This weekend I decided to install Exchange 2013 in the lab. A number of things I am working on in the Lab require email capabilities and I wanted to see what the new version has to offer.
I installed a new VM with Windows Server 2012, joined it to the domain, ran the installer then I came across this error:
The Active Directory schema isn’t up-to-date, and this user account isn’t a member of the ‘Schema Admins’ and/or ‘Enterprise Admins’ groups.
For more information, visit: http://technet.microsoft.com/library(EXCHG.150)/ms.exch.setupreadiness.SchemaUpdateRequired.aspx
Now this error didn’t make a lot of sense to me as I knew I was a member of the ‘Schema Admins’ & Enterprise Admins’ Groups, but the installer kept repeating the same error. I tried to install under the default Enterprise Admin account and running setup.exe /preparead, but nothing worked. This was the first Exchange server in a new domain so I assumed it didn’t like the fact the domain wasn’t prepared.
For a work around I installed just the management tools first. This ran the setup.exe /preparead properly.
Next I went to AD and added my user to the ‘Organisation Management’ group.
Now I went back to my server and ran the installer again selecting both ‘Client Access’ & ‘Mailbox’ roles. I no longer got the ‘Schema Admins’ error.
I don’t know about you, but that seemed a pain for such a simple task? I thought installing Exchange was supposed to be getting easier?