Sunday, April 03, 2011

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 on Windows 2008 Server R2 post-installation gotchas: Exchange 2010 required Windows Features


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After successfully installing Exchange 2010, if you find your OWA page to be blank (but with a successful redirection URI, e.g: https://exch2010.tld/owa/logon/logon.aspx?blablabla) you may not  have all the dependencies installed. Install them using the steps below:

1. Installing dependencies using PowerShell. NOTE: This may reboot the server !!!

   1: Import-Module ServerManager
   2: Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework,RSAT-ADDS,Web-Server,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Metabase,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console,WAS-Process-Model,RSAT-Web-Server,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-Digest-Auth,Web-Dyn-Compression,NET-HTTP-Activation,RPC-Over-HTTP-Proxy -Restart

2. Installing dependencies using Server Manager:

    1. Open Windows Manager-Features-Add Features

    2. Add the RPC over HTTP Proxy feature; this will auto-install the other required dependencies as the PowerShell method above.

Retry the OWA login via your Web Browser.

NOTE: If the initial OWA login page can be displayed but a blank page is displayed ONLY after submitting the login, this could be due to the Microsoft Exchange Forms Based Authentication service not starting !!! Read here

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