by lunarg on August 28th 2014, at 15:05

You can install the Exchange 2013 management tools on a standard workstation or on another server to remotely administer your Exchange 2013 servers. This is particular useful if you need to run Exchange Management Shell often, and don't want to log on to the Exchange-server in order to do so.


You need this:

  • A supported operating system, such as Windows 7, Windows 8, 2008R2, 2012, or 2012R2
  • The target computer must be domain-joined.
  • The following Windows Features:
    • IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility
    • IIS 6 Management Console
    • IIS Management Console
  • and obviously: the Exchange 2013 DVD or ISO

For Windows 7 and 2008R2, these are extra:

RSAT is available for servers through Windows Features. For workstations, you can download and install the complete RSAT through these links:


Either run Exchange 2013 Setup by double-clicking Setup.exe on the Exchange 2013 DVD (or mounted ISO) and continue through the various screens and prompts. When it's time to select which roles to install, be sure to only select Management Tools. Optionally, you can enable Automatically install Windows Server roles and features that are required to install Exchange Server to take care of prerequisites.

For unattended installation, or for those that like the CLI, you can quickly install the management tools by running Setup.exe from the command-line:

Setup.exe /Role:ManagementTools /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

Note that if UAC is enabled, you need to run this in an elevated command prompt. Also, you don't have the option to install prerequisites. Instead, you will get an error if any of them are missing, prompting you to install them first.

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