Exchange 2013 requirements calculator – not yet but soon

Exchange Team Blog,placed entry with quite extensive information about requirements for Microsoft Exchange 2013 on the amount of space, CPU, RAM, and other information needed to plan the implementation of Exchange 2013 environment.

This information has been compiled from a number of implementation and testing of Exchange 2013. Nevertheless, it is still not an official Microsoft document setting out the requirements for Exchange 2013 on the issues of hardware, disk space and other.

This is official release of Exchange Team guidance.

All information came from internal deployments of Exchange 2013, as well as from customer feedback.

You will see further updates to our sizing and capacity planning guidance in two forms: changes to the numbers mentioned in this document, as well as further guidance on specific areas not covered here.

Exchange Team ask you to let them know if you find something what is missing in this “document” and should be.

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Exchange Server 2013 Deployment Assistant Updated

Exchange Team Blog anounced new update for Exchange Server 2013 Deployment Assistant

The following new scenarios were added to Exchange Server 2013 Deployment Assistant

  • Upgrading from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2013
  • Upgrading from Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2013
  • Configuring an Exchange 2013-based hybrid deployment for Exchange 2007 organizations





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Microsoft Exchange 2013 CU1 offline help files

With CU1 for Microsoft Exchange 2013,  Microsoft released offline help files for Exchange 2013 CU1.

Files are available as offline, so you can view them without any problems, without access to the Internet.
You can download the files from the website:

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Help





Files are divided into two distributions of Microsoft Exchange 2013:



Exchange 2013 CU1 released KB2816900

Today 04/02/2013 Microsoft released CU1 for Microsoft Exchange 2013

Cumulative Update 1 for Microsoft Exchange 2013 can be downloaded here:

Exchange 2013 CU1 Download



Description of Cumulative Update 1 for Exchange Server 2013

CU1 for Microsoft Exchange 2013 is the last step for Exchange 2013 and Exchange 2010 SP3 coexistence.


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Microsoft Exchange 2013 CU1 delayed

What we need for coexistence Microsoft Exchange 2013 and Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP3 ?

CU1 for Microsoft Exchange 2013.

As Microsoft announced before, it should be available in Q1 of 2013.

Unfortunalely CU1 for Microsoft Exchange 2013 is delayed and now as we can read at Exchange Team Blog, CU1 is currently planned for April 2nd.

As the Exchange Team Blog indicated, they need time to improve functionality coexistence with Microsoft Exchange 2010.

This is a little disappointing, that CU1 has problems with coexistence with Exchange 2010, because this should be main feature which we need.

So now when we see how “good” were latest Rollups for Microsoft Exchange 2010, maybe we should be fear CU1 and new features which it will bring.


Microsoft Exchange 2013 Deployment and Coexistence – video webcast IgnITe

Ignige Website, presents new webcast about Exchange 2013 deployment, and coexistence.

From webcast you can learn how to setup an Exchange Server 2013 on-premises deployment with coexistence amongst Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010. In addition to understanding how Exchange Server 2013 architectural changes enable more flexible network designs, we will discuss tips and best practices for a smooth transition to Exchange Server 2013.

Webcast takes about 50 minutes.

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Microsoft Exchange 2013 Deployment Assistant available

Microsoft Exchange 2013 Deployment Assistant is available now.

It’s web-based tool that will help you to deploy Microsoft Exchange 2013.

When you run this tool you can select below deployment type:

  • On-Premises
  • Hybrid
  • Cloud Only




By selecting the appropriate option you will be asked questions about the environment you want to create.

Based on your answers, this tool will provide you a customized checklist with instructions how to deploy and configure Exchange 2013

The Deployment Assistant for Exchange 2013 is supported on most major browsers and has a completely redesigned interface that’s no longer dependent on Silverlight technology

Tool is available here:

Microsoft Exchange 2013 Deployment Assistant


Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP3 (Service Pack 3) installation

Most of us will want to install Service Pack 3 for Microsoft Exchange 2010, mainly because it allows the coexistence with Microsoft Exchange 2013.

Unfortunately coexistence with Microsoft Exchange 2013 will be possible only after the release Cummulative Update 1 for Microsoft Exchange 2013 which is expected in the Q1 of 2013, but sooner or later it is worth to install SP3 for Microsoft Exchange 2010 to be prepared for the upcoming changes.

As usual, we should first install SP3 in test environment, not in production right away, because you never know what to expect when you install Service Pack 3.

Below we show the installation of SP3 for Microsoft Exchange 2010, on the server with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2.

What you need to know before installation of Service Pack 3 for Microsoft Exchange 2010:

  1. SP3 require Active Directory schema update
  2. Exchange 2010 SP3 is listed as including all security bug fixes up to SP2 UR5-v2. It actually includes all security and bug fixes up to SP2 UR6
  3. SP3 you can only install on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2, Microsoft Windows Server 2008R2 or Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  4. coexistence with Exchange 2013 will be possible after installation CU1 (Cummulative Update 1) for Exchange 2013


Servers Upgrade order:

Exchange servers should be upgraded in the following order:

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Exchange Server 2013 TechNet video

On TechNet websites you can find two new online videos about Microsoft Exchange Server 2013.

Both videos are about an hour long.

Watching these videos you can get familar with Exchange Server 2013.


Fist video: What´s new in Exchange 2013? explains what’s new in Microsoft Exchange 2013 like new architecture, HA, and features.



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