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Post Installation Tasks

Verify Setup and Installation

Now that everything has installed, it is a good time to review the setup log and information related to the newly installed servers and roles.

  1. To view the setup log, open C:\ExchangeSetupLogs\ExchangeSetup.log

  2. To verify information to the Server Roles and features, Open the Exchange Management Shell(you may need to search for it) and use the Get-ExchangeServer cmdlet to get information about the installed roles.

    Get-ExchangeServer | FT Name,ServerRole -auto

Exchange Admin Center

The Exchange Admin Center(EAC) is the GUI hub for managing Exchange Server. It has many functions and capabilities. Knowing how to use it , along with the Exchange Command-line interface is crucial.

Exchange Admin Center is can only be accessed through a web interface. You were given the option to log into the EAC when the initial configuration of Exchange 2013 was completed.

You can access the EAC by opening the web browser and going to:


In our case we will got to:


From the EAC, Login as the Administrator

Choose the Language and time zone:

Now that you have access to Exchange Admin Center it is time to complete the final configuration tasks that will make Exchange Server function.

Complete Configuration Tasks

There are a few final configuration tasks that need to be completed via the Exchange Management Console. These Tasks include:

Setting the Offline Address Book

The Offline Address Book(OAB) is used by Outlook when running in cached mode, it contains a copy of the global address book. The following steps associate the default OAB with the mailbox database:

  1. From the Features Pane(Left Hand side column), Select Servers, then the Databases Tab(Middle Section) and choose the default Mailbox Database, the click the edit button (pencil icon).

  2. From the Mailbox Database properties, Choose client settings and brows for the Offline address book. Choose the default and Save

The Offline address book is now set.

Enabling External Mail Flow

Enabling the external Mail flow will allow you to send and receive mail. The Send Connector is an object that holds configuration information on how exchange servers can send mail. No send connectors set up by default, they need to be manually configured from the administrator EAC.

  1. From the Features panel choose Mail Flow then choose the Send Connector Tab. Add a new Send Connector with the "+".

  2. Give the connection a name, sich as "Default internet".

  3. Choose the Send Connector type as "default Internet 1 ". This instructs exchange to setup a connection to send email to the internet. Click next.

  4. Next we tell Exchange how to route mail, we will accept the default value "MX record associated with the recipient.

  5. Next, we specify the address space that the connector will route mail for. Add a new domain with the "+":

  6. Add the name space we enter "*" as the FQDN and click save.

    This basically tells the send connector to route email for the entire domain

  7. Next, Specify the source server. by adding a new entry and selecting the exchange server entry

Testing the Outlook Web app

You can now also test Outlook Web App(OWA), the web-based email client for Exchange Server 2013
  1. Open a web browser and type https://servername/owa .

  2. Because no 3rd party certificate has been setup, you will receive a server warning, click Continue To This Website (Not Recommended) at the certificate prompt.

  3. Enter the domain and username for a user that was mailbox-enabled , and enter a password. Click OK.

  4. Set your language and time zone, and click OK.

You are now logged into Outlook Web App, and you can test mailbox and ECP functionality.

features that require a certificate will yield a certificate prompt first . In all cases, you can click Continue To This Website (Not Recommended) to continue testing.

Configuring Recipients

There are various types of recipients in Exchange Server 2013, including mailboxes, distribution groups, and contacts. Mailbox-enabled users are Active Directory accounts that have a mailbox located in Exchange. These steps will create a mailbox-enabled user from the EAC:
  1. In the features pane, select Recipients, choose the Mailboxes tab, and Click the "+" icon to create a new mailbox.

  2. Provide the new mailbox with an alias.

  3. Select Existing user and choose the Active directory user that already exists. The user information , including account name and password will be imported from AD -

  4. Alternatively , a New User can be created: fill in the account name details.Provide the User Logon Name and select the appropriate UPN suffix which is typically the same as the primary SMTP domain. Type in the password and password confirmation. Click Save.

The newly generated user can now log in to OWA by going to https://lab.local/owa

Configuring a Postmaster Address

The postmaster address is needed for the sending of non-delivery reports (NDRs) and other related messages to recipients outside the Exchange organization Configuring the Postmaster environment requires two steps.

  1. Create a new mailbox for the postmaster (or you may assign the address to an existing mailbox, such as Administrator).

  2. Next, use the Exchange Management Shell to set the external postmaster address in Exchange.

    • Open the Exchange Management Shell and use the Set-TransportConfig cmdlet and the –ExternalPostmasterAddress parameter, using the following format:

      Set-TransportConfig -ExternalPostmasterAddress ExternalPostmasterSMTPAddress

      for our lab environment it will be

      Set-TransportConfig -ExternalPostmasterAddress postmaster@quickstart.local