How to install Exchange Server 2016 – Step by Step Deploying Guide
Exchange 2016 Installation requirements:
- The minimum forest functional level for exchange 2016 is Windows Server 2008.
- Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2 is required for Exchange 2016 installation.
Exchange 2016 can’t be installed on Windows 2012 core or essentials edition.
Download the Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 Preview from here
Active Directory preparation before starting Exchange 2016 installation
To prepare the machine for Active Directory, we need follow the below steps. Make sure you are running command prompt in admin mode.
Now install Remote Tools Administration Pack using windows Power shell
Open Windows PowerShell.
Now Remote Tools Administration Pack is installed successfully.
Now install all other components using the following command.
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
Reboot server after installing the roles (components).
To install Exchange 2016 on a Windows Server 2012 R2, we need to follow certain prequisites depends on which Exchange role we want to install.
Prerequisite settings for Edge Transport Server Role
The following section instructs the prerequisite installation that should be performed in a server running a standalone Exchange 2016 server with the Mailbox Server Role.
- Open a Windows PowerShell at Start > All Programs > Accessories > Windows PowerShell.
- Run the command to install the required Windows components. “
- After installing the features, Download and Install Microsoft .Net Framework 4.5
Preparing Active Directory Schema
Mount the Exchange Server 2016 Preview installation Media and Open Windows PowerShell and run the below command as Administrator
.setup /PrepareSchema /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms
Preparing Active Directory
On the command prompt, run the below command as admin
.setup /Preparead /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms /OrganizationName:”Enter Exchange Org Name”
Browse to the setup location and run the below command as adminstrator.
.setup /Preparedomain /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms
Installation of Exchange Server 2016
Now we are going to Start the installation of Exchange 2016 Preview.Double click the downloaded Setup.exe.
On the Check for Updates page, select whether you want Setup to connect to the Internet to download updates for Exchange 2016 Preview and click Next.
Now the setup will copy the required files to do successful installation
Accept license agreement and select “Recommended settings” and continue the installation.
Selecting recommended settings will enable the exchange 2016 to check online for solution when encountering errors.
Select the server role of your choice “Mailbox role” and select the check box for “Automatically install Windows Server roles and features that are required to install Exchange Server.”
Once you select the server role, choose the install location and select “No” for malware scanning. The installation and readiness check will take some time. Once the setup completes installing all the components, the Setup Completed will appear.