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Installation guide Exchange Server 2016

Exchange server management services

This guide is a Step by Step Guide to Install Exchange Server 2016. The installation considers a single server deployment of Exchange Server 2016 with the Mailbox role.

Exchange Server 2016 system requirements

Here are the list of check list to install Exchange server 2016 before you proceed further please go through this check list

Coexistence of Exchange 2016 with earlier versions of Exchange Server

Exchange versionExchange organization coexistence
Exchange 2007 and earlier versionsNot supported
Exchange 2010Supported with Update Rollup 11 for Exchange 2010 SP3 or later on all Exchange 2010 servers in the organization, including Edge Transport servers.
Exchange 2013Supported with Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 10 or later on all Exchange 2013 servers in the organization, including Edge Transport servers.
Mixed Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2013 organizationSupported with the following minimum versions of Exchange:

  • Update Rollup 11 Exchange 2010 SP3 or later on all Exchange 2010 servers in the organization, including Edge Transport servers.
  • Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 10 or later on all Exchange 2013 servers in the organization, including Edge Transport servers.

Supported hybrid deployment scenarios

Exchange 2016 supports hybrid deployments with Office 365 tenants that have been upgraded to the latest version of Office 365.

Network and Active directory servers

Domain controllersAll domain controllers in the forest need to be running one of the following:

  • Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard or Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter RTM or later
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter
Active Directory forestThe Active Directory forest functionality level needs to be at Windows Server 2008 or higher.
DNS namespace supportExchange 2016 supports the following domain name system (DNS) namespaces:

  • Contiguous
  • Noncontiguous
  • Single label domains
  • Disjoint

For more information about DNS namespaces supported by Exchange, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 2269838, Microsoft Exchange compatibility with Single Label Domains, Disjoined Namespaces, and Discontiguous Namespaces.

IPv6 supportIn Exchange 2016, IPv6 is supported only when IPv4 is also installed and enabled. If Exchange 2016 is deployed in this configuration, and the network supports IPv4 and IPv6, all Exchange servers can send data to and receive data from devices, servers, and clients that use IPv6 addresses. For more information, see IPv6 support in Exchange 2013.


  • x64 architecture-based computer with Intel processor that supports Intel 64 architecture (formerly known as Intel EM64T)
  • AMD processor that supports the AMD64 platform
  • Intel Itanium IA64 processors not supported
For more information, see Sizing Exchange 2016 Deployments.

See the “Operating system” section later in this topic for supported operating systems.

MemoryVaries depending on Exchange roles that are installed:

  • Mailbox   8GB minimum
  • Edge Transport   4GB minimum
For more information, see Sizing Exchange 2016 Deployments.
Paging file sizeThe page file size minimum and maximum must be set to physical RAM plus 10MB, to a maximum size of 32,778MB (32GB) if you’re using more than 32GB of RAM.None
Disk space
  • At least 30 GB on the drive on which you install Exchange
  • An additional 500 MB of available disk space for each Unified Messaging (UM) language pack that you plan to install
  • 200 MB of available disk space on the system drive
  • A hard disk that stores the message queue database on with at least 500 MB of free space.
For more information, see Sizing Exchange 2016 Deployments.
DriveDVD-ROM drive, local or network accessibleNone
Screen resolution1024 x 768 pixels or higherNone
File formatDisk partitions formatted as NTFS file systems, which applies to the following partitions:

  • System partition
  • Partitions that store Exchange binary files or files generated by Exchange diagnostic logging

Disk partitions containing the following types of files can be formatted as ReFS:

  • Partitions containing transaction log files
  • Partitions containing database files
  • Partitions containing content indexing files

Operating system

Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 and 2016

Mailbox and Edge Transport server roles
  • Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter*
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter
Management toolsOne of the following:

  • Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter*
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter
  • 64-bit edition of Windows 10
  • 64-bit edition of Windows 8.1

.NET Framework

Exchange version.NET Framework 4.6.2.NET Framework 4.6.1.NET Framework 4.5.2.NET Framework 4.5.1.NET Framework 4.5
Exchange 2016 CU4 or laterX1X4X4
Exchange 2016 CU3X1XX
Exchange 2016 CU2X2,3X
Exchange 2016 RTM or CU1X

Note: Strongly recommended latest .net frame work

Supported clients

  • Outlook 2016
  • Outlook 2013
  • Outlook 2010 with KB2965295
  • Outlook for Mac for Office 365
  • Outlook for Mac 2011

Software’s to download

Download Microsoft Exchange Server 2016

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 (Offline Installer)

Unified Communications Managed API 4.0 Runtime

Performing Pre requisites.

Note: Run all the pre requisites in the sequence

Install exchange Server Pre requests on the windows server (where you are installing exchange server)

Install Microsoft .NET framework 4.5.2 on the machine where Exchange 2016 is going to be installed. Download and install .net framework 4.5.2 and click Finish.

Wait till installation succeeded

Install Unified Communications Managed API 4.0 Runtime

Download from the below link given:


Install Remote Administration Tools on Windows

Install-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS

Prerequisites for Mailbox Server Role

Launch the Windows PowerShell (run as administrator). Run the following command to install the required Windows components. You must restart after the server to complete the installation process.

Install-WindowsFeature AS-HTTP-Activation, Desktop-Experience, NET-Framework-45-Features, RPC-over-HTTP-proxy, RSAT-Clustering, RSAT-Clustering-CmdInterface, RSAT-Clustering-Mgmt, RSAT-Clustering-PowerShell, Web-Mgmt-Console, WAS-Process-Model, Web-Asp-Net45, Web-Basic-Auth, Web-Client-Auth, Web-Digest-Auth, Web-Dir-Browsing, Web-Dyn-Compression, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Http-Redirect, Web-Http-Tracing, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Filter, Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console, Web-Metabase, Web-Mgmt-Console, Web-Mgmt-Service, Web-Net-Ext45, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Server, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-Static-Content, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-WMI, Windows-Identity-Foundation

Extend the Active Directory schema

Before you install Microsoft Exchange Server 2016, you need to extend the active directory schema and prepare your Active Directory forest and its domains. Mount the Exchange Server 2016 installation Media. Launch Command Prompt (run as administrator) and navigate to path where setup files are present. Once you successfully enter the below command, the prerequisite analysis and extending AD schema steps should shows the status as Completed.

Once again Download link for MS exchange 2016 is here

Download Microsoft Exchange Server 2016

Prepare schema

Setup.exe /PrepareSchema /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

Prepare Active Directory

Next step is to prepare the Active Directory. In the same command prompt that you launched, run the below command by replacing organization name with a name.


Setup.exe /PrepareAD /OrganizationName:”<organization name>” /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

Note: In the above command “<organisation should be replace with your actual organisation name

Example : Setup.exe /PrepareAD /OrganizationName:MDHEX2016 /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

Install Windows component RSAT-Clustering-CmdInterface

Install-WindowsFeature RSAT-Clustering-CmdInterface

You have now prepared your server to install Exchange Server 2016.

Installing Exchange Server 2016

The Introduction page begins the process of installing Exchange into your organization. Click Next to continue.

On the License Agreement page, review the software license terms. If you agree to the terms, select I accept the terms in the license agreement, and then click next.

On the Recommended settings page, select whether you want to use the recommended settings. If you select Use recommended settings, Exchange will automatically send error reports and information about your computer hardware and how you use Exchange to Microsoft. If you select don’t use recommended settings, these settings remain disabled but you can enable them at any time after Setup completes. Click Next.

On the Server Role Selection page, choose whether you want to install the Mailbox role or just the Management Tools on this computer. The management tools are installed automatically if you install the Mailbox server role. Select automatically install Windows Server roles and features that are required to install Exchange Server to have the Setup wizard install required Windows prerequisites. You may need to reboot the computer to complete the installation of some Windows features. If you don’t select this option, you need to install the Windows features manually. Click Next.

In my case i am choosing Mailbox Role and Management tools as it is single exchange server in my organisation

Select the installation path and click next

If you’re installing the Mailbox role, on the Malware Protection Settings page, choose whether you want to enable or disable malware scanning. If you disable malware scanning, it can be enabled in the future. Click Next to continue.

On the Readiness Checks page, if all readiness checks have completed successfully, click Install to install Exchange 2016.

Readiness check show some errors and advise .It is recommended to download all the patches from the readiness check window. However I am skipping this and will install later.

Links to download the required softer




Exchange Server 2016

Once the setup is complete, click Finish. Restart the computer after Exchange 2016 has completed.

Let’s now open Exchange Admin Center. Open the web browser and type the below https://Exchange Server FQDN/ECP. This link should show up the Exchange Admin Center. Enter the username and password and click sign in.

Select your time zone and save

You are now ready to explore the options available in Exchange admin center.

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