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  • setup /prepareschema, where to run it.

    Hello,

    I am installing Exchange 2007 SP3 in my lab environment.

    I thought I could run the "setup /prepareschema" command from the Exchange-to-be machine. An error appears and then I read this in an article:

    "...the installer will do all the AD preparation automatically. That does not mean that you cannot do it manually, in fact I’d suggest doing it manually on the Schema Master..."

    The error showing up in the Exchange server is sort of: "I cannot find Active Directory, and I cannot place this machine in any site."

    But as far as I know, sites only list the DCs , this is what made me think I should run "setup /prepareschema" from a DC.

    Thanks in advance.
    -
    Madrid (Spain).

  • #2
    Re: setup /prepareschema, where to run it.

    2007... so last decade....
    If you have the opportunity to set up 2010, go for it

    IIRC you have a choice of the exchange server (which must be domain joined) or the schema master FSMO holder - I always do AD upgrades on the correct DC

    Are you an enterprise and schema admin when you attempt it?
    Tom Jones
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    • #3
      Re: setup /prepareschema, where to run it.

      Thanks.

      Since I am learning Exchange (I worked with it but really without much knowledge) , so I want to install Exchange 2007 SP3 , then move it to Exchange 2010 in a mix environment, and then to demote the 2007 servers, and afterwards to install 2013.... all like this to study how migrations work also.

      I am the Domain Administrator and as such, I think I am schema admin and Enterprise admin too, because my forest consists only of one domain.

      Thanks!.
      -
      Madrid (Spain).

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      • #4
        Re: setup /prepareschema, where to run it.

        You only have to prepare the domain manually if

        a. You have more than one domain in the forest.
        b. You are operating a split permissions model and the person doing the Exchange install does not have the permissions to modify the schema.

        In all other cases just run setup.exe and let the installer get on with it.

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        • #5
          Re: setup /prepareschema, where to run it.

          Thanks Sembee.

          If you are an Exchange MVP, gee, that must be it.
          -
          Madrid (Spain).

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          • #6
            Re: setup /prepareschema, where to run it.

            Turns out that the Exchange server is not in the same site as the Schema master DC, so the setup stops and says:

            "You have to run setup /prepareAD in the Schema master or in a server that belongs to the site where the Schema master is located..." (somethinbg like this)

            Thanks!
            -
            Madrid (Spain).

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            • #7
              Re: setup /prepareschema, where to run it.

              OK, so run it on the Schema Master instead
              Tom Jones
              MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
              PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
              IT Trainer / Consultant
              Ossian Ltd
              Scotland

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              • #8
                Re: setup /prepareschema, where to run it.

                Thanks Ossian.

                That is what I did and it worked smoothly.

                Thanks all for your assistance!
                -
                Madrid (Spain).

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