Thursday, October 2, 2014

How to Checkout Windows 10 Technical Preview on WMware Workstation

Windows 10 Technical Preview has been released for evaluation and feedback You can download the technical preview edition from

If you want to check out Windows 10 for your company you can download it from

Sign-in to windows Insider program and download your copy of Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Read Carefully

We are going to test this technical preview on WMware Workstation.

Start Vmware Workstation and File --> New Virtual Machine

Select Typical and click Next

Select installer disc image file (iso): and browse your Windows 10 Technical preview ISO file. Wmware will not understand the operating system and its the technical preview. Click Next.

Select Microsoft Windows and in version menu selece Windows 8 x64. Click Next

Set your virtual machine name and location. Click Next

Specify disk capacity to 80 GB and Select Split virtual disc into multiple files. Click Next

Click finish.

Open VM settings and set the memory to 3GB and Network Adapter to Bridged mode.

Start your virtual machine and you will have the first screen. Click Next to start the installation.

Click Install now.

Setup will start.

Accept License Terms and Click Next.

Select Custom "Install windows only (Advanced)"

Select the destination drive. Click Next.

Setup will start copying files.

Windows will restart

After Restart you will see windows is getting ready.

Click Use Express settings

Create a local Account and Sign-in with your Microsoft Account. And you will have following

Your Windows 10 Technical preview is up now. Install VMware tools.

Restart the PC after WMware tools installed. Now You can use Internet on Windows 10 Technical preview.

You can see Windows Start menu is back :)

Moreover you can visit How to Use Windows Technical Preview to play and feedback :)


Saturday, September 27, 2014

How To Install Exchange Server 2013 On Windows Server 2012 R2

Installing Exchange Server 2013 on Domain controller is not recommended. According to Microsoft We may face following issues
  • Configuring Exchange 2013 for Active Directory split permissions isn’t supported.
  • The Exchange Trusted Subsystem universal security group (USG) is added to the Domain Admins group when Exchange is installed on a domain controller. When this occurs, all Exchange servers in the domain are granted domain administrator rights in that domain.
  • Exchange Server and Active Directory are both resource-intensive applications. There are performance implications to be considered when both are running on the same computer.
  • You must make sure that the domain controller Exchange 2013 is installed on is a global catalog server.
  • Exchange services may not start correctly when the domain controller is also a global catalog server.
  • System shutdown will take considerably longer if Exchange services aren’t stopped before shutting down or restarting the server.
  • Demoting a domain controller to a member server isn’t supported.
  • Running Exchange 2013 on a clustered node that is also an Active Directory domain controller isn’t supported.
Microsoft recommend that you install Exchange 2013 on a member server.
In previous post we installed Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller. We need one more server for Exchange server. 
Fist of all we will assign IP Address to the new server and then join the Domain (Mydomain) We created in Previous post.

Our Domain Controller IP address is We will assign to Exchange server machine. Set The DNS server to Domain Controller IP as following.

Now open Exchange Server "This PC" Properties and click on Change Settings and click Change and in Member of sections select domain and type your domain name "mydomain" .

Press enter and this will ask you for an account with the permission to join the domain. Enter Domain Administrator credentials and click ok. The system will ask for restart to apply changes. Restart the system.

After restart sign-in with domain administrator account on MyEX2013 machine. 

you can see Server properties the FQDN name of the system will be "MyEX2013.mydomain.local" 

Next step is to prepare the server for Microsoft Exchange server 2013 Installation. We need to install following roles and features by using Windows PowerShell

Install-WindowsFeature AS-HTTP-Activation, Desktop-Experience, NET-Framework-45-Features, RPC-over-HTTP-proxy, RSAT-Clustering, RSAT-Clustering-CmdInterface, RSAT-Clustering-Mgmt, RSAT-Clustering-PowerShell, Web-Mgmt-Console, WAS-Process-Model, Web-Asp-Net45, Web-Basic-Auth, Web-Client-Auth, Web-Digest-Auth, Web-Dir-Browsing, Web-Dyn-Compression, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Http-Redirect, Web-Http-Tracing, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Filter, Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console, Web-Metabase, Web-Mgmt-Console, Web-Mgmt-Service, Web-Net-Ext45, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Server, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-Static-Content, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-WMI, Windows-Identity-Foundation, Telnet-Client, RSAT-ADDS

After running above commands the result will be the same as below.

Restart the computer and sign-in again with domain Administrator account.  

Now we are ready to go with Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Setup.

Open Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 right click Setup.exe and click Run as Administrator

On Next screen click "Don't check for updates right now" and click Next.

Setup will start copying files.

On Introduction page click next.

On License Agreement Page select "I accept the terms in the license agreement" and click Next.

On Recommended Settings Page select "Use recommended settings" and click Next.

On Server Role Selection Page Select your desired Server Roles. We will select both "Mailbox role" and "Client Access role" and leave selected "Automatically install Windows Server role and features that are required to install Exchange Server"  and click Next.

On Installation Space and Location page Select on which drive you want to install Exchange server or leave it default and click Next.

On Exchange Organization page Specify the name of your Exchange Organization and click Next. 

On Malware Protection settings page leave it enabled and click Next. 

On Next page Setup will configure the prerequisites. If everything is OK then click Install. 

Next page will show the Setup Progress.

After a while setup will be completed.

Restart your Server and you are now ready to test our Exchange Server 2013 on Windows Server 2012 R2
There is no Exchange Management Console feature in Exchange 2013, We can access the Exchange Administration Center on URL "https://FQDN-Server-Name/ecp"
Log-in with Administrator account and you are ready to configure your Exchange Server or you can use Powershell too.

Set your Language and Time Zone and click save.

On the next page you will see all the options to configure your Exchange Server 2013

Congratulations :)