Installing Exchange 2007 SP1 on Windows Server 2008

September 2, 2008

in 2007, Exchange, Microsoft

LAST UDPATED: 06/10/2009 – Windows 2008 cluster deadlock issue

This is post is my attempt to bring all the materials of importance I could find about installing Exchange 2007 SP1 onto a Windows 2008 platform into one location.  This post will be updated from time to time as new resources are made available.

Recommended Links:

Known Issues:

Server Software:


  • Trial download of Exchange 2007 SP1 available here.  The trial software is only available is 32-bit.


  • You will need to download a licensed copy of Exchange 2007 SP1 (Std or Ent) 64-bit.



  • Install the Exchange pre-requisites according to the guidelines here.  This can be done autmatically with these handy XML files found here.
  • For a new Install simply launch the Setup and perform the install in the same manner as you would with Windows Server 2003.
  • If you are going to migrate your Exchange 2007 services from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 you’ll want to take a read this.  There are some extra steps that you will need to undertake to ensure all the necessary services are migrated over correctly.


  • Hub Transport Server Role fails when IPv6 is disabled on that server – FIXED
    If either of these 2 bullets occur, you need to fully disable IPv6 and not just uncheck it.

    • If IPv6 is disabled prior to the installation of Exchange Server 2007, when installing the Hub Transport Server role, your Hub Transport Server role will fail to install
    • If IPv6 is disabled after the installation of Exchange Server 2007, you may experience some Exchange services failing to start
  • Outlook Anywhere connectivity fails:  This issue has been addressed with Update Rollup 4 for Exchange 2007 SP1.  For reference you can read more about this problem here, and here.   For steps on disabling IP6 for Exchange 2007 SP1 on Windows Server 2008 go here.
  • (FIXED) Adjust IIS7 authentication to stop endless logon prompts when using Outlook Anywhere with NTLM.  Full details on this issue can be found here.

Note: This will be automatically set for you with Update Rollup 8 for Exchange 2007 SP1. If you prefer to specifiy the command manually or you just want to know what’s going on you can read more about it here.

That’s about it for now.  I’ll update this post from time to time as new information comes available.

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zac December 20, 2008 at 10:17 pm

This post helped me a lot. I had unchecked ipv6, and that caused exchange to not install correctly. Thank you for the write up.

Issac October 13, 2010 at 7:46 am

me too, I unchecked ipv6. so thank!