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Exchange 2016 Installation Step by Step Guide

Microsoft Exchange product has been released Exchange 2016 to the public. Here I am going to show you how to install Exchange 2016 on a testing infrastructure.


Before we jump in to installation of Exchange 2016 lets take a look at some of the System requirements and compatibility requirements.


Coexistence between exchange 2016 and earlier versions.
Exchange version Exchange organization coexistence
Exchange 2007 and earlier versions Not supported
Exchange 2010 Supported with Update Rollup 9 for Exchange 2010 SP3 or later on all Exchange 2010 servers in the organization, including Edge Transport servers.
Exchange 2013 Supported with Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 8 or later on all Exchange 2013 servers in the organization, including Edge Transport servers.
Mixed Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2013 organization Supported with the following minimum versions of Exchange:

  • Update Rollup 9 for Exchange 2010 SP3 or later on all Exchange 2010 servers in the organization, including Edge Transport servers.
  • Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 8 or later on all Exchange 2013 servers in the organization, including Edge Transport servers.
Hybrid deployments with Office 365 Supported with Office 365 tenants that have been upgraded to the latest version.
Supported Forest Functional Level for Exchange Server 2016 Active Directory must be at Windows Server 2008 forest functionality mode or higher.
Minimum Operation System Requirements
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter
Memory Requirement
  • Mailbox   8GB minimum
  • Edge Transport   4GB minimum


Please use below URL for latest information about Exchange 2016 system requirements

* You must have Enterprise Admin, Schema Admin and Domain admin rights before you start the installation of Exchange 2016.


Lab Scenario

In this lab we are using Windows server 2012 R2 Domain controllers and no legacy exchange versions. Our AD domain name is UCtalks.local and mail domain is

Installing Exchange 2016 Pre-requisites

Install Active Directory preparation pre-requisites. This will allow you to prepare AD schema during Exchange 2016 installation wizard.

  1. Open Windows PowerShell.
  2. Install the Remote Tools Administration Pack using the following command.

Install-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS


Install Mailbox Server Role Pre-requisites . Make sure to reboot the server once completing the pre-requisites installation.

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

Please use below url for the latest Exchange 2016 prerequisites


After you’ve installed the operating system roles and features, install the following software in the order as shown below.

  1. .NET Framework 4.5.2
  2. Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0, Core Runtime 64-bit


Installing .NET Framework 4.5.2


Installing Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0, Core Runtime 64-bit


We need to prepare ADSchema/ PrepareAD and prepareDomain. Please use fallowing Cmdlets for ran each task.

  1. Setup.exe /PrepareSchema /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms
  2. Setup.exe /PrepareAD /OrganizationName:"<organization name>" /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms
  3. Setup.exe /PrepareDomain:uctalks.local /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms


Prepare AD Schema – Setup.exe /PrepareSchema /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms


Prepare AD – Setup.exe /PrepareAD /OrganizationName:"Contoso" /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms


After we prepare the AD, there is no way to install Exchange 2010 or Exchange 2013 as mentioned above screenshot.

Prepare Domain – Setup.exe /PrepareDomain:uctalks.local /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms


Now we have prepare the Active Directory for Exchange 2016. It will take few minutes to few hours to complete AD replication.


Installing Exchange 2016 Using Setup Wizard

Now we are installing Exchange 2016 using GUI. Please bare in mind to use elevated prompt if we use UAC enable mode. Its always better to select to check internet for updates.


Once you check the available update and Setup will start to copy Exchange files to local disk.


Click Next.


Accept the Microsoft License Agreement and click next.


Select Recommended settings and click next.


Select mailbox role and windows features installation check box. management tools will select automatically.


Select the installation location and Click Next.


Keep enable the Malware protection settings and click next.



Click next to start installation process.




We have completed the exchange 2016 installation. Please restart the server to complete the installation.

There are lot of post installation tasks and you can find all the required configuration from below url.

New Scenarios have been released to The Exchange Deployment Assistant

In November Microsoft Exchange Team have been released the initial version of Exchange Deployment Assistant. That initial version included instructions to upgrade from Exchange Server 2003. Microsoft Exchange Team announced today they have been added new upgrade scenarios to that Deployment Assisitant. See fallowing scenarios.

  1. Upgrading from Exchange Server 2007
  2. Upgrading from a mixed Exchange Server 2003/2007
  3. New Exchange Server 2010 installation


Click here to enter to Exchange Deployment Assistant.

Exchange Server 2010 RTM has been released to public availability

Exchange-2010-Logo-748516 Today at the Microsoft TechED 2009 conference in Germany , Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop announced that Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 is now available worldwide to help businesses reduce costs, protect communications and delight e-mail users.

According to a commissioned study of technology early adopters conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Microsoft Corp., a customer can see a payback period of less than six months when upgrading to either Exchange Server 2010* or Windows Server 2008 R2. Here Microsoft PressPass story.

Here is some of the new top features

  • Reduced deployment cost
  • Simplified high availability and disaster recovery
  • Greater mobility and flexible access
  • Easier administration and decreased dependence on the help desk
  • Decreased inbox overload and increased productivity
  • Transformed voice mail
  • Safeguards for sensitive information
  • Simplified compliance
  • Reduced risk of malware and spam

Download from here: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

More information at and

New version of Exchange Remote Connectivity Analyzer has been released

logo Microsoft has updated new version of Remote connectivity analyzer. Exchange administrators can simulate several clients logon and mail flow scenarios using Remote connectivity analyzer. They added few new features and updates with this update. Here are some.

  • New user interface
  • New CAPTCHA add-on
  • Beta label has removed
  • Exchange Web Services test added
  • Outbound SMTP  test added
  • Outlook anywhere test compatible with Exchange 2010
  • added the TechNet forum link
  • Added Password confirmation text box

See below Screenshots


Figure 1 – New added things on interface


Figure 2- password confirmation text box.

To see full story, Click here.

Upcoming Exchange 2010 Developer Webcasts


ninjastar1 Microsoft Exchange team will do the six developer web casts to give what exchange 2010 mean for them. They have released channel9 video to give you an introduction regarding Exchange 2010 web services.


· 10/13/2009 – Exchange Server 2010 Development (Part 1 of 6): Migrating Applications to Exchange Web Services

· 10/14/2009 – Exchange Server 2010 Development (Part 2 of 6): A Deep Dive into Using Autodiscover Service in Exchange Web Services

· 10/15/2009 – Exchange Server 2010 Development (Part 3 of 6): A Deep Dive into Impersonation and Delegation in Exchange Web Services

· 10/20/2009 – Exchange Server 2010 Development (Part 4 of 6): A Deep Dive into Exchange Web Services Notifications (Push/Pull)

· 10/21/2009 – Exchange Server 2010 Development (Part 5 of 6): A Deep Dive into the Exchange Web Services Managed API

10/22/2009 – Exchange Server 2010 Development (Part 6 of 6): Best Practices for Building Scalable Exchange Server Applications

Windows Server and clients support the matrix of Exchange 2007 and 2010


Exchange Server 2007

  • This moment writing this post Exchange 2007 can install only on Windows 2003 SP2 and Windows 2008 SP1.
  • Exchange Management Console or Management Shell can’t install on windows 7 unless on Windows XP mode in windows 7.
  • Exchange administration via Exchange management console and Exchange management shell can install only on Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista SP2.
  • Even Exchange 2007 SP, cannot install on Windows 2008 R2.
  • Windows 2008 R2 allow you to use as Domain controller roller.


  • Exchange server 2010 doesn’t support on Windows 2003.
  • Exchange 2010 Can install on Windows 2008 with minimum SP2 and Windows server 2008 R2.
  • Exchange management shell and management console can be install on Windows vista SP2, Windows 7, Windows server 2008 R2, Windows server 2008 SP2



Exchange Server 2007

Exchange 2010

Windows XP SP2

Yes(Exchange management tools)

Windows Vista Yes Management tool can install with only SP2
Windows 7 No but can install on windows XP mode Yes
Windows 2003 SP2 Yes No
Windows 2008 Sp1 No Yes
Windows 2008 Sp2 Yes Yes
Windows 2008 R2 No Yes


Exchange 2010 System Requirements

Exchange 2007 System Requirements

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP2 has been Released

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) has been designed specifically to help meet the challenges of any business and the needs of all the different groups with a stake in the messaging system. Exchange Server 2007 SP2 is a mission-critical communications tool that enables employees to be more productive and access their information anywhere and anytime while providing a messaging system that enables rich, efficient access to e-mail, calendar items, voice mail, and contacts. For the administrator, Exchange Server 2007 SP2 provides advanced protection options against e-mail security threats, such as spam and viruses, as well as the tools to help manage internal compliance and high availability needs.


Download Exchange 2007 SP2

What’s New in Exchange Server 2007 SP2

System Requirements

Release Notes