A follow-up to last post, which was about building a lab with Exchange 2007 on Windows Server 2003 using a PowerShell script. This post is about building the same lab using Exchange Server 2007 SP1 on Windows Server 2008. I just got a new server and started playing with 64-bit Windows Server 2008 guests in Hyper-V, and that gave me the tools I needed to build the new lab.
This lab is exactly the same lab (from the Exchange viewpoint) as the one referenced in my earlier post. Same servers, same IP addresses, same naming convention, etc. For a refresher on those, please see my previous post. I did change the lab domain name to contoso.com. Not that it affects anything in the lab - make your domain anything you want it to be.
On Windows Server 2008, I found that the pre-Exchange setup steps were much simpler than on Windows Server 2003. Of course, there are some steps that are exactly the same, but much of the installation of pre-requisites (IIS, ADAM, failover clustering, etc.) is handled by the script.
Also, there are some significant differences in the scripts and some slight changes in the CSV files, so a careful comparison of the Windows Server 2003-based script and CSV files could be helpful.