Installing Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Hosting in a multi-tenant organization

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Hi folks,

Exchange Server 2010 brought a lot of new features and one of them is the capability to install the product in hosting mode. In this post I will show how to install it, actually it’s a single line to get the work done.

I’m writing an article series about the entire process, installation, management and so forth and it will be published soon at A few points that you need to cover before installing Exchange in Hosting mode, as follows:

  • Service Pack 1 is a must
  • The installation process is only by using command-line
  • You cannot have a hosting organization and a regular organization on the same Active Directory
  • Exchange Management Console won’t be installed

In order to install we are going to take advantage of a new switch of SP1 which is /InstallWindowsComponents that will installl all windows components automatically.

setup /roles:m,h,c /InstallWindowsComponents /Hosting /OrganizationName:<NameofYourHostingOrg>

The command in action can be seen in the figure below.

After installing Exchange Server 2010 SP1 in hosting mode, you will see the Exchange Management Shell and the next steps will be the creation of plans, and start creating tenant organizations.


Anderson Patricio

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Written by Anderson Patricio

Anderson Patricio

Anderson Patricio is a Canadian MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management, and Office Server and Services, besides the Microsoft Award he also holds a Solutions Master (MCSM) in Exchange and several other certifications. Anderson has been contributing to the Microsoft Community with articles, tutorials, blog posts, twitter, forums and book reviews. He is a regular contributor here at,, and Anderson (Portuguese).