This blog will walk you through the steps of a typical Exchange Server 2010 Installation. Be sure to follow the instructions in my Installation of Exchange Server 2010 Prerequisites blog.
By having completed the steps in that previous blog article, you can jump right into Step 3:
Select the appropriate option. In the example below, I chose “Install only languages from the DVD”:
Click on the link for Step 4:
Accept the license and select “Next”:
Select the appropriate option. I chose “No” in the example below:
Since this is an SMB customer, I’m choosing to perform a “Typical Exchange Server Installation”. The installation defaults to the “C” drive. I recommend having the operating system on the “C” drive and the installation of Exchange on a data drive. I chose “D” in the example shown below. If you want to keep the default path which I did, you’ll have to manually build it since the installer doesn’t give you the option to just change the drive letter.
Select the appropriate option. I chose “No” in the example below. If you do have Outlook 2003 clients in your environment, I recommend upgrading them before installing Exchange 2010 if at all possible.
If you are performing a typical installation, this will more than likely be an Internet facing server.
Once again, choose the appropriate option and click next:
The install will begin performing readiness checks to make sure you’ve installed all of the prerequisites:
If you receive an error at this point, you probably did not install all of the prerequisites.
The installation should complete in roughly 15 minutes or less from this point forward.