.domain.eu and d1.k.domain.eu

i set up new active directory domain k.mbnd.eu following description from here.

After AD setup i reconfigured dns servers on both domain controllers and removed forwarders. i set both name servers to use only 127.0.0.1 as dns resolver.

to install exchange, following tips from here i have opened as admin powershell and pasted:

Import-Module ServerManager
Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework,RSAT-ADDS,Web-Server,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Metabase,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console,WAS-Process-Model,RSAT-Web-Server,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-Digest-Auth,Web-Dyn-Compression,NET-HTTP-Activation,RPC-Over-HTTP-Proxy -R

after the reboot again in admin’s powershell

Set-Service NetTcpPortSharing -StartupType Automatic

i installed this patch from microsoft.

i forced replication between domain controllers by going to server management, roles, active directory, active directory sites and services, site, default first site name, dc0, ntds and right clicking on available item.

from admin’s powershell on exchange cd:

Setup.com /prepareAD /OrganizationName:org
setup

and at the end i discovered that since ex2007 you use separate console to create mail accounts. stupid me.

while taking and restoring snapshots in esxi i run into a problem “Active Directory Domain Services database has been restored using an unsupported restoration procedure.” in events log. i found via google here a solution:

on the computer where you get the problem
-Open Regedit
-Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NTDS\Parameters
-Locate the key Dsa Not Writable=dword:00000004
-Delete the entire key
-in admin’s powershell

repadmin /options nameOfTheProblematicServer -DISABLE_OUTBOUND_REPL
repadmin /options nameOfTheProblematicServer -DISABLE_INBOUND_REPL

-Reboot.
-in server management, roles, active directory, active directory sites and services, site, default first site name, dc0, ntds, right click, replicate configuration from the selected dc.

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