* Exchange 2010 tech overview slide download (6M)

* UPDATE: Exchange 2010 SP1 typical installation on a single Windows Server 2008 R2 Std SP1 domain controller

The prerequisites can be installed using the followings PowerShell commands

Import-Module ServerManager

Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework,RSAT-ADDS,Web-Server,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Metabase,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console,WAS-Process-Model,RSAT-Web-Server,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-Digest-Auth,Web-Dyn-Compression,NET-HTTP-Activation,RPC-Over-HTTP-Proxy -Restart

Then install Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=191548

Outlook 2010 60-day evaluation can be downloaded from here (and can be used 30 day without having to activate)

Typical deployment steps (in PowerPoint format) can be downloaded here (8 MB).

* Exchange 2010 RTM typical installation on a single Windows Server 2008 R2 Std domain controller:

NOTE: If you use the WS08R2 Server Manager GUI to install IIS and W3SVC... you may still receive errors saying that the metabase database cannot be accessed. The solution is to use PowerShell scripts to install those prerequisites as described in http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb691354(EXCHG.140).aspx

Summary of the steps:

- Download and install Office 2007 System Converter: Microsoft Filter Pack from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=60C92A37-719C-4077-B5C6-CAC34F4227CC&displaylang=en

- Right click Start/Accessories/Windows PowerShell/PowerShell, Run As Admin, and execute 3 following commands:
+ Import-Module ServerManager
+ Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework,RSAT-ADDS,Web-Server,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Metabase,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console,WAS-Process-Model,RSAT-Web-Server,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-Digest-Auth,Web-Dyn-Compression,NET-HTTP-Activation,RPC-Over-HTTP-Proxy -Restart
+ Set-Service NetTcpPortSharing -StartupType Automatic


and then you can run setup. It took me 20min on my laptop.

Keep in mind that "setup /prepareAD" will be performed automatically and then no Exchange 2007 can be added.

 * Exchange 2010 Editions and Product Keys (source: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb232170.aspx)

Enterprise Edition can scale to 100 databases per server; Standard Edition is limited to 5 databases per server. These are licensing editions that are defined by a product key. When you enter a valid license product key, the supported edition for the server is established.

Product keys can be used for the same edition key swaps and upgrades only; they can't be used for downgrades. You can use a valid product key to move from the evaluation version (Trial Edition) of Exchange Server 2010 to either Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition. You can also use a valid product key to move from Standard Edition to Enterprise Edition