Starting off a series of posts dealing with Exchange 2007 setup, we wanted to talk about setup phases and what they do.
Setup BootStrap process
Setup.exe is a wrapper for additional executables and libraries. Setup.exe calls in to the boot strapper process which consists of a core set of software prerequisites including:
- Microsoft Management Console 3.0
- Microsoft Windows PowerShell
- Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
The start page (also sometimes internally referred to as the "Canopener"), presents links to the Exchange Server Deployment guide as well as links to the dependency applications needed to run Exchange Server 2007.
Setup will not proceed from this page until all dependency applications have been installed. When a component is installed correctly, the item will be "grayed" out, as shown below. Once all dependencies are installed the Exchange installation can proceed.
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