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Installing the Exchange Management Console (EMC) on Your Desktop PC

You are managing an Exchange 2007/Exchange 2010 infrastructure and need to run the Exchange Management Console (EMC) from your PC instead of having to log into your Exchange server every time a change is needed.

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You need to install EMC on your desktop. This is how you can make that happen.

Note that you must be running Windows 7+ 64-bit or newer. Also, your logon user when using EMC needs to be in the Organizational Management and View-Only Organization Management security groups in the Microsoft Exchange Security Groups OU at the top of your forest.

In this example, we’ll be installing Exchange 2010 EMC on a Windows 2008 R2 server.

  1. Place the Exchange installation media on a network share, e.g., \mailserverExchangeMedia. The installation of EMC requires that the full installation media be available.
  2. On your PC, navigate to the Exchange shared folder and start SETUP.EXE.
  3. The Exchange Installation Wizard will start.
  4. Click on Step 3: Choose Exchange language option.
    1. Click on Install Only Languages from the DVD.
  5. Click o Step 4: Install Microsoft Exchange. The wizard will disappear and a copy of the installation files will occur. Depending on your network connection speed, this can take a bit to finish so be patient.
  6. The installation wizard will start, click Next.
  7. Accept the license agreement if you agree, and click Next.
  8. Enable Error Reporting and click Next.
  9. Click Custom Exchange Server Installation, select your installation path if needed, and enable “Automatically install Window Servers roles…”. Click Next.
  10. For the Server Role Selection, only choose Management Tools. Click Next.
  11. It’s not uncommon that the prerequisite check finds a missing patch or two. Follow the instructions as needed to prepare your PC. Once completed, click on Retry and then Install.
  12. The installation will proceed. As we are only installing EMC and not all of Exchange, this should proceed relatively fast.
  13. Once done click on Finish.
  14. You’ll return to the installation screen. Be sure to run the critical updates.
  15. Once completed, click Done. EMC is now available at Start->All Programs->Microsoft Exchange Server 2010->Exchange Management Console.

Always ensure you install any Exchange Service Packs on the PC running EMC! Otherwise EMC will not work. Here is an example error message you will get if you are running EMC at a lower Service Pack than what is being used on your Exchange Servers:

The World Wide Web Publishing Service (W3SVC) isn’t running on any Exchange servers in the site.  If you want to connect to Remote Powershell, this service must be running.  Make sure that the W3SVC is running on at least one Exchange server.



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