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Installing Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Hosting in a multi-tenant organization

Hi folks,

Exchange Server 2010 brought a lot of new features and one of them is the capability to install the product in hosting mode. In this post I will show how to install it, actually it's a single line to get the work done.

I'm writing an article series about the entire process, installation, management and so forth and it will be published soon at A few points that you need to cover before installing Exchange in Hosting mode, as follows:

  • Service Pack 1 is a must
  • The installation process is only by using command-line
  • You cannot have a hosting organization and a regular organization on the same Active Directory
  • Exchange Management Console won't be installed

In order to install we are going to take advantage of a new switch of SP1 which is /InstallWindowsComponents that will installl all windows components automatically.

setup /roles:m,h,c /InstallWindowsComponents /Hosting /OrganizationName:<NameofYourHostingOrg>

The command in action can be seen in the figure below.

After installing Exchange Server 2010 SP1 in hosting mode, you will see the Exchange Management Shell and the next steps will be the creation of plans, and start creating tenant organizations.

Anderson Patricio
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David Lesser said:

Thanks for the little guide on setting up Exchange Multi-tenant. I am installing my first multi-tenant and I missed reading about he new switch. Thanks again.

# October 5, 2010 5:43 PM

Vasilis said:

Hello, we have dotnetpanel with Exchange Server 2007 Sp3.

We would like to go to Exchange Server 2010 Sp1. Is it true that we have to create a new forest domain to install Exchange Server 2010 Sp1 with the hosting switch??

How do we make to move the mailboxes to the new exchange?

Thanks in advance

# November 4, 2010 4:27 PM
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