Exchange 2013 Prerequisite Script Update (v1.8)

While Exchange 2013 is about 3 years old now, I still try to refresh my Prerequisite script every now and then. With this latest verison, I have added two Power Management related items. One is to turn off the Power Management on the Exchange Server’s NICs and the other option is to change the Power Plan from Balanced to High Performance. These are based off of Microsoft recommendations over the past months or years. Here is what the new menu looks like for the script on a Windows 2012 (R2) server (new options in red rectangle):

NewMenu-1.8
For a Windows 2008 R2 server, you will see this new menu (new options in red rectangle):

2008-MenuChanges

Power Plans

By default, the power plan for Windows 2012 (R2) and Windows 2008 R2 servers is Balanced. This can be verified in the GUI:

PowerDefault-GUI
Windows 2008 R2:

2008-DefaultPowerPlan
And with PowerShell (2012 (R2)):

PowerDefault-PS
Windows 2008 R2 PowerShell
2008-PS-PowerPlan
For an Exchange Server, Microsoft recommends that these options be changed to High Performance. I would question why a server would ever be in a Balanced mode. Servers are intended to serve multiple clients which requires more resources and less (if any) downtime. I would think that a ‘Balanced’ Power Option would be opposite to what a servers purpose is, which is fast service to data or programs or some other function. So use Option 30 of the PreReq script to make this change.

PowerPlan-Set
Running option 30 again shows the change has been made:

PowerPlan-Check

NIC Power Management

Another recommendation from Microsoft was to remove Power Management from the NICs on an Exchange Server. I added this option to my new Exchange Server 2016 Prerequisite Script. I have now added the same configuration options for Exchange 2013 with this new version 1.8 script. Your server may be configured as follows for NIC PowerManagement:

2012 (R2):
2012-NICPowerMgmt
2008 R2:
2008-NICPowerMgmt
The script will clear the values. When running the script, choose Option 31 for either Windows 2008 R2 or 2012 (R2):

ChangeNICPower
When option ’31’ is run again, it shows that the setting is disabled.

ChangeNICPower-Check
If we check the NIC again, we will see something like this in 2012 (R2):

2012-NIC-Clear
And in Windows 2008 R2:
2008-NIC-Clear

Download Version 1.8 now
I have uploaded the update script to the TechNet Gallery, which can be found here:

TechNetGallery

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